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# citizens assembly

Last month
May 2023
# citizens assembly
Drug use 'everywhere' but marginalised communities face more difficulties, Citizens' Assembly hears
Assembly members are due to visit drug treatment centres tomorrow.
# citizens assembly
Citizens' Assembly on Drugs Use now open for submissions from the public
The assembly itself is made up of 99 ordinary members of the public and one chairperson, namely former HSE CEO Paul Reid.
April 2023
Therapist: Right or wrong, recreational drug use is part of the festival experience
Psychotherapist Michael Ledden, chairperson of festival welfare non-profit, PsyCare Ireland addresses drug use at festivals in Ireland.
# citizens assembly
Citizens' Assembly on Drugs holds first meeting in Dublin
The meeting is being held in the Grand Hotel in Malahide.
Addiction experts, campaigners concerned over 'transparency' of new Citizens' Assembly
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The intervention comes ahead of the Citizens’ Assembly for drugs getting underway this weekend.
# biodiversity crisis
Citizen's Assembly on biodiversity loss says State is breaking 'its own laws' on nature
Members also questioned whether the government was taking the biodiversity emergency, which was declared in 2019, seriously.
# Defence Forces
Public forum examining Ireland's neutrality to be held in Dublin, Galway and Cork in June
Micheál Martin says there is no preconceived outcome to the debate.
This year
# Man in the Middle
Paul Reid is 'pragmatic' about the criticism of his role as Chair of Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
A number of politicians have questioned the appointment.
# Chief citizen
Former head of the HSE Paul Reid has been appointed to lead the Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
Reid was head of the HSE until last year.
# Drugs
Minister for Justice Simon Harris says he 'hasn't heard' of drug use in Leinster House
Harris said such matters should be reported to the Gardaí, as Fine Gael TDs were quizzed on drug policy and personal drug use.
# drug policy
Citizens' Assembly will examine State response to illegal drugs and report back by end of year
Cabinet this morning agreed to begin the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs in April.
Opinion: We as legislators must be brave and make difficult decisions regarding drug laws
Fianna Fáil’s Paul McAuliffe says we cannot consider drug laws without understanding the trauma behind drug use.
# drugs policy
Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected to begin before summer
The Taoiseach said that a report by the Oireachtas Justice Committee would help set the terms of reference.
# drugs policy
'The war on drugs does not work': Fianna Fáil TDs call for reform to drugs policy
A report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee called for an acceleration of decriminalisation.
# Nature
Assembly on biodiversity calls on Government to reassess aims of Coillte at final meeting
The assembly’s conclusions so far include that the State has “comprehensively failed” on biodiversity.
Last year
# drug policy
'No view' on cannabis legalisation, says Varadkar as Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected in 2023
He said that “the public are ahead of the politicians” on issues like drugs policy and abortion.
# peatlands
Citizens' Assembly told of need to maintain peatlands while supporting 'just transition'
The Citizens’ Assembly has concluded its fourth meeting with an in-depth discussion on restoring and regenerating Ireland’s peatlands.
# citizens assembly
Dublin Citizens' Assembly votes to recommend directly elected mayor with significant powers
At its final meeting today, members of the assembly voted on what recommendations to make in a report to be sent to the Oireachtas.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Dublin have a directly elected mayor?
The Citizens’ Assembly on a Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin will meet for the fourth time today.
# Agriculture
Citizens’ assembly on agriculture the wrong model, says farming group
The Labour Party has proposed a citizens’ assembly be held on the future of agriculture and food production.
# directly elected
Citizens' Assembly on directly elected Dublin mayor adjourns until September
The assembly heard that local government is in need of “radical reform”.
Directly elected mayor for Dublin could be a 'dog's dinner' unless proper planning takes place
The former Taoiseach said a “ten-year plan where we start building up the federal system would be great” and “putting in a mayor at the start of that might be won’t work”.
# Local Elections
Bertie Ahern to address Citizens' Assembly on directly elected mayor for Dublin
The former Taoiseach will speak to the 80 members of the Assembly at 10.45 am on ‘The Reality of Devolution’.
# citizens assembly
Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity loss to visit three examples of biodiversity management
The assembly is tasked with making recommendations to the Oireachtas on how the State should tackle biodiversity loss.
# citizens assembly
Heads of Dublin's local authorities express support for directly elected mayor
The mayors of the four local authorities in Dublin spoke at a panel discussion at the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly on a directly elected mayor.
# planting a seed
New Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity loss officially launched at first meeting today
Over the next six months, a citizens’ assembly will hear evidence and made recommendations for the good of Ireland’s biodiversity.
# Dublin Mayor
Citizens’ Assembly on directly elected Dublin Mayor holds first in-person meeting
The Assembly will examine the potential benefits and challenges of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin
# get set
'One of the most important and defining issues': Citizens' assembly on biodiversity launched
A citizens’ assembly on Dublin’s governance will also begin this afternoon.
# Open letter
Amnesty and dozens of NGOs sign letter calling for Citizens' Assembly on drugs to be held this year
21 TDs and 13 senators signed the open letter, including three Government representatives.
Jim Gavin and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will chair new Citizens' Assemblies
The Taoiseach announced the high-profile appointments today.
# United Ireland
Sinn Féin runs advert in The New York Times calling for 'Irish unity in our time'
Mary Lou McDonald sat down with The Journal in New York today where she said criticism of the ad was ‘nonsense’.
# Frank Feighan
Drugs minister begins prep for Citizens' Assembly in 2023 'after clarification from Taoiseach's office'
Minister of State Frank Feighan confirmed to The Journal last week that the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs would not take place this year.
# Addiction
Psychological Society criticises delay in 'vital' citizens' assembly on drugs amid death warning
Senators are due to debate the issue today amid much criticism over this week’s developments.
# citizens assembly
'If cattle were dying, not humans, there would be action': Citizens' assembly on drugs delayed
The delay until 2023 will cost lives, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said.
# crisis
New citizens' assembly on biodiversity to meet for the first time in April
Cabinet approved two new citizens’ assemblies on biodiversity and Dublin’s local governance at a meeting this afternoon.
# Emergency
Taoiseach to bring proposal to Cabinet to form citizens' assembly on biodiversity
Campaigners have been waiting for the assembly to be called since a biodiversity emergency was declared in 2019.
# citizens assembly
Growing expectation of Irish citizens’ assembly on drug use this year
The three coalition parties, before entering Government last year, committed to holding a citizens’ assembly on drug use.
All time
Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
The National Women’s Council says inadequate State investment in childcare has led to an unsustainable system in crisis.
# Gender Equality
Citizens' Assembly recommends 'women in home' clause be removed from constitution
The National Women’s Council welcomed the recommendation that the ‘sexist’ clause be removed.
# Gender Equality
'Women in the home clause' the key question as virtual Citizens' Assembly to deliver its results
The issue was to be put to a referendum during the lifetime of the previous government.