Submission to The Draft Consultation Principles/Guidance

Submission to The Draft Consultation Principles/Guidance  To The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform,  Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D The public have a right to participate and with that right comes responsibility. Unfortunately this responsibility may not be known, acknowledged, nurtured or facilitated. My experience has taught me that it very often takes a shock or a falseContinue reading “Submission to The Draft Consultation Principles/Guidance”

Have your say in how government consults you

I have observed major issues with Irelands development process during my time as an active citizen in the past 8 years. The government and developers approach is generally to plan and then find out how to manipulate the system and people to allow their plan come to fruition. There is also an apathy within theContinue reading “Have your say in how government consults you”

August Round Up in Pictures

It’s been a while 🙂 Despite the children being off for the past two months I still managed to do stuff! I suppose the most inspiring climate and energy related event was my trip to the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. I was invited to an update on their energy independence initiative. It was great toContinue reading “August Round Up in Pictures”

Up for the Game at Croke Park

Back in 1986 I dreamed of playing camogie with Ballyboden in Croke park. Little did I expect my big game to involve “a leading Irish law firm” at an energy conference in 2015 and my team to be the Environmental Pillar. For me, day two of the energy Ireland conference started at 6am. I wasContinue reading “Up for the Game at Croke Park”

Thanks for the clarity Tommy!

May 10th was the final climate conversation and was hosted in the Abbey theatre, Dublin. I was on after Tommy Tiernan, representing the Environmental Pillar and I didn’t really know what to expect. How was he going to marry comedy with climate change? The whole event is available on YouTube linked here. I was pleasantlyContinue reading “Thanks for the clarity Tommy!”

Meeting Minister White – April 2015

My proposal is to host a national conversation akin to the ideal community conversation by bringing representatives of all of the national bodies of organisations with branches throughout the country to a workshop together and encourage them to replicate the workshop in communities all around the country.

I emphasised the importance of having the farming community at the table. The fact is that if farmers need to keep their methane emissions high sacrifices will have to made elsewhere and that will take a collaborative approach. It may be that a local anaerobic digester will cut out fossil fuel heating for some area of their town bringing the communities collective emissions down.

Empowering the Disempowered

I left my children on Monday November 3rd before heading to Dublin. When I eventually left Dublin Wednesday morning I drove home with tears streaming down my face. I cried for about two hours. It reminded me of that day in February 2013 when I started writing in rhyme following a realisation that just leftContinue reading “Empowering the Disempowered”

Two very different sides to Planning for Energy Infrastructure

On October 21st I attended two very different seminars on the same issue in the same room. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. One cost €190 or so to attend and the other was free. One was positive and upbeat while the other was oozing negativity and mistrust. The earlier of theContinue reading “Two very different sides to Planning for Energy Infrastructure”

National Energy Policy – Next Phase

Last Wednesday September 24th I attended the launch of the next phase of the National Energy Policy. This was my first event with Alex White, the new Minister at the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, DCENR. My impression was very positive and I feel he is intent on ensuring this policy can work.Continue reading “National Energy Policy – Next Phase”

Apolitical or Apathetic? #Peoplesclimate in Clare

This Sunday is an opportunity for everyone concerned about climate change to join others and call for meaningful action. It’s all planned to show world leaders attending the UN summit next week that we want them to act now. There is a massive march taking place in New York. I would love to be there.Continue reading “Apolitical or Apathetic? #Peoplesclimate in Clare”