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Public Meeting: Re-imagining Community Development – Weds 6 Dec 2017

Please note change of venue/time

Tomorrow’s public meeting on Re-imagining Community Development which was due to take place at the Dublin Food Co-op will now take place a 3 minute walk away at The Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8. This is due to a construction accident that has caused the cancellation of events in the Co-Op building.

The event will proceed as planned but a little later at 7.30pm at The Fumbally Stables so please come along and have your say on how we can re-imagine community development.

Book your free ticket on EventBrite here: https://goo.gl/6NYmXT

Join us on Wednesday 6th December 7:00 p.m.
Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8, Ireland

The story of Community Development in Ireland is a compelling tale of what can go right and what has gone wrong in our approach to development in Ireland over the last 30 years.

Led by experienced Community Development practitioner Tony O’Grady of Partners (Training for Transformation) and Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan T.D., this interactive meeting will give a brief history of Community Development in Ireland from a practitioner’s perspective, and the key principles and policy areas to consider for the development of resilient and more self-reliant communities.

The current centralised model for community development is grossly unbalanced and is undermining the great work of thousands of community groups across Ireland. We want to disrupt this model and build the foundations for a policy that will encourage a more community centric approach to development. We need community leaders and activists to help us to achieve this.

We invite you and your organisation to come along and have your say in how you think we can reimagine communities in Ireland and help them grow.

Book your free ticket on EventBrite here: https://goo.gl/6NYmXT

Dublin Greenways Campaign – Launch 29 June 2017

A public meeting will be held on Thursday 29 June 2017 at 6:30pm  in the City Wall Space at Wood Quay Venue in Dublin.

The purpose of the meeting is to launch a campaign to seek adequate funding for six planned cycling routes (three on northside and three on southside)

Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Department of Transport have highlighted cycling infrastructure as a key priority:

“to address urban congestion through improved public transport and additional public transport capacity, better walking and cycling infrastructure, improving efficiency and increased use of Intelligent Transport Systems”

(see Investing in our Transport Future and TII Statement of Strategy 2016 to 2021)

Now is the time to pressure the government and the Minister for Transport to deliver on this key strategic priority!

2017 has seen a marked increase in cycling deaths in Ireland. In 2016 the UN criticised Ireland for the poor investment in cycling infrastructure.

“The Department of Transport’s 2016 allocation for road improvements was €555 million. About €5.5 million went into improvements for cyclists and pedestrians but according to the UN’s recommendations the State should have invested some €111 million.”

(see Irish Times, ‘Unnecessary deaths’ caused by low spend on cycling infrastructure, 20 October 2016)

You can read about the six cycling routes planned for Dublin (three on northside and three on southside) here. The Green Party both in the Dáil and in Dublin City Council will be working to ensure the government increases expenditure on cycling infrastructure and in particular adequately funds these six key cycling greenways projects.  We need your help to put the pressure on Minister Ross to deliver these projects!

Please come and join us on Thursday 29 June!

Book free tickets for the event here.

Consultation on north and south quays traffic management

Deadline for public comments: Monday 10 April
You can submit comments here.

Photo courtesy of Dublin Cycling Campaign @dublincycling

Dublin City Council are running a consultation on traffic management on the south and north quays to accommodate the roll-out of the Luas cross city. This includes a proposal to remove road traffic on part of the north quays except for public transport, taxis and cyclists. This proposal is a key component of the proposed Liffey Cycleway from Heuston Station to the Point Village. Please take some time to support this proposal. You can submit comments here. Deadline for submissions is Monday 10 April.

Slouching toward recovery – Irish youth lost in an economic mire and going nowhere fast

This is a guest post by James Nugent a member of Dublin Bay South Green Party who gives his take on youth unemployment in Ireland.


In Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel, The Castle, the central protagonist K. attempts to get to a castle to find work. For the duration of this surreal story, K. fails to reach his end goal; the prize of employment. This is in large part due to the bizarre, distant, and alien surroundings he finds himself trapped in. Finding a parallel between a Kafkaesque dystopian novel and a supposedly recovering economy shouldn’t be easy but to this writer’s chagrin, the similarity between the plight faced by K. and the youth of the Republic of Ireland today positively smacked me in the mouth.

