National Women’s Strategy 2017-2020 Submission

As a woman engaged in policy for almost 10 years at local, national and EU level I have a lot of insight into the policy and decision making process in Ireland. I have sat on a county development board and strategic policy committees at local authority level and represented the Environmental Pillar of social partnership … More National Women’s Strategy 2017-2020 Submission

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 conference … More 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 gut … More 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 the … More Get a Job!

Shenanigans from the SPC Jan 2017

I gave an official report from my Strategic Policy Committee SPC meeting last Monday but here I will give you a little glimpse of life as a committee member amongst elected councillors and civil servants. Why? Well, I used think that the people running the country must be really intelligent and capable – why else would they be elected! I thought they must … More Shenanigans from the SPC Jan 2017

Report from Economic SPC Strategic Policy Committee meeting January 9th 2017 and subsequent actions!

“To say I was not happy with how the meeting finished would be true! When I heard the proposed changes it appeared to be a whole restructuring of the SPCs in Clare without any consultation with the PPN and our representatives on the SPCs. “ Here’s the agenda for the meeting on Monday Jan 9th … More Report from Economic SPC Strategic Policy Committee meeting January 9th 2017 and subsequent actions!

Jan 2017 Economic Development & Enterprise SPC Meeting

I have my next SPC meeting on January 9th – Strategic Policy Committee Meeting for Economic Development & Enterprise. Here’s the agenda: Minutes of meeting held on the 14th November 2016 and matters arising. Presentation by Mr. Niall O’Callaghan, Regional Business Development Manager – Mid-West. Adoption of County Development Plan. Proposed changes to SPC structure. Date … More Jan 2017 Economic Development & Enterprise SPC Meeting

Clare Economic Development & Enterprise SPC

At last I am writing my first blog report of my role on County Clares Economic Development and Enterprise SPC. I’ve been there almost 2 years and I’m feeling comfortable enough to write about it now. It’s run under chatham house rules so I won’t quote anyone. Some background. Strategic Policy Committees (SPC) are structured around the main functions of councils. They … More Clare Economic Development & Enterprise SPC

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 are … More Standing Rock

If only government would get out of the way!!!

That is the message I took away from the Energy Symposium in Cong last week. “If only government would get out of the way!!!” The sentiment was that we are all busy doing nothing on climate change while waiting for leadership from government that’s just not coming. There were representatives from a vast array of … More If only government would get out of the way!!!