Mayor of Kilkenny to hold public meetings on issues facing the community

The Mayor of Kilkenny has launched his series of Autumn Town Halls which will highlight and discuss key issues facing the local community.
Public events aim to provide expert advice on the cost of living, climate change and housing. In June when he was elected mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr David FitzGerald announced in his acceptance speech;

“Kilkenny is open, open to talking about the real issues we face.”
This is the basis for the fall town hall series.

“We are holding these series of events to highlight important issues, to enable public debate on these issues and to make experts available to the people of Kilkenny for advice. Every day people contact me asking “Why can’t I buy a house? Why do we need to take drastic measures to change our way of life in the face of climate change? How will I afford to keep the lights and heating on in my house this winter? »

“This fall series is about real issues faced by real people living in the real world, hopefully the answers will be provided through discussion and expert advice from the night.”

The first in the series of fall town halls is on the cost of living. This event will bring together experts who will talk about the 2023 budget and how to benefit from supports. There will also be experts on the night with advice on energy prices, aiming to save you money by comparing suppliers and also looking at the future of energy suppliers in Ireland. Financial experts and local agencies will also be present with advice on personal finance and debt management. This will be an interactive event that will allow the public to ask questions to the experts.

The Cost of Living Series will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at City Hall at 8 p.m.

The second event focuses on the impact of climate change and Kilkenny’s bid to become Ireland’s first carbon neutral city. In this event, Cllr FitzGerald will host a series of different sectors; agricultural, business and community groups and public bodies to discuss the impact of climate change on their sector. One of Cllr FitzGerald’s goals for his term as Mayor of Marble City is to plan a roadmap for Kilkenny to be Ireland’s first carbon neutral city.

The town hall meeting for the carbon neutral city will take place on Wednesday, November 9 at 8 p.m.

The latest episode of the fall event series is all about housing. This meeting is for people trying to access the private purchase and rental markets. Housing is a key issue in society, the lack of supply is far too low for the demand, putting pressure on people to access housing for private rental, social housing or buying their own home. This meeting will ask why people are struggling to buy a home in 2022/2023 and what the solutions are. This meeting will benefit from advice from housing organizations, local real estate agents and personal finance.

The Municipal Housing Assembly is Wednesday, November 23 at 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.

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