17th December 2020 | Green Gazette

Council update: Greens welcome new Councillor, festive fundraising and Belfast’s first climate plan

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Join the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s 12 Days of ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, is hosting a virtual Christmas celebration to raise money for the Mansion House Fuel Fund – an initiative set up in 1891 to help those in need during a particularly hard winter. The Fund now operates as the Lord Mayor’s personal charity, and distributes the money raised to charities such as St. Vincent de Paul and Dublin Simon Community.

This year’s event is the 12 Days of A Christmas Carol, featuring a different Dublin personality each night reading a section of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol beside the fireplace at the Mansion House. The event will continue up to Christmas Eve and feature well known faces including Ray D’Arcy, Lisa Hannigan, Denise Chaila, Eoin Colfer and the Lord Mayor herself.

Speaking about the project to Lovin Dublin, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu said:

“The Mansion House has always welcomed the public with a series of events and engagements at Christmas. Sadly, due to the pandemic, we cannot host any of our usual ones this festive season. But we still want to show that we’re here and that we’re with you, and we want to bring you a bit of festive cheer with 12 Days of A Christmas Carol.

“I can’t wait to show you what Christmas is like inside the house so tune in!”

North Ireland Greens welcome Belfast’s first Climate Plan

Green Party Councillor and Chair of Belfast City Council’s Climate Group, Cllr Brian Smyth has welcomed the launch of Belfast’s first ever Climate Plan, calling it a “significant day for the city”

“It’s important that we manage to take communities with us on this journey, a people led transition to a low carbon city”, Cllr Smyth said. “There must also be a focus on young people giving them a central role in in delivering climate action in the city they call home.

“There are so many areas in which we can make change happen quickly through this plan. From retro fitting housing stock, which will not only reduce carbon emissions, but will tackle fuel poverty; to creating green jobs and apprenticeships, working with our education sector to give young people opportunity and hope.

“Belfast must take this chance to become a climate resilient city and bring climate action and social justice to the fore in preparing for challenges ahead.”

New Green Councillor joins Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

This week, the Green Party welcomed Oisín O’Connor as a new councillor in the Glencullen-Sandyford area on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, replacing Deirdre Ní Fhloinn. Oisín is a strong sustainable transport advocate, is involved in local campaigning groups and has sat on the local Transport SPC since 2019. As a renter with a daughter in a local school in temporary accommodation, Oisín is passionate about the need to protect renters, improve housing affordability and speed up the process of building high quality permanent homes for local schools.