The Strand Hotel, Omeath - home for most of our meetings
Meetings of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group, are held every two months or so, usually in the Strand Hotel, Omeath. Summaries of this year's meetings appear below with the most recent appearing towards the top of the page.
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The next meeting will be held on Sunday, 22nd September, 2019 at 10am in the Strand Hotel, Omeath.
The minutes are always carefully scrutinised before being accepted
The need for a social media savvy Public Relations Officer was again discussed. No new names for a potential candidate came immediately to mind. After discussing the workload that might be involved, it was felt that one of the existing officers might be able to 'double up' as PRO. The Chairman, Jonathan Larkin, is to speak nicely to our preferred candidate. It was noted that following an attack by hackers our Facebook page has now been taken down.
The next Winter Workshop was the main item on the agenda. Given that the 2020 Workshop will be the 20th hosted by the CEHG, it was decided to run with the provisional title "Health and Environment: 20 Years On". Various potential keynote speakers and organisations were identified. These are to be approached before the next meeting in September, at which point we hope to have a better idea of what form the Workshop might take.
It was agreed to hold the September meeting on the 22nd September - one week later than previously announced.
By way of experiment, a seminar on Nuclear Power: The Renewed Threat To The Cooley Environment had been advertised to follow the business part of the meeting. The turnout, however, proved to be very disappointing. It would seem that Sunday morning seminars are not the solution to raising public awareness on health and environmental issues. The seminar itself actually proved to be very interesting. Sean Crudden, as the principal speaker, treated us to an exposition on Einstein's special relativity theory and how this led to the development of atomic weapons during World War II and subsequently to nuclear power generation. Although Ireland does not generate any nuclear energy, we are beneficiaries of nuclear power generated in the UK although we are also at risk in the event of a major accident. Although the UK announced plans for a major expansion in nuclear power generation about 10 years ago, the general impression is that most of these plans have been shelved for economic reasons. It remains unclear whether wind and solar power will meet the likely future demand, but we should strive towards clean and safe energy wherever possible.
The Chairman, Jonathan Larkin, formally stood down the current committee and called for nominations for the Executive positions. Jonathan Larkin was re-elected Chairperson, Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes was re-elected Honorary Secretary, and Sean Crudden was re-elected Treasurer. It was decided to leave the positions of Vice Chairperson and Public Relations Officer open for the present, although a couple of very suitable candidates are to be approached. The Honorary Treasurer reported that he might need to step down later in the year. Hopefully this may not come to pass, but as a precaution it was decided that we should create a new position of Assistant Treasurer to allow a successor to be trained in. There was consensus agreement on the ideal candidate. The Chairman is to 'head hunt' our preferred choice before the next meeting.