Our Presentation to the Kildare County Councillors
Monday 24th October 2022
We were delighted with the opportunity to make our Biodiversity loss and Peatlands Park presentation at the full monthly meeting of the Kildare County Councillors.
When we arrived we were invited to the Cathaoirleach Fintan Brett’s office to meet with him. He greeted us kindly and spoke with us about the club, our campaign and about the duties of a Councillor and Cathaoirleach . He was happy to hear some of us are keen to be Mayor when we’re older!
The County Councillor’s role and responsibilities include representing the electoral area for which they are elected and the local authority as a whole, decision-making, developing and reviewing council policy, regulatory and statutory duties.
These hard working Councillors represent us at Government so if, like us, you have an important message you should contact them.
Here we are some of the club members with Cathaoirleach Fintan Brett who was looking dapper in suit and tie wearing the official Cathaoirleach chain although we’re used to seeing him in wellies from when he joined our native tree planting event at Naas lakes and got stuck in!
We arrived in the chamber through a “secret” passageway from the Cathaoirleach’s office where the councillors were already sitting in their seats. We began the presentation by showing them our film. Then we spoke about Biodiversity Loss and explained why the Proposed National Peatlands Park would be great for biodiversity and great for Kildare and the Midlands.
We were delighted to receive a standing ovation from all the Councillors in the chamber. A first, for all of us!
We gave all the Councillors a business card with our club details on one side and the NPP site details on the other side. Then we ran a competition for the councillors to guess the amount of signatories were on the petition and the winner got a voucher for the Refilz shop in Naas.
The proposed park would be a huge win for Biodiversity, for Ireland reaching it’s climate targets and for our futures.
We hope the Councillors will push our Government to make the National Peatlands for Kildare and the Midlands a reality.
Please sign our online petition here:
Visit the The National Peatlands Park website for more information about the proposed park.
Thanks to all the Kildare County Councillors who listened to and supported our presentation.
Thanks also to the KCC staff who helped out on the day and beforehand.
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