Bridget Ginnity

Bridget Ginnity

BRIDGET GINNITY

Bridget strongly believes that our towns and countryside in Clare can be an even better place to live if we develop active travel and public transportation options, if we enhance biodiversity and access to nature and upgrade our housing efficiently. Public participation is the way we can achieve the best solutions, and they also reduce our carbon emissions and help us deal with the climate emergency.

Bridget brings scientific training and broad experience to these issues – as a regulatory scientist with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), as an environmental science and occupational hygiene consultant, and as product manager with air pollution instrumentation companies.

She also holds a professional certificate in governance, and is a board member with the Ennis Book Club Festival and trustee of Clare Haven.

 

Bridgie Casey

Bridgie Casey

BRIDGIE CASEY

Bridgie Casey is a member of the Traveller community, she is currently employed as Project Co-ordinator with Clare Travellers CDP. Previously, Bridgie was employed by CENA (Traveller lead housing body). Bridgie has worked with Traveller organisations at local and national level. Bridgie is committed to working with and for her community to achieve positive outcomes.

Theresa O’Donohue

Theresa O’Donohue

THERESA D’DONOHUE

I’ve been involved in environmental activism and policy making since 2007. I began to work collaboratively on sustainable community development when I discovered the Transition Network in 2007. I joined a local transition group and we basically went from turning sustainable development ideas into community projects. Some projects succeeded while others did not. I learned a LOT about community development and participation through training and experience. I noticed that many attempts to bring projects to life are blocked by bureaucracy resulting in fatigue and withdrawal by people from participating. Creative, insightful, brilliant people with amazing ideas are beaten down by the system. I’ve done the courses and it’s really the government that gets in the way.

I progressed from projects to analysing and attempting to shape the policy to support the projects. In 2009 I got involved with Laois County Development Board trying to reshape policy to appreciate public participation especially in the transition context. I realised that representative democracy is a joke and that elected officials dependent upon votes are also dependent upon council staff to deliver on their pot hole promises! Therefore they do not rock the boat if they wish to get the jobs done that support their reelection! It’s a vicious cycle.

Turns out changing local policy isn’t enough anyway. Very often the council staff will sit back and refuse to change until they get direction from central government. Effectively – even if they have all these insightful progressive policies that you worked for hours on submissions to infiltrate they will not act upon them unless they are forced to. Of course they need the resources too.

This left me with no choice but to infiltrate national policy. So I became involved with more and more national bodies in order to influence national policy so that local policy can be changed and resourced to accommodate the publics participation in our transition to a resilient, more sustainable society. Also nationally I have been on the steering group of the Environmental Pillar, the environmental social partner made up of Non-Governmental Organisations. I am involved with Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland where I coordinated the People’s Energy Charter. I’m a member of Feasta, Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and An Taisce’s Climate Change Committee. These have given me an amazing insight into national policy making and governance first hand. I was also a member of the National Economic and Social Council and the National Advisory Groups on PPNs. I am currently a member of Extinction Rebellion and still involved with Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland.

As well as catalysing Laois and Clare Environmental Networks I was a founding Secretariat member of Clare PPN and a cofounder of Futureproof Clare.

Mary Coffey

Mary Coffey

Mary Coffey

Mary’s roots are in East Clare to which she has returned. Since coming home to live in Tuamgraney full time she has been heavily involved with her local community. 

 

Professionally Mary has worked in the field of radiotherapy education and development for many years. She has wide experience of committee work at local, national and international level. Her work has resulted in professional recognition and improved education for radiation therapists and a national strategy for radiotherapy development.  

 

Since returning to Tuamgraney she has shown that she is heavily committed to community development and has been involved in many aspects of the local community :- a long term member of Tuamgraney Development Association and is currently vice chairperson responsible for the future establishment of a community centre; secretary of the local ICA guild and co-ordinator of the Tuamgraney Harp Festival.  Currently she is also the Mayor of Tuamgraney. 

 

“Mary is a woman who believes in local community and is not afraid to speak up and be heard when things need to be said….! “

Rose Anne White

Rose Anne White

Rose Anne White

Rose Anne White has been an active member of the community in Killaloe for the past six years. She founded the Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society with Arlene White in 2017, and the group has flourished since. She has campaigned for improvements locally, specifically in the area of local heritage, public transport, community gardening, and facilities for children. She has had a long career in the heritage sector and is now working in the area of public policy.