The major connection, between these two seemingly disparate things, is the lack of help afforded the relevant protagonists in their day to day life aspirations. Now, I know most of this Republic’s youth have a plethora of varying life ambitions they want to fulfil but it is not unfair to say that for a very many of them, the goal of employment is an especially pertinent one. Many of our youth find themselves in an economic mire, travailing hopelessly like K. to locate their employment without success. K. makes appeals to the suffocating multifaceted bureaucratic authority that dominates his everyday enterprise to succeed in his singular ambition, whereas our youth look toward politicians in power, private business, and education for a clear path toward a future inclusive of paid employment. Unfortunately, the receptivity of those they appeal to is askew. Although answers to their plights are provided, they are jarring and unclear. K. is lead around in dementing circles as a consequence of this. The Irish youth comparatively have figured out that aptitude tests, unpaid internships, relatively low pay for their burgeoning collection of degrees, and emigration is the best medicine for a healthy and happier future.

At present, our Government is playing two trump cards to reassure our citizenry of a prosperous economic future. The first is our country’s dropping unemployment rate, and the second is her falling national debt. If you were to traverse through the Government’s recent bit-part strategic job plan, you will notice that the only tangible positives are the above. All the rest are futile promises and verbiage designed to obfuscate reality not shape it. Depressingly, when one probes deeper into these positives, their gloss wanes considerably. 

Recent statistical figures when properly disaggregated are damning for the drop in unemployment. The current seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.1% shows the country has come a long way since the crash but the youth unemployment rate (people aged 15-24) is 15.2% which is very much an outlier in the overall distribution of unemployed persons in this nation1. Adding to this, if one cares to look at the CSO’s recent total population figures, they will see that 194,500 people between the ages of 20-34 left between 2011 and 20162. Granted some of those who left did so voluntarily but for an exodus of this magnitude, the harsh reality is that lots of people gave up on this country as a means to provide a job. Finally, to reinforce this sombre point, the job vacancy rate has stayed consistently below 1% over this period. According to the well-regarded Beveridge Curve prevalent in economic literature, there should be an inverse relationship between unemployment rate and job vacancy. As the number of unemployed goes down, job vacancy rates should increase. Alas, we have a declining unemployment rate and a non-moving job vacancy rate. What is causing this often empirically apparent and valid relationship to fail in our Republic? This writer has a hunch. Unemployed people are leaving because of the lack of vacancies. Such an answer explains away the above failed relationship. Unemployed people leaving equates to lower unemployment rates as the unemployed become a smaller proportion of the country’s populous. The vacancy rate stays depressingly low – In fact according to recent Eurostat evidence, the fifth lowest in the EU.

With respect to the lessening national debt, the Government seems to be marching unblinkered to the tune of European austerity, as if it is the only means to slash our financial deficit. Granted austerity has its merits, principally it shows capacity to honour debt repayments, but it has to be administered sparingly to be effective. Economists from Martin Wolf to Paul Krugman have pointedly demonstrated that all out austerity is not an economically desirous circumstance for growth. Our country needs economic impetus to pay off our debt more quickly. There needs to be expansionary policies. There needs to be some sort of debt restructuring. The least our Government can do is provide tangible figures that don’t mask the reality that our nation is in a deep depression at present. We are slouching toward a recovery without direction and leadership. Our youth deserve to have realistic hope for a prosperous economic future. We don’t deserve to live in a Kafkaesque dystopia without any realistic and well thought out resolution. Our democracy is too fragile a flower to survive in such an arid condition.


1 CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, Quarter 4, 2016, Table 4A
CSO Population and Migration Estimates April 2016, Table 7

Influencing how your city is managed

Do you want to influence how our capital city is run?

Do you know that Dublin City Council have an online hub where they publish public consultations on plans for our city?

Some of the current list of consultations are shown below and you can access the hub at: https://consultation.dublincity.ie/

Consultations regarding Ringsend and Poolbeg (both in Dublin Bay South constituency) are currently open and we will be posting more information on these consultations in the coming weeks.

Are you registered to vote?

Register

The Draft Register of Electors is published on 1 November each year and electors have until Friday 25 November 2016 to make any additions or amendments to their registration details (e.g. change of address).

One of the easiest ways of checking if you are registered to vote is to do so on line – go to www.checktheregister.ie, click on “Leinster” as your province, followed by “Dublin City Council” as your local authority, and then enter your details. If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section of Dublin City Council is 222 5010.

