Public Meeting 29th June

Greenway Campaign Launch

We want to develop a network of 6 new Greenways in Dublin. We want safer, better, smarter, cleaner travel. We want a city that functions.

Join me in Wood Quay on the Thursday the 29th at 6:30pm of June to launch this campaign.

 

For further details check out our event page and to get your free ticket click here.

 

 

River Dodder Walk May 21st

Join us for a social walk along the River Dodder from Bushy Park to Clonskeagh House pub on Sunday the 21st of May from 15.00-17.00. Come along for a fun day out and be sure to bring a friend, a family member and maybe if the bus driver will allow it, your four legged friends.

As it’s a Sunday, we thought it would be a great idea to get out and have a social walk along one of Dublin’s nicest green walks. We will meet at the junction of Tempelogue Road and Rathdown Avenue, just outside the park (opposite the gates of Terenure College) at 15.00 and head along the river through many of the city’s nicest riverside parks, finishing up in the Clonskeagh House at about 17.00. The walk is approx. 5km.

There is an abundance of biodiversity in the Dodder, including otters, kingfishers, trout, mayflies and more. With any luck we will spot some animals on our way down the river.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the day!

Sign the petition to help tackle our worsening litter crises!

We believe we badly need a deposit refund system in Ireland to help tackle our worsening litter crisis. It would work like this. A small charge (eg. 10c) would be added to the price of drinks in cans, & glass & plastic bottles. When the container is returned to the shop the 10c is returned to the consumer. The returned containers are then reused or recycled. A bit like the plastic bag levy, this system has proven to be very effective, recovering up to 95% of containers. Imagine the difference that would make to our coasts, countryside, towns & cities.

Join the hundreds of others who have signed the petition here

The Citizens' Assembly

I welcome the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion but it is important is that the Government puts them into action, and presents a draft timeline for a referendum on the 8th Amendment.

Politicians can no longer bury their heads in the sand on the issue of the 8th Amendment. They must now take responsibility, and legislate for a referendum to repeal the 8th, and allow access to terminations in a wide range of circumstances, as per the Assembly’s recommendations.

For far too long, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have abdicated their responsibilities as legislators on difficult issues, like abortion. The Government must now present a draft timeline for legislation on repealing the 8th Amendment. They must not let the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly go unheeded, like they did with many of the Constitutional Convention’s recommendations.

You can see my questions to the Tánaiste in March on the issue of the timeline of a referendum on the repeal of the 8th. 

 

Green Party Convention

I had the pleasure of speaking in front of an outstanding group, both new and old members coming together to make a real difference and share new ideas. 

The Green Party Convention showed that there is a real fire alive in our members, that we possess the raw energy needed to make a sustainable, efficient and more democratic Ireland.

With the fear being spread by US President Donald Trump, now is the time to stand up to those who inspire hate, now is the time for us to rally together and come up with real plans to tackle the issues that Ireland is facing.

We need ideas that benefit Ireland, ideas that tackle Brexit head on, plans that put Ireland in a green future, a plan that will make an island worth living in. 

We are the resistance and the renaissance.

You can read the full text of the speech here

 

 

 

Green Party Convention March 24/26th 2017

This year's Convention in Waterford will be held on March 24th - 26th in The Tower Hotel. We are very excited to be back in Waterford again, and the Waterford Greens are doing a tremendous job in organising a fantastic line up of events, debate, speakers and entertainment.

You can register here.

I am delighted to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Peter Willcox, whom many of you will know as the former captain of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior serving alongside our very own Senator Grace O'Sullivan. He will be interviewed in the main convention room on Friday night (24th).

In addition to the regular debates on motions, we have confirmed side & breakout events including a seminar on mindfulness and mental health, a panel discussion on the media, politics and the challenge of 'alternative fact' politics, a facilitated discussion on achieving a Just Transition, meetings for Young Greens, Mná Glasa and New Members and much more to be confirmed.

Added to this we are delighted to announce the return of exhibition stands - featuring a range of local and national sustainably-focused businesses who will be there to inform and educate about their products.

Our friends in Waterford are also working on outdoor pursuits for Members - in particular it is hoped to have an organised cycle of the newly opened Deise Greenway on Sunday 26th. If you can't bring your bike to Waterford, we hope to arrange rental from a local supplier - so please indicate on our registration page here if you would like to rent a bike.

Most importantly - Members will have ample time to meet, catch up and share a drink. We have arranged for live entertainment in the Tower Hotel bar on Saturday night.

Hope to see you there.

Campaign to protect Ticknock Forest Park

Ticknock Forest Park, which attracts 150,000 visitors each year, was due to be cut down.

Today we welcomed Coillte’s announcement that they would halt planned clear felling of 20 acres of trees in Ticknock Forest Park, but have called for Coillte to convert their 2,500 acres of forestry in the Dublin Mountains into a National Park.

We welcome the fact that Coillte has put a stay on the clear felling of the Ticknock Forest. The trees are worth far more as a part of a forest park as a recreational facility rather than being chopped down for lumber.

We now want to see this approach extended to all 2,500 acres of Coillte managed forests in the Dublin Mountains. They can be managed as a new National Park, by switching to a 'continuous cover' rather than 'clear felling' form of forestry.

Under this approach you take out individual groups of trees to create small clearings within the existing cover. This allows older and more valuable trees grow alongside smaller saplings. It is better for sustainability, better for biodiversity, more profitable for Coillte in the long run, better for tourism and better for the people of Dublin city.

Over 160,000 people visit the Ticknock Forest Park each year. Rather than chopping down the forest we need to protect these recreational spaces and Green lungs for our city. We’re glad Coillte have taken this first step in the right direction.