Panel Discussion “Insecure Ireland: where has all our energy gone?”

A Virtual Event

The 24th annual Galway Science and Technology Festival (GSTF) presents an evening-time, live online, public panel discussion and Q&A session on Tuesday, 16th November at 7pm, on the theme of “Insecure Ireland: what has happened to our energy supply?” supported by Cisco WebEx. 

Radio and newspaper journalist Lorna Siggins will host and chair the event, which will include:

  • A keynote address from Dr Neil Walker, head of energy, environment and transport at IBEC. 
  • Dr Rory Monaghan, energy engineer at NUI Galway;
  • Dr Hannah Daly, expert in sustainable energy and the economy at UCC;
  • Hannah Aris, NUI Galway’s student Energy Society;
  • Alastair McKinstry, Green Party councillor.

The talk will also include a contribution by Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for International and Road Transport and Logistics.

Topics include

How imminent are blackouts?  October 2021 EirGrid, the electricity market operator, announced an amber alert warning of a potential shortfall in electricity this winter.

Energy Security – What is it and how insecure is Ireland?

Who will be most affected, urban centres or rural communities?

What is Energy Poverty? Homeowners with solar panels will be more secure. 

What are Smart Grids and can they save us?

Ireland is investing in natural gas, will diverting funding into this temporary measure ultimately delay our long term energy independence?

This event is supported by Cisco WebEx, a link and password for the event will be circulated on Tuesday 16th November at 3pm to your email address.

Register HERE  #galwayscience 






Online Event


90 mins


All ages