Eco Advocacy was founded by Kieran Cummins in 2015. It was considered essential to fill a void in championing environmental rights and sustainability in all facets of environmental and employment objectives.
Kieran holds a BSc in Management and Law, together with a Diploma in Legal Studies. He is a also a trained solicitor and qualified in Ireland and also in England / Wales. In addition to his legal qualifications, he is also a trained horticulturalist and obtained a Diploma in Commercial Horticulture at the Salesian College of Horticulture, Warrenstown, Drumree, Co. Meath, Ireland, which sadly closed its doors in 2009 for the last time.
Kieran formally worked as a HR officer in the human resources department of Fingal County Council (an Irish municipal authority) and has specialist knowledge of the functioning of the local authority sector and its regulation by the DOE (Department of Environment). He is familiar with all aspects of the functioning of local government from delegated functions, managers orders to interaction with its elected representatives. As a HR officer, he worked in the Staff Training, Staff Travel, Staff Recruitment sections and also deal with some IR (Industrial Relations) issues.
Prior to working as an officer in HR, he workred for some years with the outdoor staff in the Parks Department of Fingal County Council's. He supervised, instructed and managed large numbers of staff of varying grades and professions, together with independent contractors. He also managed a number of conservation and reinstatement projects, a period house, traditional farm and demesne where he was also responsible for project and financial management. Additionally, he managed the authorities tree nursery, public allotments and a nature reserve (Rogerstown Estuary). He collobrated with IWC (now Birdwatch Ireland) and organised and supervised the construction of the bird-watching facility at Rogisterstown Estuary.
Having significant hands-on experience of both the in-house and the outdoor operations of an Irish municipal authority equips him with a unique insight and enviable experience in the local government sector.
He has significant experience in the functioning of the N.G.O. and voluntary sector's and has secured public funding for various meritorious projects.
In addition to his wide and varying experience, he is also highly skilled in the art of photography, a skill which has proved very useful to his work in the environmental sector; good photographs are invariably always required to vouch for issues raised in submissions, letters and reports.