Author: Martina Madden

Homes for All in Helsinki

What linked all of the presentations was the theme that the Irish housing and homelessness crisis not only could have been averted but can also be solved. All that is missing from the Irish context and present in Finland, for example, is the political will to do so.

Cost Rental Housing is Worth Doing Well

This time the social housing prototype that is being implemented half-heartedly in Ireland is cost rental housing. The ‘Vienna Model’ is considered the blueprint for public housing that is affordable, high-quality and desirable and – even though Dublin City Council hosted an exhibition about it in 2019 – to date its implementation here bears only a faint resemblance to the original. This failure to fully embrace the vision is unlikely to result in success.

‘The Right Kind of People’

What does it take to make the mental leap to put ourselves in a homeless person’s shoes? To see that it’s the same problem – ‘decent, hardworking’ people are becoming homeless because rents are too high and they can’t even think about buying a home or saving for a deposit.

COP26 Diaries: Adaptation and Interconnection

Loss and Adaptation day at COP26 was marked by an Ecojesuit webinar about climate change impacts in Oceania and Asia, and a JCFJ school talk about the interrelationships between climate change effects

COP26 Diaries: Pilgrims Return and Marching in the Rain

It’s so cold I can’t feel my hands well enough to even tweet, but being at the Glasgow climate march is worth it.

COP26 Diaries: Global Day of Climate Justice March in Glasgow

  A gallery of photos from yesterday’s COP26 Global Day of Climate Justice in Glasgow. Exact numbers are hard to estimate – some reports say up to 100,000 people attended – and bystanders said it was the biggest march they had seen in Glasgow since the protests against the Iraq War in 2003. The weather… Read more »

COP26 Diaries: Youth Climate March

  Today [5th November], the theme of COP26 negotiations in the Blue Zone is ‘Youth and public empowerment – Elevating the voice of young people and demonstrating the critical role of public empowerment and education in climate action’. Whether by coincidence or design, it also happens to be a Friday, and there is a massive… Read more »

COP26 Diaries: Girls’ education and climate action

“When leaders call us amazing they are handing over responsibility to us” adding that “I hand the responsibility right back to them”.

COP26 Diaries: Interfaith Discussion

  On arriving in Glasgow, I met someone for lunch and then made my way to the train station in Argyle Street where I attempt to buy a ticket to the COP26 site on the quays of the Clyde. But as Robert Burns would say “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang… Read more »

COP26 Diaries: The Pilgrimage Begins

The pilgrims will walk along the Union Canal between the two cities and are expected to arrive in Glasgow on the morning of Saturday 6th November, in time to merge with the Rally for Climate Action – the biggest gathering of the 12 days, predicted to attract up to 100,000 people.