If you have recently moved, you can notify the Franchise Section of Dublin City Council so that the Supplementary Register can reflect your new address. You have to fill in a Change of Address (RFA 3) form which, after being completed, must be witnessed by a member of the Garda Síochána. The form can then be sent to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

All forms are available for downloading here.

Further information is available from Dublin City Council.

Public Consultation on A Draft Strategy Towards Climate Change Action Plans for the Dublin Local Authorities

 

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Public consultation closes on Monday 17 October at 5pm.

The Dublin local authorities want your views on A Draft Strategy Towards Climate Change Action Plans for the Dublin Local Authorities

The four Dublin local authorities (DLAs) – Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council – acknowledge that climate change is an immediate challenge and that they have a responsibility in helping to address national climate change targets. The draft strategy document therefore sets out the intentions of the DLAs to work together to develop individual yet collaborative climate change action plans, one for each local authority area.

For more info go to: https://consultation.dublincity.ie/corporate-services/draft-strategy-towards-climate-change-action-plans/

SEANAD ELECTION 2016

GRACE O’SULLIVAN has made history by becoming the first Green Senator elected through the Vocational Panel system. Previous Green Party Senators have all come through Taoiseach’s nominees or by-elections. She was elected to the Agricultural Panel of the 25th Seanad.

Senator Grace O’Sullivan now joins Eamon Ryan (TD for Dublin Bay South) and Catherine Martin (TD for Dublin Rathdown) in Leinster House.

You have a strong Green voice in both Houses of the Oireachtas, which is important now more than ever.

Catherine, Eamon and Grace

Your GREEN TEAM in the Oireachtas!
left to right:
Catherine Martin TD,   Eamon Ryan TD,   Senator Grace O’Sullivan

SEANAD ELECTIONS: TCD Panel
Please return your ballot before
11:00am, Tuesday 26 April 2016

Two members of the Green Party are running on the Trinity College panel in the current election for Seanad Éireann. ED DAVITT (who was an active member of the Dublin Bay South Greens before moving abroad) and WILLIAM PRIESTLEY are running as independents (party affiliation is not permitted for these elections) for two of the three available seats.

Ed DavittED DAVITT is a Brussels-based Irish emigrant, who has worked for the Irish and European Green Parties, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other environmental organisations. He studied History and European Politics and has been living in Belgium for the past four years. Since leaving Ireland he has stayed engaged and active in Irish politics, recently returning to help out with the marriage equality referendum and Eamon Ryan’s election campaign. He is standing together with Barry Johnston on the NUI panel on the Emigrant Manifesto, aiming to address the disenfranchisement and other issues that those that have left Ireland recently face. He also wants to be a voice for the environment and European affairs in the upper house. You can see his full platform here.

william-priestley-portraitWILLIAM PRIESTLEY studied European Studies in Trinity College, and was elected President of the Student Union in 2002. In 2003, he was elected President of the Union of Students in Ireland where he campaigned for greater access to third level opportunities and financial supports for disadvantaged students. He currently directs youth services in one of Limerick City’s most marginalised communities. He has dedicated his career to tackling disadvantage and inequality in the Irish education system and wider society. He is focusing his campaign on educational access issues and green innovation, and you can read his full platform here.

Ballots for the election were recently dispatched to registered Trinity graduates, and voters will have until 11:00am on TUESDAY 26 APRIL 2016 to return them.

We hope you’ll lend these candidates what support you can
and, if you can’t vote yourself, that you’ll get in touch with those that can!

You can support the candidates at their Twitter, Facebook and Web Pages:

ED DAVITT: Twitter, Facebook, Twibbon, Website, Donate.
WILLIAM PRIESTLEY: Twitter, Facebook, Website, Donate.

Your Green Voice is
back in the Dáil!

EAMON RYAN – first to be elected TD in Dublin Bay South

Eamon and Catherine

Thank you all for your support over the past few years. You voted for practical solutions to the challenges we face, positive politics and policies for the next generation. You sent a strong message demanding action on climate change
and social justice. This is your win. You did this.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!   BÍGÍ LINN!

“But of them all, the story that spells hope for a civil politics is the extraordinary resilience and revival of Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, apparently wiped out by Fianna Fáil, now back in the 32nd Dáil with his polite, likeable politics of consensus and sustainability, the first to be elected in his constituency.”
– Kathy Sheridan, The Irish Times, Mon 29 Feb 2016