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WEANING OURSELVES OFF OIL, THE BIG MESSAGE TO DRIVE RECOVERY

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 February, 2011

Busy weekend, so busy I got no blog done on Saturday. Beautiful weather to canvass Saturday however, up and down the hill at Seapark, Biscayne and Robswall and later The Strand, Hanlon’s Lane etc around Malahide. Spectacular views of Lambay. Must try and get out there to canvass sometime! Was delighted to have Greens from South Down, Dublin North West and Dublin North East join the canvas and afterwards head back to Oscar Taylor’s on the Coast Road for a light lunch. Then back to office in Swords to write back to the enquirers on the doorsteps.

Once 6pm came, out again to meet rural constituents in Oldtown and in Garristown. Expected a frosty reception after the legislation to take the terror and the risk of a serious road accident out of stag hunting. Glad to say however, many people were very warm-hearted and supportive. There were exceptions however!

We were back to Oldtown, Garristown and Ballymadun on Sunday morning too. Met many people I have known for decades through farming, drama, sport, natural history or Irish language  and music circles. Thanks to Fiona and Stiofán for the welcome cuppa in the middle of all the running around.

The atrocious condition of many roads after the severe winter weather has caused potholes to join together. Not surprisingly, I hit one such stretch and suffered a puncture. We’ll have to find the money to fix these roads from somewhere, they are lethal.

 

Former Minister for Energy, Eamon Ryan and former Minister for Food, Trevor Sargent at the launch of the Green Party's "oil Free by 2030" campaign

Sunday afternoon was spent in Dublin advocating how Ireland can ‘live well without the oil-well’ by 2030 AD. Sweden began this strategy in 2006 and has 2020 as the year for Sweden to be oil free. Sweden set up a Commission chaired by the Prime Minister and involving the likes of Volvo to plan and set targets to stop using fossil oils. As for Sweden, the benefits are important.

 

An oil-free future means : 1. Reduce climate change impact, 2. Secure energy supply, 3. Lead other nations in developing sustainable technology, 4. Strengthen international competitiveness, 5. Develop forests, field, wind and water to make the equivalent of ‘Irish oil wells’ for home use as well as for export.

Makes one wonder why no other party has the pragmatic vision to make the oil-free objective a central part of the nation’s recovery and future prosperity. Wake up folks, this society is sleep-walking to the edge of energy supply as we have known it. We must stop wasting, grow our indigenous energy sources and set our children on a Greener road to prosperity. Already the Green Party has doubled the amount of wind power in the grid to 15%, but our work is a bit like Noah building the ark. Time is running out. Vote Green and do your positive bit to float the economy and save the precious things in life from being lost.

A day in the life…SCHOOL VISIT, DISABILITY SERVICES, ALCOHOLISM, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS DÁIL MAKES FOR INTERESTING DAY.

19 October 2010

Started the day meeting parents and teachers at Garristown NS. Principal Mr Hugh Daly showed me the safer access for pupils proposed by the school as well as plans for 4 new classrooms over a welcome cup of coffee and some healthy slices of fruit in the staffroom, very tasty and impressive!

On then to launch of ‘Breaking the Barriers, an Overview of Disability Services and Supports in Fingal which was attended by the Fingal County Manager, Mr David O’Connor and Fingal Development Board Chair Cllr Kelleher and other key people, many who volunteer their time and talents. The launnch took place in Bewley’s Hotel, Baskin Lane and was addresses principally by Ms Ann Brophy, the Chair of the Fingal Disability / Accessibility Working Group.  More info on the Fingal County Council website.

Into the Dail then first to Chair  a meeting on Food Security to which members travelled from Monaghan, Laois and Wicklow with conference call to Leitrim. Later I chaired another Parliamentary Meeting as Green Party Whip.

Then out to Swords and the BASE centre in Brackenstown for a very good meeting for the public about the way Alcoholics Anonymous can help people with a drink addiction and their families. could not stay for whole meeting however as I had to get to Balbriggan Town Hall. Just got to the end of a public consultation organised by the Town Council and Public Realm group which yielded good ideas on community development.

