Economic SPC report March 27th 2017

It was flagged to me early on in my days of representing the environment on council committees to make sure that a record is kept of my input. My addition to that is especially if it identifies somewhere the precautionary principle or precautionary measures should be adopted. This played out very obviously following my last SPC … More Economic SPC report March 27th 2017

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Marine Energy policy in Ireland

Clare PPN Public Participation Network received the following invite on January 17th: Please see attached invitation to participate in an up-coming workshop “Wave Energy in Ireland: Considering the future – Perspectives on Policy”. This event which is being co-ordinated by SmartBay Ireland and the MaREI Centre, UCC will take place on the 26th January 2017 at … More Marine Energy policy in Ireland

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?”

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

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 is … More Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan

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 false … More Submission to The Draft Consultation Principles/Guidance

Public Participation and the Irish System

On Friday last April 4th I was part of a delegation from Open Government Partnership, OGP that met with officials from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, DECLG. I wasn’t quite sure what the purpose of the meeting was only that the agenda was the Aarhus Convention and Citizen Engagement. Aarhus was pretty concise – … More Public Participation and the Irish System