DBS Greens update – September 2014

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Green Party Councillors elected to Dublin City Council

Since our last update we’ve had great success in Dublin Bay South with our two candidates elected.  A big thanks goes out to all those who voted for Patrick Costello and Claire Byrne.  There are now have three Green Party representatives on Dublin City Council including Ciarán Cuffe in Dublin North Inner City.  Patrick has been appointed to the Housing and Protocol Committees and Claire will sit on the Arts, Culture, Leisure and Community Committee and the Environment Committee. Ciarán Cuffe has been appointed Chair of the Transport Committee.  To contact Patrick please email patrick@patrickcostello.ie and you can contact Claire at clairebyrnegreenparty@gmail.com

From Canal Bank to West Bank

WestBank2Patrick Costello, recently elected to Dublin City Council in Rathgar – Rathmines, has travelled to the West Bank to act as a human rights observer in the occupied Palestinian territories between August and October 2014.

The placement, arranged before his election result, will see Patrick volunteer as an “Ecumenical Accompanier”, travelling with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Patrick will continue to serve his constituents from the West Bank, and remains available by email and phone to deal with queries and his constituent’s difficulties. Patrick stated: “Given the worsening humanitarian crisis in occupied Palestine, I felt that it was important now more than ever to follow through on the arrangements instead of withdrawing.”  You can read more about Patrick’s experience at http://canalbank2westbank.com/

DODDER HERITAGE DAY, SEPTEMBER 13th – Meet Rathfarnham Bridge, 2.30 pm

DodderThis is a fund-raising event for Dodder Action (see facebook and dodderactiondublin.com) which asks for donations of E5 per adult for the walk or E10 with barbecue.

Dodder Action hosts historian Rob Goodbody’s amble along the River Dodder from Rathfarnham Bridge to the Packhorse Bridge, chatting about the river’s amazing industrial history and pointing out the remains of its mills and weirs.  He will be joined at Packhorse by ecologist Tim Clabon who has recently conducted an otter survey and will tell us about the wildlife along the river.  Barbecue to follow on riverbank!

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