I was asked recently why I once tried to cycle 150 miles home, from Dublin to West Limerick. It was a Saturday in May 1984, days after finishing my second year college exams. I was 20, heading home for the summer with my darling little silver-blue racer.
There has been a lot of talk about religious divestment of schools. But another, smaller-scale, move, is also occurring in the educational sector, from fee-paying to state-run; and for one of the first schools to go down this route, it has had a considerable impact.
Food waste should be tackled with the same kind of urgency as the Amazonian forest clearance. While recent climate change reports have targeted the reduction of livestock numbers, slashing food waste could have a very significant and faster impact.
I'm delighted at the obvious progress being made by rural communities of the take-up of twin pollinator/biodiversity messages - but I feel there are a few further actions that would take the campaign up to the next level.
Let the games, sorry, exams, begin! I breathed a sigh of relief when I dropped our daughter Sarah to school this week, as she joins 60,000 or so others in doing the Junior Cert and a similar number doing the Leaving. The wait is over.
Just over 15 years ago, my then editor Mairéad McGuinness called to tell me that, instead of posing the hard questions as she had for many moons previous, she was going to move to try to answer them, by running for Europe. Duly elected, her star has fittingly risen steadily and hopefully it still has a way to go.
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