Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Young, unemployed, angry and calling for action - one person's experience

Vivien Whelan


Vivien Whelan from Wexford is angry about being long-term unemployed, yet remains positive about the future - once people realise they must take action.
If you've an interest in seeing this country facing up to long-term youth unemployment, Vivien's article gets to the heart of the challenge at a personal and societal level and comes highly recommended by 'Changing Ireland' editor Allen Meagher.

Flood-relief Volunteers & Community give it all

- while Government criticised

'Changing Ireland' reporter Darragh Clifford-Cronin spoke to volunteers who came to the community's aid after flooding of St Mary's Park, Limerick, while local and central Government's input was less than desired.
This week, residents published a report which was very critical of the official response and forwarded a copy onto An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Darragh, a media student with Limerick College of Further Education, was on placement with 'Changing Ireland'. Watch out for his print media reports in our Spring 2013 edition.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ecoeye inspired by Tipperary's community energy scheme

- Duncan Stewart sees groundswell build in face of "massive change”

RTE’s Ecoeye on Feb 4th showcased the work of an unique LCDP-supported community energy project in North Tipperary.
Reflecting afterwards on this and a project he visited on Inis Mor, presenter Duncan Stewart said, “I believe we’re on the cusp of a massive change… it’s slow but it’s coming."
All credit to the people in Drombane and Upperchurch in Tipperary, as well as North Tipperary Leader Partnership, for setting the example and showing how it can be done.

RTE's Ecoeye visited Drumbane-Upperchurch to see how the Tipperary Energy Agency worked.
Their work featured in a broadcast on Feb 4, 2014.
Duncan is optimistic about communities showing resilience in the face of climate change: 
“Each community needs champions and a committed team. On Aran, it’s a co-operative; in Drumbane and Upperchurch, it was the local energy team. The idea of community energy is beginning to catch on.