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Newcastle West and Adare try Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 gets underway. Pictured as Newcastle West and Adare working on becoming Fairtrade Towns were Deputy Mayor Cllr Tom Ruddle, Sr Delia O’Connor, Co Chair of Fairtrade Limerick, Cllr Bridie Collins, Adare tidy towns, Dolores O’Meara, Co Chair of Fairtrade Limerick and Vicky Nash, Newcastlewest tidy towns. Picture: Don Moloney.

Newcastle West and Adare try Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

Limerick City has been a Fairtrade City since 2005. Picture: Don Moloney.

Limerick City and County Council and Fairtrade Limerick are delighted to announce that Adare Tidy Towns and Newcastle West Tidy Towns are embarking on a Fairtrade journey to become Fairtrade towns.

For two weeks starting from February 21, hundreds of individuals, companies and groups across Ireland will come together as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2022, to share the stories of the people who grow our food, and are often exploited and underpaid.

Limerick City has been a Fairtrade City since 2005 and works to promote the goals of fairness and equality for people in less well-developed nations. Fairtrade embraces the United Nations Sustainability Goals which aim to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere, leaving no one behind.

This ambition is central to Fairtrade’s mission which wants to ensure that food producers and farmers have a living wage within their country.

Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Tom Ruddle said, “We all have a choice when it comes to the products we buy and use. During Fairtrade Fortnight, I would encourage everyone to delve a little deeper into where your goods come from. We all have a responsibility to ensure that producers are not exploited and are getting a fair price for their products.

“Limerick City has been a Fairtrade City since 2005 and I wish Newcastle West and Adare the best of luck as they begin the process of being designated as a Fairtrade location. Last year I was one of the councillors in Newcastle West who unanimously supported the plans.”

 Dolores O’Meara, Chair of Limerick’s Fairtrade Committee said, “Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 gives us the opportunity to consider the kind of world we want. If we want a world where all people are treated equally, then we have to take steps to bring that about. Unfair prices, COVID-19 and the impact of climate change are a huge challenge for farmers in the developing world at the present time.

“The Fairtrade initiative enables farmers to face those challenges and to provide for their families and communities. We can play our part by purchasing their products. So, look for the Fairtrade logo and put those items into our shopping baskets.”

Chairperson of Newcastle West Tidy Towns, Vicki Nash, commented, “Newcastle West is a wonderful place to live, do business and visit. Becoming a Fairtrade town adds another dimension to the community as a whole, many of our schools are regular participants in Fairtrade projects and I look forward to their support of Newcastle West’s Tidy Towns Fairtrade journey.”

‘Adare is delighted to host Limerick’s launch of Fairtrade Fortnight,” added Cllr Bridie Collins, Chairperson of Adare Tidy Towns. 

“I am looking forward to Adare becoming a Fairtrade town and the support of the Adare community, businesses, visitors and tourists in making this happen.”

To register for Fairtrade Ireland’s Fairtrade Fortnight online events, go HERE

For more Fairtrade stories, go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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