As I headed home to iron a few shirts, I wondered had I missed something else that day given that regardless of my itinerary, I had not spotted any of my Oireachtas colleagues. No doubt I’ll find out the answer to that in the days to come.

Sargent Announces €10,000 Grant to Seal Sanctuary

17 December 2009

SARGENT ANNOUNCES €10,000 GRANT TO SEAL SANCTUARY

Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today announced the award of an ex-gratia payment of €10,000 to the Irish Seal Sanctuary, Garristown, Co. Dublin to assist the organisation in its work over the coming year. This is part of an overall package of payments totalling €1,185,000 being made immediately to animal welfare organisations throughout the country to assist in their work in 2010.

Minister Sargent, acknowledging the contribution animal welfare bodies make said, “These welfare bodies play a vital role in animal welfare and require ongoing financial support from the general public to enable them fulfil their work in promoting animal welfare in Ireland”.  The Minister thanked all the welfare organisations in both urban and rural areas particularly for their efforts and the work being done by them in circumstances that are not always straightforward, particularly when dealing with difficult animal welfare cases.

Minister Sargent said that the funding for animal welfare organisations in 2009 was evidence of the Government’s commitment in the area of animal welfare. He appealed to parents and others to think responsibly when considering giving a pet as a present and asked people “to heed the warnings and advice offered by animal welfare bodies in this regard and urged people to think carefully before giving a pet as a gift at Christmas or at any other time of the year.”

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- Grants to Animal Welfare Organisations

22 December 2008

Minister Sargent announces grants to animal welfare organisations

Mr Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today announced the award of an ex-gratia payment of €10,000 to the Irish Seal Sanctuary, Garristown, Co Dublin to assist its work during 2009. This is part of an overall package of payments totalling €1,250,000 being made immediately to 110 animal welfare organisations throughout the country to assist in their work in 2009.

The Minister paying tribute to the animal welfare bodies operating throughout the country in both urban and rural areas said that “these groups do marvellous work in rescuing, rehabilitating and providing new homes for neglected animals”.  The Minister recognises that the ex-gratia funds do not cover the full costs incurred in meeting all the demands placed upon organisations and reminded people that “these welfare organisations which play such a vital role in animal welfare, particularly with regard to small animals still require the ongoing generous financial support from the general public to enable them fulfil their work to promote animal welfare and relieve animal suffering in Ireland”.

Minister Sargent said that the continued funding for animal welfare organisations was evidence of the Government’s commitment in the area of animal welfare. He appealed to parents and others to think responsibly when considering giving a pet as a Christmas present because taking ownership of a pet comes with a responsibility to the animal and the Minister went on to say that “the number of animals that are abandoned every year as soon as the Christmas novelty has worn off indicates that people are not giving due consideration to the commitment that is required in owning an animal”.  The Minister urged people to heed the warnings and advice offered by the animal welfare organisations in this regard.

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- New Facilities at Dublin Meath Growers

12 September 2008

MINISTER SARGENT OPENS NEW FACILITIES AT DUBLIN MEATH GROWERS’ LTD. KILSHANE CROSS, CO. DUBLIN

Minister for Food & Horticulture and local T.D., Trevor Sargent opened new premises at Dublin Meath Growers, Ltd. on Friday 12th September.

DMG, as it is more commonly called, was established in 1986 as a cooperative of growers with the objective of improving returns on produce sold. It has grown since then to become an important supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, supplying to a number of major supermarkets.

Minister Sargent commented, ‘It gives me great pleasure to be asked to officially open these splendid new premises here in Fingal. The extension to the packhouse, the new offices and the new staff facilities have all been added in recent years with the aid of funds under the National Development Plan.’

He continued, ‘ These new premises will enable growers meet the most modern hygienic standards in packing and traceability, as well as the demanding specifications of the supermarkets with regard to quality assurance, presentation and labelling. It is also evidence of the success of DMG and of the commitment and hard work of the growers who supply it.’

He concluded, ‘However, the world has changed and competitors are now as likely to come from Israel, Peru or Mexico due to an absence of excise on aviation or shipping fuel. We run the risk of local farmers not being able to supply locally if this situation continues. I firmly believe that the grower needs a larger percentage of the retail price to survive and to ensure that Ireland can regain food security.’

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