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‘Make your voice heard’ – Jim Gavin urges Dubliners to engage with the Citizens’ Assembly

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Taoiseach Michéal Martin today officially launched the two new Citizens’ Assemblies on Biodiversity Loss and a directly elected Mayor for Dublin.

The meeting took place virtually at Dublin Castle, with the 99 members of the Biodiversity Loss Assembly and the 79 members of the Dublin Assembly joining the co-chairs, Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Jim Gavin, joined.

Mr Martin said he was “delighted” to have the opportunity to speak at the opening session.

“Once again we find ourselves at a crucial moment in the political and democratic life of this country – and once again we are putting people at the center of consideration of proposals that could have a significant impact on the way we live. ” he said.

“These two new citizen assemblies will provide a vehicle through which ordinary people, who do not normally have the opportunity to be involved in policy development or proposed legislation, can make a very real and direct contribution to the state’s response to biodiversity loss and the structure of local government in Dublin.

“Rest assured that the Government and Houses of the Oireachtas are listening and waiting to hear what everyone has to say.”

Jim Gavin said it was a “great honor” to have been appointed Chair of the Dublin Assembly and he accepted the role “without hesitation”.

Mr Gavin said he would like Dublin to take its place among “the world’s great cities, renowned for their quality of life”.

“Its sustainable environment, its cultural and economic vibrancy, its diversity. I want the City of Three Castles to rise to its historic peak, a landmark of excellence, inclusion, innovation and community,” he said.

“Like all cities, Dublin faces major challenges ranging from housing to transport, infrastructure to sustainability and much more. These are challenges that touch the daily lives of all Dubliners.

“And members of the Dublin Assembly have a unique opportunity to hear all the challenges and opportunities, and to make recommendations to the Oireachtas on how we can make Dublin an even better place to live, work and raise families.”

Mr Gavin said the gathering will be “all formats and all platforms” and that the important thing is “we hear what you have to say”.

“But I would also like to appeal to all people who live in Dublin and ask them to get involved in our work.

“There is no false door into this towns meeting – you can of course make a traditional written application on the website and come in through the front door, but people in Dublin and beyond are welcome to come in through the windows, the back door, the skylight or even down the chimney to make your voice heard.”

At the conclusion of today’s sessions, both assemblies met privately to discuss the work program for both, which will run in parallel throughout the year.

They will then draft a set of recommendations that will be sent to Oireachta homes for consideration.

dr Ní Shúilleabháin said biodiversity loss is a “major” global problem and one that is “damaging to the planet and affecting us all”.

“From the health of the soil to the quality of the food we eat, from the flora and fauna around us to the cleanliness of the water we drink,” she said.

“Halting biodiversity loss and regenerating our land is an enormous challenge, but I believe we can make a difference. In fact, Ireland can be a world leader in this area.”

The first meeting of the Dublin Assembly will be held at the Grand Hotel, Malahide from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May, with the first meeting of the Biodiversity Assembly scheduled for 14 May.

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