“I’ve been waiting all week for this. A Saturday night out with the boys. Maybe I’ll meet someone. Always a chance of that in Pulse”
Replace ‘Pulse’ in the above with any gay club or bar in any city around the world and that is probably the thoughts of some those there. It’s normally similar to mine on Friday or Saturday night out in Cork.
But for those attending Pulse in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night, it all ended so differently, so tragically. when a gunman opened fire and killed 50 people, and injured countless others. Members of the LGBT*Q Community, just like me.
It’s hard to figure out mu feelings on this. I’m hurt, angry, heartbroken, shocked, vulnerable and sad. I’m angry that this could happen. That someone could target people just because of who they are, who they love, how they were created.
But we cannot respond in kind. We cannot blame a particular religion, or all religions, for one man’s actions. We must be better than this. If we react to hate with hate, then hate wins. Martin Luther King speaking in 1963 said
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction … The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
We must now reach out the hand of comfort to out LGBT*Q Brothers and sisters in Florida who are hurt, grief-stricken, and scared. We must reach out to those who mourn the loss of family friends and friends. We must also look out for those in the world-wide LGBT*Q Community for whom the fear of attacks, rape and murder are a daily fear.
But on the other hand we must also reach out the hand of understanding to our Muslim Brothers and Sisters here and the US as they face the inevitable backlash due to one man’s actions.
We in the LGBT*Q Community must continue to stand tall, roar loudly to be treated equally, demand our place in the Public Square, and not bow our heads in shame because of who we are pr who we love. We must do this, not just for ourselves, but those worse off. The members of the LGBT*Q Community who still live in countries where it is illegal to be gay, for LGBT*Q Muslims, and for LGBT*Q Refugees.
Those of us in religions must continue to work hard to ensure an affirming welcome for all in our churches, temples, mosques and synagogues. This work isn’t easy, nor should it be. But we cannot put limits on God’s love that is open to all.
Here are some interesting events coming up in Cork over the next few weeks
JCI Cork – April Event: Impact Talks – Thursday 28th April, 7pm, Clarion Hotel
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cork is this week hosting an Impact Talks where the guests will be speaking on the topic of “If I knew then what I know now… what I would tell my younger self’.
The speakers are Cliona Murphy, Vice President Technical for PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours, who is based in Cork with global responsibility for Research & Development, Quality, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety and Global Quality Services and Commander Peter Twomey of the Irish Naval Service and is now head of Personnel Management.
This should be a great event. Tickets are free for JCI Members and there is a small charge for non-members. Full details on the Eventbrite Page
Cork International Choral Festival April 27th – May 1st, across the City
The Cork Choral Festival takes place around the May Bank Holiday Weekend every year and there is loads happening around the city. Some are free and while others are ticketed. See the website for full programme and details.
My favourite part of the Festival is Shandon Sunrise. This year it is taking place on Sunday May 1st at 6:05am. With singing from the Clock Tower from Cathal O’Boyle and the Cork Chamber Choir to welcome in the dawn. This is a truly wonderful experience. It is followed by an ecumenical service in St Anne’s. Come along to this FREE event! More details here.
Cork Feminista – Coffee Connections – An International Women’s Breakfast – Monday May 9th, 10am, The Haven Cafe
Coffee Connections is a womens breakfast event hosted by Cork Feminista & Love and Care for People. Come along to share coffee and stories with women from diverse backgrounds in Cork. Feel free to bring a breakfast dish to share if you like! More details see the Facebook Event
This past weekend Ireland marked the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. I was lucky that I was able to travel to Dublin for the weekend.
I stayed with a friend in Grand Canal near Boland’s Mill one of the sites of the rising.
Now before the weekend I wasn’t too gone on remembering an event that didn’t place on this date 100 years ago. But the realisation slowly dawned on me that there was no point in marking the ‘Easter Rising’ a month after Easter if we were to follow the actual date of the Easter Rising. (Plus April 24th is the Census date)
Early Sunday morning I was outside the St Patricks Cathedral where I saw the Colour Party of Óglaigh na hÉireann carrying the flags of the revolutionary bodies.
Inside the Cathedral, while the prevailing sentiment seemed to be that we were marking this event a month early, one of the most poignant moments of the Easter Service was the reading of the names of those of the Cathedral Community who died Easter Week 1916.
485 people died that week due to the uprising, including women and children.
Following the Service I was on St Stephen’s Green where I watched the parade past the GPO. It was wonderful to see the Emergency Services, both state and voluntary being given places in the parade.
For me the centenary was an inclusive event. What it means to be Irish is not strictly defined and has been widened to include many ‘new’ Irish who have made Ireland home in the past 100 years. It wasn’t just about the events 100 years ago. It was also the events that followed. It was about our eventual freedom, our foundation as a state and how all the followed has been inspired by the Proclamation issued form the GPO in 1916.
