Chair of Green Foundation Ireland, Duncan Stewart (who is an award-winning architect and television producer) has been a leading Irish advocate for environmental issues for over 40 years. A champion for environmental issues, sustainable energy and architectural conservation since his student days, for the past two decades Duncan has also been a popular television personality in Ireland.
Duncan’s Eco Eye series is driven by his interests in the protection of Ireland’s environment and enhancement of biodiversity. It is Ireland’s longest running environmental series and one of the most popular shows on Irish television – there have been fifteen series so far and all can be viewed in the Eco Eye section of our Audio & Video page.
A firm believer in the power of local community co-operatives, Duncan actively engages with the ‘Get Involved’ sustainable community initiative, which promotes local, voluntary, community-led projects nationwide. This ‘bottom up’ movement sets out to inspire and enable innovative local collaborative enterprises to flourish, which stimulate rewarding new livelihoods in sustainable energy, local food produce, biodiversity enhancement, water catchment protection and eco-tourism.
Duncan is also passionately concerned about Climate Change – in particular, the urgency to inform and engage Irish people in weaning off the use of fossil fuel for energy and other sources of greenhouse emissions and in switching to sustainable solutions.
Brendan Hanifin is a solicitor practising in Dublin. He has been involved in local community initiatives in the West Dublin area over the years, notably the establishment of a second-level school and the building of a theatre in his local area.
Brendan describes himself as somebody who has been slow to embrace green ideas fully in the past. He has an interest in the science surrounding environmental issues such a climate change and likes to retain a freedom to interrogate the different sides to those issues without being defined by an ideology. This usually leads to longer meetings for his colleagues without any significantly improved results!
John Barry is Professor of Green Political Economy at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queen’s University Belfast. He has a BA and MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. His areas of research include green political economy and green economics; economic practices and sustainability, normative aspects of sustainable development; governance for sustainable development; the greening of citizenship and civic republicanism; green politics in Ireland, North and South; the Transition Movement; the politics, ethics and economics of peak oil and climate change; the governance of science and innovation; the link between academic knowledge, political activism and policy making; trust, legitimacy and public policy; citizenship, public policy and governance; post-conflict politics and political economy in Northern Ireland and theories and practices of reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
John is a founding member of two think tanks, the Centre for Progressive Economics and Green House, and is also a founding member of Holywood Transition Town and the ‘Holywood Buy Local’ campaign. He is a keen cyclist, indifferent cook, frequently absent from his family and a passionate believer in the ability of people to initiate social transformation.
John Dillon graduated in Classics from Oxford in 1961. In 1969, following a PhD in Greek philosophy, he joined the Department of Classics at the University of California in Berkeley, serving as chair of the department from 1977-80. He then returned to Ireland to assume the position of Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, a post in which he remained until his retirement in 2006.
Elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1983, John served as Senior Vice-President 2001-02, and in 2005 was awarded the Academy’s Gold Medal in the Humanities. In 1997 he founded the Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition, based in Trinity College Dublin, of which he is still an active member. He is the author or editor of over 30 books in the area of ancient philosophy, as well as over 150 articles. His study of Plato has led him to develop strong views on the destruction of the environment endemic to modern civilisation, and the capitalist concept of incremental growth.
Claire Downey is the National Network Co-Ordinator with Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI), an all-Ireland umbrella body funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that represents community based organisations involved in reuse and recycling. In this role she is responsible for the promotion of reuse, support for members to overcome barriers to reuse, communication and policy input, networking and research.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Engineering (first class honours) degree and has over twelve years of experience in the waste sector. She is deeply committed to waste prevention and reuse, demonstrated through work on co-ordinating Repair Café Ireland and as a board member (as company secretary) of Sonairte – The National Ecology Centre for over eight years. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management in Ireland and sits on the Centre Council for the Republic of Ireland Centre.
Sandy Dunlop has most recently been the Co-Ordinator of the Terenure Energy Group, having had a long involvement in Community Mobilisation. Communities are networks and do not run on traditional hierarchical principles. New processes are needed to “make networks work”. Sandy is also particularly interested in engaging the ordinary folk in the energy transition as distinct from the activists. This means building stories and commercial models that make sense.
He is also leading the Civic Bard project with Michael Barker Caven, Artistic Director in the Civic Theatre which, in part, is exploring the relevance of medieval Irish mythic thought to the energy transition. Of particular importance is the thinking on distributed power, the role of the sacred centre and indeed the whole Bardic tradition. He has run the Bard Summer School for 21 years with his wife Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop which also explores the relevance of ancient myth to modernity.
Thomas Legge is a Senior Associate at the European Climate Foundation, based in Brussels. He has previously worked on environmental policy at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London; the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium; and Comhar – Sustainable Development Council in Dublin. He also spent three years in the Republic of Georgia working for the European Commission.
Thomas holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, New York; an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics; and a BA in History and English from Trinity College Dublin.
Eileen McDermott (BA Hons ECCE, European Masters in Early Childhood Education) is a teacher of Early Childhood Education studies.
She is a long term activist in the Green movement with a particular interest in education issues.
Donna Mullen is an environmentalist and works as an ecologist, drawing up nature trails and sustainability plans. Her work involves spending many happy hours surveying buildings for bats, and she helped draw up the guidelines on bat surveys for the Heritage Council (Traditional Farm Building Scheme). She is a founder member of both Bat Conservation Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network, and has also served on the board of the Irish Wildlife Trust.
She has a keen interest in environmental law and co-ordinates the campaign to have the environment protected under the Irish Constitution.
Donna lives on a farm nature reserve in County Meath with her husband, four children, and an assortment of animals.
Martin Nolan is a chartered accountant and a Financial Reporting Specialist, having previously been Head of the Department of Accountancy and Professional Studies at the Institute of Technology Tallaght in Dublin. He has extensive business experience which includes 15 years at management level in PwC and Deloitte. He is an experienced lecturer in Audit and Assurance and International Financial Reporting, and has co-authored a leading Irish textbook External Auditing and Assurance.
Martin has been involved in green issues since 1988. He is also involved on a voluntary basis with five registered Irish charities.