SPC meeting hears that when it comes to higher education attainment, Wexford must try harder

The most recent meeting of the Co Wexford Economic Development & Enterprise SPC (Nov 28) heard that, at 41%, Wexford has one of the southeast region’s lowest levels of students progressing to higher education. Efforts are underway to tackle this situation through South East Action Plan for Jobs and the South East Regional Skills Forum. The latter body is concerned, generally, with “fostering stronger links between enterprise, and education and training providers”. A key part of this will be an increase in the numbers of apprenticeships, traineeships and undergraduate placements in the region. No less important is the need for ongoing workforce development and upskilling so as to keep pace with technological advancements. Continue reading


Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018

Wexford LCDC (Wexford Local Committee Development Committee) recently presented four information evenings around the county on the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018. Ger Mackey, CEO of Wexford LCDC gave an outline of the scheme while consultants Ann Gallagher and Dr Yvonne Byrne put flesh on the bones. Continue reading

The Forgotten Region

The PPN reps on the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC are calling on the government to stop treating the South East as the forgotten region.

At the most recent meeting of the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC at County Hall (19 Sept 2017) they heard how the South East is the forgotten corner of Ireland when it comes to job creation and inward investment.

Presenting the latest South East Economic Monitor report Dr Ray Griffin and Dr Cormac O’Keefe, both of WIT, outlined how the region has been neglected for too long by the IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

They say that, while the region’s economy has seen some recovery, this is well below growth in other regions and well below the national average. Continue reading

FPW Presentation at PPN Meeting

I attended my first PPN meeting last night. It was a very worthwhile meeting which, under chairman John Carr, covered alot of ground. There were short introductory presentations on the work of WWETB (http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie), Comhairle na nÓg (http://www.comhairlenanog.ie/local-comhairle/wexford/) and Future-Proof Wexford. This was followed by some very lively discussions on getting the most from your SPC, funding for local groups, resource-sharing, insurance for halls, local support for different addictions and much more.
I came away from the meeting determined to deliver one message to groups who are already members of PPN, and also to those groups thinking about joining: the most important initial in PPN is the middle “P”. Participation! Local groups can really benefit from the experience of coming together and sharing ideas. It is also the best place to learn about any supports available to groups whether these be financial, technical, educational, whatever. Ní neart go cur le chéile!

Why ‘voting with your dollar’ doesn’t work

Just when you thought you were making a difference by shopping ethically and being more brand aware, you may find that your money is ending up exactly where you did not want it to go.


The fall down the rabbit hole is a long one – and often very painful. Once you start to deconstruct reality around you, you tend to alienate a lot of people. They are perfectly adjusted and don’t need your philosophical musings, thank you very much.


Vote with your dollars is something you will hear well-meaning sustainability-leaning people say a lot. I used to. I still do, to an extent, but it took a long time to realize just how difficult that is.

The idea behind voting with your dollars is to put your money where your values lie. If you are against animal testing on cosmetics, you make sure to only buy cosmetics that are not tested on animals. Easy, right? Not so fast. Did you know that The Body Shop (the most famous worldwide company for natural and ethically produced beauty products) is owned by L’oreal? I didn’t, and…

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Optimism and the Apocalypse

2512086374_5da1610fc9_bWe stumbled upon a very good and thought-provoking article which will appeal to all future-proofers. Just as we are what we eat, maybe we like to think we – the few – are shining examples of our species at its caring, sharing best! In this article Sebastien Carew-Reid says: “we manipulate the truth in order to reduce personal responsibility and validate inaction”. And, yes, he is talking about every one of us. Mind you he does say that, at some point, albeit rather late in the day, we will get wake up smell the coffee: “When hope dies, action begins.” (Beyond Hope – Derrick Jensen)

Community Garden Project in Wexford Town

Plans are underway to develop a mini Community Garden behind the Wexford Chamber of Commerce HQ on Hill Street, Wexford. This follows a meeting earlier in the year at which GIY (Grow It Yourself) and Wexford County Council announced details of a new Community Food Growing initiative in Co Wexford. This is one of the three chosen host sites.
The broad aims of the programme are for GIY to provide a support and mentoring framework to identified community groups, including Love Redmond Park and the Cornmarket Project, to enable the creation of community gardens in a number of locations in Wexford. The programme will act as a catalyst to establish thriving community gardens using the ‘Meitheal’ approach while, at the same time, bringing communities closer together.
While the Wexford Town project is relatively small it will hopefully serve to inspire other similar initiatives in the area.