Civil society movement plans more meetings

 

THE CLAIMING Our Future civil society movement, which held its inaugural meeting at the RDS, Dublin in October, is to begin a series of regional meetings in the new year.

The first meeting is likely to be in Galway during February, according to Niall Crowley member and former chief executive of the Equality Authority.

“It’s important now that it goes national and that we continue the work to build popular support for the ideas and deepen the demand for change,” he said.

Claiming Our Future is a movement of organisations and individuals, which aims to give voice to an alternative vision of how Ireland should be governed, based around core values of equality and sustainability.

Its first meeting was largely oversubscribed, said organisers, with more than 2,000 requests for 1,000 places.

Anyone interested in shaping a movement calling for equality, environmental sustainability, accountability, participation and solidarity was invited to take part in the meeting.

Among the organisations promoting Claiming Our Future are: Is Féidir Linn; the Community Platform; the Irish Congress of Trade Unions; the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership; Tasc think tank and Social Justice Ireland. It has received financial support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Community Foundation for Ireland, the One Foundation, Impact and Siptu.