I was also lucky to have been involved in Proclamation Day on March 15th in St Luke’s National School where I serve on the Board of Management. This was a wonderful occasion where the yet again the focus was not just on the events of 1916, but of a new Ireland and a new proclamation from the School Children and their hopes for the future of Ireland.
The final show of the weekend, Centenary on RTÉ, really summed up the experience of the weekend. I was so proud to be in Dublin at the weekend, and watching Centenary and seeing the wealth of Irish Talent marking the events of the Irish History was wonderful. It made me proud to be Irish, proud of our History, our culture and our people. It also gave me hope for the future of this proud nation.
Finally, like throughout Irish History, we as a people are not defined by a single event. Whether rebellion, civil war, emigration or growth. But what we are is continually inspired by our past. Whether it is our cultural past such as alluded to in Arthur O’Shaugnessy’s poem Ode
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
Or the words of the Proclamation issued in 1916 where we continue to live up to the ideals set within it to “guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens” and “cherishing all the children of the nation equally”
We can be proud of what we have achieved in the last 100 years. Let us now look forward as Proud Irishmen and Irishwomen to the next 100 and live up to ideals of the republic.
IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.
Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.
We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God. Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.
Signed on Behalf of the Provisional Government.
Thomas J. Clarke,
Sean Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh,
P. H. Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt,
James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett
Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback with us in the Cork Pride 2014 Survey, your options and suggestions are greatly appreciated and will help us ensure that the festival is one the whole Cork community can be proud of.
If you would like to get involved more with Cork Pride, we are hosting our AGM on the 19th of January at 7pm in the Cork Gay Community Development offices at 8 North Mall, Cork City, for directions please see https://goo.gl/maps/yaOrx
This is the first of two meetings. At this meeting Officer reports will be presented and those who wish to get involved can get a better idea of the roles.
* Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD
* Dr Conor O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UCC
* Laura Harmon, President USI (Union Students Ireland)
* Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN
The aim of this public meeting is to encourage people of Cork to become involved in building a winning referendum campaign.
This is of course very important for us who want a Yes Vote in May!
Refresh for updates, thanks to @AudreyEWalsh for some of the quotes
Hello and welcome to my live blog of the UCC Economics Society Economic Conference. There is a great line up of speakers organised and I will be updating this post as the day goes on. Feel free to ask questions in the comments on Twitter (@spiller2 or @corkeconomics) or on Facebook. Todays Timetable:
11:30 – 11:35 Welcome by Stephen Barry, Auditor of UCC Economics Society
11:35 – 11:50 Opening Address by Robbie Butler, UCC Department of Economics
11:50 – 12:50 Panel Discussion 1: Is politics the greatest stumbling block to economic stability? Ciaran Lynch TD, Sinead Ryan and Declan Jordan, Peter Mathews TD and John Considine (Chair)
12:50 – 13:20 Q&A
13:20 – 14:20 Lunch
14:20 – 14:40 “Gaming It: Incentives, Cheating and the Grey Area in Sports” – Declan Jordan
14:40 – 15:40 Panel Discussion 2: The Eurozone – wobbling on a tightrope between growth and debt? Megan Greene, Seamus Coffey, Brendan Keenan, Lorcan Roche-Kelly and Tim Harford (Chair)
15:40 – 16.10 Q&A
16:10 – 16:20 Coffee Break
16.20 – Keynote Speech by Tim Harford
We can go from Primary to University without studying Economics.
We don’t teach basic Economics, how to save, how to spend, how not to spend more then you earn
Interest in Economics has declined since the recession.
Need to capture imagination of young people. Less than 10% leave formal education with education in economics
Panel 1: Is politics the greatest stumbling block to economic stability?
Politics isnt the greatest stumbling block to economic stability
Do Governments hinder or help the Economy
13 Countries with good growth had committed, credible and capable Government
Bad decisions and Bad Governments can damage Economies
Electorate needs to incentives “good politicians” with “Good policies”
we tend to see politics as a problem, we get the government we deserve, we elected them
we elected the same government 3 times who had short term views, but we contributed to it
Peter Matthews TD
We’ve had a volatile economic situation here, as opposed to stagnation (Japan) or depressed (Soviet Union)
Unregulated markets has wrecked the real economy.
Read the “Price of Inequality” – Joseph Stiglitz
Also read “Thinking Fast & Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
This country is overburdened by debt which is unsustainable! A debt right down for Ireland would be the right thing to do!
The 11 MEPs need to agree on working together to reduce the €53bn debt
1st lesson of economics is of scarcity, 1st lesson of politics is to ignore the 1st lesson of economics.
Where there is conflict between Economist and Politicians, the tax payer ends up the loser.
