June 24: Behind the scenes

The event “Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of all the Good Energies Alliance volunteers. GEAI has no paid staff so all our work relies on the selfless work of people that comes from all over Europe. This behind-the-scences work allowed GEAI to make sure that the day went without problems. Here are some pictures of our volunteers:

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Del Thorogood, our sound technician, and Brendan O’Rourke, maker of the Manorhamilton scale model.

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Janice Raine-Conick and Olivia Mitchell at the registration table

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Meg and Cecilia were in charge of catering for all the attendees.

More pictures on Flickr.

“Independent consultant” exposed as pro-fracking

Pro-fracking company, CDM Smith,is leading the research consortium asked to carry out research study on safety of fracking administered by EPA.  CDM Smith has been involved in the development of proposals for fracking in Poland and Ukraine and is a committed promoter of fracking in Europe. (via The Irish Times)

Link to Irish Times article:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/pro-fracking-company-asked-to-carry-out-safety-study-1.2178909

Jan 15: Attending a European Movement meeting

Latvian Embassador Dr. Ginst Apals, Olga and Minister of State Dara Murphy, TD.

Latvian Ambassador Dr. Ginst Apals, Olga and Minister of State Dara Murphy, TD.

Our EVS volunteer Olga took part in the briefing of the EU council by the Latvian president last Wednesday. The event was organized by European Movement Ireland and took place at the Goverment Buildings in Dublin. Olga, from Ukraine, is really interested in European politics and she had a great time meeting with the Latvian Ambassador, Dr Ginst Apals, and with Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy, TD.

“The Ambassador expressed interest in what I was doing in Ireland and with courtesy and diplomacy tried to give answers to all my questions, especially concerning the situation in Ukraine,” Olga said

Ambassador Apals offered EM Ireland members an advance overview of the plans and priorities of the forthcoming Latvian Presidency.  Minister Murphy discussed Ireland’s current relations with the EU and expectation from the coming year.  EM Ireland’s Latvian Presidency Calendar was launched at this event.

Dec 25: A truly international Christmas

GEAI members and volunteers may be involved in the campaign against global warming but they certainly increased their carbon footprint this Christmas!  One of the surprising features of  GEAI is the number of members who are not originally from Ireland, and the number of local Leitrim people is definitely in the minority.   And, no more than our own Irish emigrants who came back to Ireland, our members travelled home (or at least out of Leitrim) at Christmas-time.  This week, members are back from Belgium, Portugal, Spain, UK (London) and Hungary.

What an eclectic group!  All have stories to tell and the stories about customs in different countries are fascinating.  Do you know that, in Ukraine, Christmas is hardly celebrated at all?  The real Ukrainian religious festival is on 6th January and marks the end of a 40-day fast.  The festival goes on for two days and gifts are given, no doubt in memory of the three Wise Men that came from the East.  Because today is 6th January, our Ukrainian volunteer Olga will prepare a traditional Ukrainian dinner to mark the day.  In Ireland, 6th January is Little Christmas or Nollag na mBan, so we will combine the two traditions by providing Irish hospitality in its truest form and celebrate in style!

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