Lisdoonvarna and the Direct Provision Contract

I headed to the green schools expo last Wednesday soon after news of the proposed Direct Provision centre for Lisdoonvarna broke. I missed the first community meeting and given my recent burnout was happy to be away from it all to be honest. I got the feeling things were not going well at home soContinue reading “Lisdoonvarna and the Direct Provision Contract”

This is Just the Beginning

Prophetic words “This is just the beginning” was a comment on a post I shared on facebook about the water crisis in Cape Town. You can read The Guardian article here. They are calling this a one in 384 year drought. It’s another step in the climate changed direction. Also on my facebook feed this morning wasContinue reading “This is Just the Beginning”

Ireland as a Leader Tackling Climate Change – Citizens Assembly

The first meeting of the Citizens Assembly considering “How the State can make Ireland a leader in Tacking Climate Change” has finished. It was a very interesting couple of days with the citizens asking pretty logical, normal questions of the expert panels. It was also great to be able to watch it live streamed andContinue reading “Ireland as a Leader Tackling Climate Change – Citizens Assembly”

Meeting Minister Naughten

On Tuesday May 2nd 2017 at 2pm I sat in my car at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, linked into Leinster House for a meeting with Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment via mobile phone. If you know how the Irish system works you will appreciate the achievement in this. Thank you to my colleaguesContinue reading “Meeting Minister Naughten”

We must ensure an inclusive and fair energy transition plan for Ireland

“If you have been working with people in your community to take steps to move away from fossil fuels then you have a good idea of what is needed to shape a national vision and the actions necessary for a just national energy transition plan.” . We must unite and ensure the government create aContinue reading “We must ensure an inclusive and fair energy transition plan for Ireland”

Food Rationing, Climate Change and the #cattlebubble

“We need to ensure we can feed ourselves as well as grow an export market. Climate change will affect crops around the globe and we must be able to adapt, possibly even benefit from the situation. Food shortages are probable and mono crops, focused on one product, are inadvisable. Diversifying our farms to include a broad crop baseContinue reading “Food Rationing, Climate Change and the #cattlebubble”

For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course

Just as they do in energy, healthcare, education etc there is a “Social Housing Summit” purporting to cover: “Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs  This event will be of real interest to all housing specialists, local authorities, consultants, social workers, housing agencies, government departments, regulators, universities, suppliers and manufacturers to the sector. A one-day conferenceContinue reading “For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course”

Eirgrid, the PPNs and “What is Participation in our Energy Transition?”

I became aware of this potentially subversive proposal within the Public Participation Networks PPNs over the Christmas period and I didn’t know what to do about it. Anyone I mentioned it to had a similar reaction as I did – it’s very suspicious. It is not sitting easy with me and I am one for trusting my gutContinue reading “Eirgrid, the PPNs and “What is Participation in our Energy Transition?””

Get a Job!

Today I had an appointment with Intreo, a government department that “offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers” It’s a one stop shop to get you off welfare and back to work. I was concerned that there may be pressure put on me to get a job or go back to education but thankfully that wasn’t theContinue reading “Get a Job!”

Standing Rock

Connecting with activists on the far side of the world was a very soul nurturing experience. It’s always great to have allies in activism and the nearer the better when it comes to community action. In Ireland we have a great network of activists who collaborate across many issues. However it is also great to know that there areContinue reading “Standing Rock”