Examples are Irish Water, HSE, Bank Crisis and unprofitable routes on public transport
No politician wants to be called brave
Ciaran Lynch TD
If Government is a stumbling block for economic stability if bad policies are followed, its not if good policies are followed.
Everyone now has opinion about economics just as in politics
The financial crisis has both internal and external causes!
Economics does not come with an ideology, just like Politics
Coming out of the current crisis/bailout is an example of how politics can work
Life cycle carbon taxes – there is not enough materials in the world to meet future supply.
Politics does not cause instability but pursuing economic dogma does
Q&A:Question: How do we get the Politician’s we deserve
Economist should provide Electorate with information
Economist should fact check on political policies
“ECB Monetary Policy” – Lorcan Roche Kelly
German Economy is the most important tool to the the ECB
To get where the ECB wants to be, the must do something new. They can’t cut interest rates. Money supply must be managed better!
The crisis that Europe is facing, is not a debt crisis…. it is a growth crisis!
The best thing that happened to the ECB was Trichet leaving the bank and Draghi coming in
The Euro suffers from a publicity problem
“Gaming It: Incentives, Cheating and the Grey Area in Sports” – Declan Jordan
Lots of cheating in sport, Luis Suraz, World Cup 1982, Theire Henry, A-Rod, Lance Armstrong, Maradonna.
Cheating is not new, its easier, they do work hard
Is bending the rules allowed?
Cheating needs a new definition
Should be defined as Breaking the rules for Advantage
Panel 2: The Eurozone – wobbling on a tightrope between growth and debt?
Eurozone is still a collection of National Economies, cant be compared to USA. Huge disparities between Governments
The eurozone crisis could easily erupt again!
Ireland facing more contraction until 2016, Public spending can grow beyond that if we reach that if international recovery
Is Ireland political willing to continue walking the tightrope? It will still be tough
A Tightrope… doesn’t matter which side you fall off! You fall off! A second bailout would lead to unknown territory.
Adding an item to the agenda, INFLATION…… it should be growth, solvency and inflation.
It is important to look at 2 different solvency levels: 1) Public Solvency levels 2) External Solvency levels
2014 will be a chronic year for the Eurozone, however next year things should get get better!
Germany has some room to provide some stimulus, but unlikely as its facing a rapid ageing population
German’s population is ageing and while their fiscal policy is good, their future generations will be paying the price.
Banking Union will not be about burden sharing, which was the point
Debt conference in Europe with all the weaker countries (and perhaps France), to restructure debt, is necessary.
The most political likely deal is debt restructuring. It will be politically tough. But rescheduling at least is nessecary
If deflation appears in prices, it might not be too bad. However, if it appears in wages, it would not good!
Deflation also affects Government income, VAT and Duty.
Those most hurt by deflation are those in debt. Most in debt? Governments- where anti deflation comments come
We still havent solved the Banking Crisis
EU needs to become more federal, whether in policy or fiscally, for social project of 1950s to avoid getting stuck
The Burden of the Debt has to go Somewhere
Lorcan Roche Kelly
Eurozone is almost a Co-Op
The Eurozone is a good tempate for a Federalised Europe
We need a really bad crisis for politicians to hand over fiscal power. Seeds are there for that crisis. Sovereign Debt
The answer is more Europe
Integration or Disintegration
We are half way across canyon, if we turn around we will fall off.
Keynote Speech: Tim Harford
Focusing on the story of Alban William Phillips (Also known as Bill Phillips)
He is the Indiana Jones of Economics
Invented the Moniac the first computer model of an economy
Developed the Philips Curve, the correlation between inflation and unemployment
The 1970’s Oil Crisis discredited the Philips Curve
When he developed the curve he never believed in it.
This Saturday, the UCC Economics Society will be holding their Economic Conference. There is a number of excellent speakers lined up (see below) which should be interesting to a lot of people. The reason I am posting this is that I shall be there and covering it on Twitter, Facebook and the blog.
Multi-million selling author and BBC Radio presenter Tim Harford will be the keynote speaker at the UCC Economics Society inaugural conference on Saturday the 1st of February in the Aula Maxima, UCC from 11am to 5pm. Other speakers include economists, broadcasters, politicians and journalists.
Harford spent some time lecturing in UCC in the nineties. Since then he become well known through his writing. He contributes to the Financial Times where he writes the world’s only economic ‘agony aunt’ column. His most recent publication ‘The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to run or ruin an economy’ takes a step into macroeconomics, while his online TED talk has over 150,000 views (link http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_harford.html )
The conference features a number of other high-profile panellists who will debate European and political related economicaffairs. Megan Greene, Chief Economist with Maverick Intelligence, based in London, will speak about the current European situation. Other speaks include Brendan Keenan, former Economics Editor for Independent Newspapers, Sinead Ryan, consumer and personal finance journalist with The Herald, and Ciarán Lynch TD, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. UCC economists will also contribute, including Robbie Butler, Seamus Coffey and Declan Jordan.
