Photo: Patrick Abbott, Dublin, Catherine Longworth, Tullamore and Tom Roche handing in a letter of protest at UNICEF’s offices in Dublin during Mr Roche’s one-day hunger strike

Mr Roche handed in a letter to UNICEF protesting that Texaco “Support for Sport” Ambassador Donnacha O’Callaghan is also an Ambassador for UNICEF.

The Rhode based campaigner in an open letter to the Minister for Education, Norma Foley said that her Department, Boards of Management, school principals, teachers, subject associations, teacher unions, non-governmental organisations, along with a host of past advocates, past participants and winners including a former president (Mary Robinson) and a former Government Minister (Ruairi Quinn) have remained silent on Texaco’s sponsorship of the  longest running children’s art competition in Ireland.

“The entrenchment of fossil fuel agendas and perspectives across Irish society remains “significantly unchallenged even in contexts where the topic of climate change is actively discussed and engaged with,” outlined Mr Roche.

He added: “The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland (DES, 2018) was one of the Government’s key strategies for ‘Education for Sustainability’ underpinning the Action Plan for Education (DES, 2016). In the former, the .word ‘green’ gets forty-two mentions.


Mr Roche undertakes his protest today not long after a day-long hunger strike at the Finucane Memorial in Limerick – the home town of UNICEF boss and former Minister of State, Peter Power