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Midland Green Party hold successful public event

Olwyn O'Malley, Senator Grace O'Sullivan, Pat Malone, Pippa Hackett, Louise Heavin and Meabh Cody
Olwyn O'Malley, Senator Grace O'Sullivan, Pat Malone, Pippa Hackett, Louise Heavin and Meabh Cody

The Midlands Greens hosted a very successful inaugural public event in the County Arms Hotel in Bill on Monday.

Running alongside the Birr Vintage Week, the title of the evening’s presentation was “Lessons From Our Grandparents” which took a look back at the sustainable lifestyles we used to live, and how that could benefit our society today.

“We were delighted by the super turnout for our event” said local Green Party representative Pippa Hackett. “Birr Vintage Week is such a huge success, and is the epitome of sustainable, coming up to its 50th year in operation.”

There were three speakers on the night. Pippa Hackett, who is also the Greens Spokesperson on Agriculture, looked at farming in Ireland through the year and highlighted the big changes that have taken place in the past 50 years.

Next up was Pat Malone who runs the Community Farm at Cloughjordan Eco Village. Pat presented a very interesting talk on life at the farm, and the importance of using both old and modern techniques.

Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan took the stage for the final presentation, and spoke candidly about her life as a lifeguard, a crew member of the Rainbow Warrior, her studies and her entry into politics.

It was a very good talk and the audience were captivated.

She said: “It was a brilliant evening, that ran well over its time, such was the level of interesting discussion during the night.

“Thanks to everyone for coming out to support us, and we hope people went home a little wiser, and perhaps more thoughtful about where our food comes from and how it is grown.

“The future looks bright for the Midland Greens, and we are looking forward to hosting more successful events very soon.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.