Sean Kelly MEP and 'Borders to Cross'

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17 October, 2013.

Sean Kelly writes to Edmond Grace SJ. PeopleTalk Director:

"The fact that your organisation was recognised as one of the top 40 most inspiring and innovative initiatives in democratic innovation in Europe is a true testament to all of your hard work.  Your attempts to rebuild trust in public life and give people a greater say in the public sector reform are truly commendable and deserve the recognition at European level.

"As an elected representative I recognise that distrust and lack of communication with the citizens is one of the utmost problems that we are facing. The fact that PeopleTalk is working towards bridging that divide and establishing better communication and cooperation between politicians and citizens is truly admirable. 



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Tuesday, 1 October, 2013.

A new  Member for the Galway County PeopleTalk Jury has been selected – Maria Manuela Silva. This follows the reluctant resignation Anne Butler who found that she was unable to attend the meetings on a regular basis. Maria  was first on the substitute list for female members. She happily agreed, when approached, to accept the generous commitment involved in membership. 


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Friday, 20 September, 2013.

PeopleTalk has been asked to make a presentation at 'Borders to Cross' a conference on democratic innovation and civic driven change to be held in Amsterdam at the end of October. Borders to Cross describes itself as 'an international, mainly European conference for up to 250 government professionals, active citizens, social entrepreneurs and academics in the field of social and democratic innovation. At its heart are 40 fascinating initiatives from all over Europe and beyond.'  PeopleTalk is listed among those initiatives. Borders to Cross is not simply a one off event. The ambition is to create 'an international learning community', whose members can find out together about shifting roles, responsibilities and opportunities for linking society and democracy....


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Wednesday, 4 September 2013.

The second meeting of the Galway County PeopleTalk Jury takes place this Saturday, 7 September. The main purpose of the meeting will be to plan the work ahead and in particular to design the format of the Public Listening Sessions which the Jury will be holding around the county. The main purpose of these sessions will be to ensure that Jury members learn - and are seen to learn - from the insight and experience of everyone who comes to them.

If you have any suggestions to make about how best to run these sessions - or how best to publicise them in advance - you are welcome to email us  - see Contact Us on our homepage menu.


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Monday, 1 July, 2013.

On Saturday morning the Galway County PeopleTalk Jury had its first meeting. It was primarily a learning exercise - the members, from different parts of the county, learning about each other and learning more about PeopleTalk. Much of the time was taken up with an exercise which was designed to get people listening to the experience of others with a view to turning them into issues about which specific action can be taken. Not only was this a useful exercise to get to know each other's concerns it was a practical introduction to the way in which the PeopleTalk listening sessions will be run around the county. The next meeting will be on Saturday, 7 September, when the Jury will set out a plan for the work ahead.

Public launch of PeopleTalk

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Wednesday,19 June, 2013.

Last night forty people gathered at the Pillo Hotel in Galway for the public launch of PeopleTalk. We began with inputs from the three PeopleTalk patrons - Daithí Ó Ceallaigh, Mícheal ÓMuircheartaigh and Anne Doyle. Daithí introduced and chaired the meeting and presided over an interesting and lively questions and answer session. Mícheál talked about sport...


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18 June, the Pillo Hotel. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaig, Anne Doyle and Press Council Chairman, Daithí Ó Cealaigh, will formally launch PeopleTalk this coming Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the Pillo Hotel, Headford Rd., Galway. PeopleTalk Chairman, John Cullen, and Director, Edmond Grace SJ, will also be present to respond to questions.

 25 June -  Applications close and  Jury publicly announced.. All applications for service on the Galway County PeopleTalk Jury must be in by noon on Tuesday, 25 June.The lottery to choose members and substitute members of the Jury will take place at 2pm and the results placed on this website. The members will be contacted asap.

29 June - The Galway County PeopleTalk Jury will hold its first meeting at 10am on Saturday, 29 June. If you volunteer for Jury service (see the home page of this website), you may be one of those asked to attend.



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Galway's PeopleTalk pilot aims to give a grassroots say on Government reform.

This was the headline on page 7 of this week's  Connaught Tribune. Pat Coyle, PeopleTalk spokesperson is quoted at length 'Government has grown like topsey... The result is a hugely somplex system, unwieldy and fifficult for most peopleto conprehend. And despite its size and complexity, some people are falling through the cracks... The PeopleTalk Project has got buy-in from the highest level of political leadershihp and right across the political spectrum..' PeopleTalk is being piloted in Galway at the invitation of the County Council and with the active support of the Galway County Community Forum, which is a network made up no less than 600 community groups and voluntary organisations around the county.

Public Launch on 18 June

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Anne Doyle and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will launch PeopleTalk at a public meeting on 18 June, at 7.30pm in the Pillo Hotel, Galway. The meeting will be chaired by  Daithí Ó Ceallaigh, Press Council Chairman and former Irish ambassador to the UK and to the UN at Geneva. Also present will be John Cullen, Chairman of PeopleTalk and former Director General of the Institute of Public Administration, and Edmond Grace SJ, Director of PeopleTalk.