10 Mar

Irish delegates attend European People’s University

EPU Brussels March 2014




The North West Inner City Training & Development Project (Dublin 1) and All Together in Dignity – ATD Fourth World Ireland brought together the Irish national delegation which attended the European People’s University in European Parliament -Brussels on the 5 th of March 2014.

The delegation was made up of three representatives. They prepared an Irish contribution on the theme  of  the  13th  People’s  University:  “Reflecting upon and constructing a Europe without exclusion together”.

The  European  People’s  University  (UPE)  was initiated  by ATD Fourth World in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee. Since 1989 these meetings  take  place  every  two  years  allowing  discussion between  persons experiencing  poverty,  members  of  the  European  Parliament  and  other representatives from European Institutions.

The aim of these discussions is to permit participants to reflect together and draw up proposals to reinforce the actions of the European Union to eradicate poverty. 2014  UPE  proposals  will  include  an  appeal  directed to all  European  MEP candidates at  the  next European  elections,  which  will  take  place  soon  after  the People’s University.

The UPE workshops were held on various topics and attended by several national delegations in the European Parliament. Delegations from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom broached topics as diverse as “Building a Democratic Europe”, “Achieving Knowledge for All”, “Fostering Solidarity in Europe”, “The Right to a Job” and “Jobs for Young People”.

The European  People’s  University was funded by the UE “Europe for Citizens Programme”

Pdf here: NWICTDP – ATD final contribution March 2014

09 Mar

International Committee for October 17 will meet in Dublin!

Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first marked at a major public rally held on 17 October 1987 in Paris, which was organised by ATD Fourth World.  In 1992, the United Nations declared the 17 October  as the International Day.

In 2008, an International  Committee for October 17 was established to promote the awareness and commemoration of  the UN Day around the world. From 12th to 14th May 2014, this International Committee will gather in Dublin for its biennial working meeting.

IC May

The Committee chose to meet in the Irish capital city because in  ways Ireland has exhibited a strong commitment to the central message of UN Day, namely that poverty can only be truly eradicated when the voices and experiences of people and families most affected by poverty are listened to and taken into account.

  • For a number of years, the Department for Social Protection has  supported the promotion of the UN Day through grants to organisation and community groups (special funding initiative to promote the UN Day),
  • In 2008, public officials and citizens from all walks of life inaugurated a Commemorative Stone close to the Famine Memorial, Custom House Quay, bearing the appeal from 17 October 1987 of Joseph Wresinski, the founder of ATD,
  • An Irish National 17 October Committee is responsible for planning and staging the 17 October Commemoration in Dublin annually in order to highlight the reality of  poverty in people’s lives and the need to seek solutions based on equity and justice.