Since the weather conditions in Ireland have been almost tropical ;-) in the past few days the plants are thriving, especially the strawberries in Mark's green house, in only a month they have more than doubled in size, which makes for a promising strawberry season... if we manage to get the greedy birds away... the runner beans are out (after lots of TLC) and seem to be creeping up the trellis quite nicely. And the slug population seems to be ignoring them, which is unusual but a very welcome development...
Today an interesting campaign was launched in Dublin. Supported by trade unions and some Irish hoteliers, the Fair Hotels Ireland initiative aims to be an ethical guideline to hotel customers booking rooms across Ireland. Similarly to Fair Trade stickers for products, those hotels complying with the Fair Hotels stamp (45 hotels listed on their newly launched website www.fairhotels.ie so far) will be allegedly offering ethical services, based on how they treat their employees.
Detractors might say there are many hotels left out of the list that treat their employees fairly but the hospitality sector is probably one of the industries, in Ireland and many other countries, where workers get some of the poorest working conditions. It was probably about time a 'quality' stamp was introduced to reward - or at least give some recognition - to those hoteliers treating their staff respectfully and complying with work legislation and workers rights.
To encourage customers, the site will also offer special deals in Fair Hotels.
Maria is anim dom. I'm from Galicia but moved to Ireland in 2001. I love food and I am used to the rain.
I'm a journalist and I used to work in PR - somewhere as exciting as Shillelagh, in the border of counties Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow.
After a few years as an adopted culchie, I'm now back in Dublin! working at CaminoWays.com
*All the illustrations on this blog are by Mark Andrews, including my profile pic (I don't look half as confused in real life)