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AILG President Launches Climate Learning Program in partnership with UCC

The newly launched course will empower County Councillors to respond to Climate Crisis at Local Government Level

Thursday 9th December 2021

Today, the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) are pleased to announce the launch of the Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Climate Crisis and Local Government in partnership with the University College Cork (UCC). Building on the CARO training that is being delivered to all Elected Members within their local authority, this exciting course aims to inform, challenge and empower Councillors to confidently navigate their increasingly important role in addressing climate change at a local level. The QQI Level 7 course will equip Local Authority Elected Members with practical and up to date environmental, social and political knowledge which will help them to implement the climate related plans, policies and legislation within their local authorities.

“To address climate change, we need to understand it. Through dedicated learning, we can help make the right choices necessary to combat the crisis within our local communities,” says Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, AILG President. “I am delighted to announce the launch of this course today in partnership with UCC which marks another exciting new chapter for the Association and sees us achieve our goal of delivering a bespoke externally accredited Training Programme and developing our AILG Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Education and Training Programme. Councillors are community leaders on climate action at a local level and it is vital that we educate and inspire our elected members, so that they in turn can help drive collective action at the scale required to help address climate change. I wish to especially thank the programme team of Belinda Gascoigne and Mark Kernan ACE (Adult Continuing Education) UCC, Caroline Corrigan and Cllr. David Gilroy of Meath County Council”

Dr Séamus Ó Tuama, Director at UCC’s Adult Continuing Education added: “UCC is committed to sustained action to combat the climate crisis. This new course with AILG is part of our commitment. Councillors are key local leaders, we want to help them understand, articulate and action the urgent climate mitigating measures needed now.”

The AILG are proud to make a substantial sponsorship contribution to the overall course which will significantly reduce the cost per applicant.  The course is limited to 25 participants and is only open to Local Authority Elected Members.  Students will undertake their studies between January and May 2022.

Elected Members can find full details on the application process via the course flyer which contains the weblink to apply HERE

If members have any queries, they can contact or Programme Coordinator Samantha Sullivan at


Course Fees payable to UCC will be €525 per participant (reduced from €850 due to AILG sponsorship). Members can avail of the provisions of Circular LG05/2021 whereby course fees for Level 6 and above in the National Qualification Framework QQI can be paid by your Local Authority. Members should contact their own council for further details.


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About the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG)

The Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) is the primary body representing the democratically elected members and their member local authority. It is a networking, policy development and training resource for the elected members of Ireland’s thirty-one county and city councils.

Adult Continuing Education (ACE), University College Cork has been offering education programmes to Cork and the greater Munster area since 1946 and is proud to celebrate over 70 years of educational services to the community.

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