Lord Mayor’s Commission on Employment

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Emer Costello, is to be commended for establishing a Commission on Employment for Dublin. This is an inspired and necessary goal for the City Council and tackling unemployment or, to put it more positively, creating employment is essential for the future well-being of all who live and work in our city. The Lord Mayor’s Commission has set up working groups on a number of key areas: (1) Unemployment & Employment, (2) Business, Entrepreneurship & Finance, (3) Education, Skills and Training, and (4) Volunteering & the Social Economy.  The commission have invited submissions and I have copied below my own contribution on the area of Education, Skills and Training.  Dublin City of LearningLet’s stop and think and about learning.  No I don’t mean schooling, or formal training or the pursuit of new qualifications.  I want us to think about learning – what it means for each each of us and how it gives purpose to our lives.We learn throughout our lives and each time we face new challenges, we take on new information, adapt our thinking and develop new skills.  We learn how to build our identity as we emerge from teenage years, we learn Read More …

Our Digital World invades the Bicycle!

The Dublin bike scheme is a welcome addition to our city.  It will be great for toursists and locals alike.  Dublin is a relatively flat city and if you can brave the wind and the rain then cycling is a great way to get about. I had seen the new stands being constructed and looked forward to the inauguration of this new service for many months now.  How practical!  How green! How good of our city and government to, at last, offer something for ordinary people to use and to enjoy. So you can imagine my enthusium to read the practical details as they were published in the newspapers this weekend.  Then I saw something that made me slightly uneasy: Users, who must register online at www.dublinbikes.ie, pay a €10 annual membership fee and leave a €150 security deposit through a credit card or bank draft. Mmm…  I’ve been around long enough to realise that you can’t just leave bikes lying around and expect people to use and return with honour.  No – the need for a deposit did not bother me – nor the €10 annual membership.  Even the charges per hour are reasonable and it is understandable that Read More …