TASC Newsletter 7 March 2024


Opinion Piece: The Care Referendum

TASC Researcher Deirdre Carolan's blog discusses Ireland's care referendum on March 8th, aiming to amend constitutional clauses related to women's roles in the home. The blog critiques the gendered nature of care, its undervaluation, and its invisibility in a growth-based economy. It broadens the concept of care beyond interpersonal relations, emphasising its societal and environmental dimensions.


The blog envisions a post-carbon society grounded in care work, prioritising care-related jobs as "low carbon" green roles. It calls for a revaluation of the state's role in supporting care during the transition to a just and sustainable world, emphasising collective acts of care as alternatives to current economic structures.

Read the blog here

Media Literacy for Democracy: Online Final Conference

Media Literacy for Democracy project focusses on promoting an effective media literacy strategy based on the multidisciplinary approach and cross-sector cooperation to tackle disinformation, empower citizens to make informed decisions, and protect democratic values.


In this project’s final conference, we will present our contribution to defining an effective European strategy to promote media literacy in the Member States, a set of policy recommendations addressed to civil society, media workers and local and international institutions. The members of the MLFD Consortium along with representatives of European institutions, CSOs and experts from Italy, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland and Ukraine will discuss the major threats to democracy and explore ways to counter them.


Tuesday 19 March 2024

9:30am on Zoom

Register for the Zoom conference here

UCD Earth Institute Democracy & the Environment Series I: Rural Transitions

2024 is the most significant election year in history. Approximately 60 countries will elect their representatives in presidential, legislative and local elections across the globe. Climate change, sustainability and climate transition will be part of the conversation that will inform the future of each country.


The first seminar, Rural Transitions, will focus on climate adaptation and renewable development in the context of rural areas and the opportunities and threats for a sustainable and successful climate transition in rural Ireland.


The seminar will feature rural expert Dr Karen Keaveney and TASC Researcher Kieran Harrahill. The sessions will be followed by a conversation panel facilitated by the speakers and, with the participation of Dr Andrew Forde from the Department of Rural and Community Development.


Tuesday 26 March

12 - 2pm at MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland)

Media enquiries should be directed to:

Shana Cohen
Email: scohen@tasc.ie
Tel: +353 1 6169050

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