The conference comes as part of a string of economics events running from Monday 27th January – Monday 3 February.Economist and author David McWilliams will officially launch ‘Economics Week’ on Monday 27th January in Boole Lecture Theatre 1 at 6:30pm. The week will be concluded by John Fitzgerald, Research Professor at the Economics and Social Research Institute, on Monday 3rd February at 7pm in Kane Science Building G02. A full timetable is available here: http://www.ucceconomicsconference.com/
Speaking ahead of the event, conference convener Jamie Cullinan said, “This conference is intended to unite leading academics and practitioners in the field to discuss economic problems with a view towards finding a pathway into the future. Applying the discussion to matters of politics and policy will focus the conference on the most current topics in a continually challenging economic environment.”
“Thanks to our hard-working team, we are very happy to have such a fantastic line up from international and national commentators and economists. Many people have read Tim Harford and he has enthralled us with his writing, while we’ve seen the likes of Megan Greene and Sinead Ryan speaking at Kilkenomics where they proved very insightful commentators. Now more than ever economics is to the forefront of society. Economists have dug into real-world matters and tried to understand human behaviour.
“Importantly this discussion will take place in a college setting and will have the power to influence economic thinking into the future through the attending students, who will also be given an opportunity to question the prevailing economic thought and policy issues on the day.”
Mashable have come up with a great idea to coincide with the G-8 Summit in Lough Erne Golf Resort, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on the 17th and 18th of June. Mashable have challenged its members on Meetup.com to host a G-Everyone in their local community and I have decided to try and do it!
So what is it?
Organized through Mashable’s Meetup Everywhere platform, G-everyone meetups will take place on the eve of the G8, a forum of the world’s eight wealthiest Western countries. The goal of G-everyone is to make the G8 more accessible, and to brainstorm ways to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
G-everyone will provide an open dialogue around the G8’s core themes of “Open Economies, Open Governments and Open Societies.” Mashable will crowdsource the best ideas and thoughts from our community via Meetup Everywhere, and report back to the leaders at the G8.
The G-everyone conversation will happen during a 24-hour global meetup on Monday, June 10. To organize or attend a meetup, register on Mashable‘s Meetup Everywhere community.
So the Meet-Up in Cork is planned for 7pm on June 10th. I am currently working on securing a venue.
The topics to be discussed on the night are:
How can innovation stimulate your local economy?
How can technology make your government more open?
How can online communities help build healthier societies?
As you can see there is something for everyone!
Mashable promises that they “will gather global data from the G-everyone Meetups through +SocialGood and report back on the themes and ideas emerging around the world. The initial G-everyone themes will be shared at a series of high-level meetings in London during the G-8″
If your interested shoot me an email Stephen(at)stephenspillane(dot)com and I will let you know what the details are as soon as I know. Also if you have any ideas on a location or know people that should be involved do let them know!
Its only by coming together and sharing ideas that we can make the world a better place.
The G-everyone Meetup is brought to you by the Social Good Summit partners: Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Progamme and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Campaign for Children will be holding a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 25th, at 6pm in the Geogrpahy Lecture Hall in UCC. It is part of a series of public meetings to inform people about the work of the campaign.
The Campaign is chaired by Former Supreme Court Justice Catherine McGuinness. Its board also contains some influential people, including Fergus Finlay of Barnardos and Olivia O’Leary.
Are you aged between 18-25? Do want to see Social Change in Ireland? Do you want to change something in Irish Society?
Check out Wave Change. Wave Change is a new programme being launched by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland for 18-25 year-olds who believe that they have a role to play in building the Ireland we all want to live in and who want to have a stronger voice in society. The programme provides training, development, seed funding and networking opportunities to help make this a reality.
They are kicking off the programme in November 2011 with Wave Change Weekends in Cork (November 12&13), Dublin (November 26&27) and Galway in mid-January 2012.
If you like what happens at the weekend you can apply to join a group of 30 for a 10 month programme beginning in February 2012. Which will include:
A series of 5 skills-based training weekends from February 2012 in areas as wide-ranging as journalism and social media, lobbying and advocacy, research & evaluation, idea generation and project planning, with support from expert practitioners working in the field
Coaching in individual and group-focused development
Support and advice in setting up an idea, project or campaign
Seed funding to help launch a Wave Change idea
Individual networking and development opportunities on issues of interest chosen by the participants
Applications for the Cork Weekend close on October 21st. If you want to take part in the 10 month programme, you must attend one of the weekends.
Today I met with Linda and Fiona of Wave Change and it sounds like an interesting idea. The Programme would be major benefit for anyone interested or working in social change in Ireland. These skills are crucial for young people who want to make changes to Irish Society!