Ireland as a leader tackling Climate Change

You may think I need a psychiatric assessment when I say I am really excited about the fact that I have to write numerous submissions in the coming weeks. The Citizens’ Assembly is inviting members of the public, representative groups and citizen organisations to make submissions on the third topic they will consider ‘How the StateContinue reading “Ireland as a leader tackling Climate Change”

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”

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”

Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan

As some of you will know I have spent the past number of years advocating for the People’s Energy Charter request for comprehensive public participation in Ireland’s National Energy Transition Plan. A brief synopsis of the outcome is here and more in-depth report on my work is here. The questions everybody asks are “What isContinue reading “Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan”

The Cost of Inaction & #cattlebubble

How do we budget in the coming years so that we can pay fines for not taking action to reduce our green house gas emissions? Where will the money come from? Healthcare? Education? Welfare? Pensions? They are the burning questions I will take away from the first ever National Economic Dialogue #NED15 held on JulyContinue reading “The Cost of Inaction & #cattlebubble”

Todays Children – Tomorrows World

What steps do you take when your child has a temperature? I usually monitor them for a day to see how they get on. If their temperature remains high I reach for the paracetamol to bring their temperature down because a high temperature can be fatal. It’s amazing how nature works. One minute they’re jumpingContinue reading “Todays Children – Tomorrows World”

National Energy Review – We need a Vision

Well that has been some week! I met with my local Senator, John Whelan, last Thursday January 9th. We had a long chat about Ireland’s energy policies and everything they evoked. We agreed on lots but one thing in particular – Irelands energy policy needs an overhaul – a complete, extensive review with public participationContinue reading “National Energy Review – We need a Vision”

Clearing out Clutter – why?

I suppose it all started to spill out in writing during February 2013 when, upon hearing of a sudden death, I had the occasion to consider the legacy we leave to future generations. Recently prompted by my eldest daughter to clear out clutter I now begin in the best place to start – my mind. This isContinue reading “Clearing out Clutter – why?”