31 Dec

ATD in 2o16 in 2×16 ATD Events!


Take time to re-discover the year 2016 of ATD Ireland in 2×16, so 32 events!

happynewyear2016atddublinsEvent 1 – A new team to start the year!
p1090358csEvent 2 – With ATD UK in Belfast to present “The Roles We Play”atd-fmjan16-112csEvent 3 – A farewell to Marineatd-fmjan16-130csEvent 4 – Wanted “Human Rights Champion”! Our GE 2016 campaign
dsc_0033csEvent 5 – Just before her departure to France, the President of Ireland
congratulates Marine for her work
in the “Roles We Play, here and there project”
20160219_124758csEvent 6 – Unveiling of an InfoBoard at the Human Rights
& Poverty Stone
ovdubday1-80csovdubday2-75csEvent 7 & 8 – Launch of the “Our Voices Project”
and first European Meeting

103_0924csEvent 9 – An Irish ATD delegation meets the Vice-President
of the European Parliament during a gathering
of the MEP Intergroup on Human Rights and Poverty

wedjynaprilsmall-90Event 10 – An Irish ATD delegation takes part
to a European Djynamo Meeting

Event 11 – Martin Byrne, member of ATD’s Board launches
his annual book “One hundred gritty voices”.

Event 12 – Gerald Doherty takes over the chair of the ATD board!
We thank Mark Hogan for his work as Chair for seven years!
atd-agm-33csEvent 13 – At ATD’s annual AGM, we discuss the future development
of membership.
103_1067csEvent 14 – Dublin volunteer offers a painting representing
the Easter Rising and the 1916 Proclamation
to a member of the ATD International Leadership Team
marathon-day-91csEvent 15 – ATD’s women’s team at Dublin’s Women’s Mini Marathon
dsc_0020c2sEvent 16 – ATD’s launches the “Magnificent 17” project
to raise awareness about the 17 Global Goals
for Sustainable Development of the 2030 Agenda
p1100053csEvent 17 – an ATD and NWICTDP delegation from Dublin
attends an “Our Voices” meeting in Madrid
ovjune16-46cEvent 18 – Regular “Our Voices” meetings involve inhabitants
from Ballymun, Dublin

mourne-13Event 19 – “Our Voices” Outing: a healthy day together
in the Silent Valley

We are one. ATDEvent 20 – ATD’s Summer Picnic with the farewell to Eileen Donovan
100_8298cEvent 21 – An Irish ATD delegation contributes to
the European DjynaWeek “Gender, Sexuality and Violence”

103_3329csEvent 22 – ATD Ireland volunteers visit the ATD International
Headquarter and discover the first Human Righst
and Po
verty Stone in Paris
united    Event 23 – 1st Anniversary of the 2030 Agenda Adoption marked
with other NGOs in the heart of Dublin

lightway161017cs-4Event 24 – ATD volunteers meet with members
of the ATD International Leadership Team

lightway161017cs-13Event 25 – Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger  Vigil at the eve of End Poverty Day
stonegathpkcs-25Event 26 – The President of Ireland attends the End Poverty Day
Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone

128_3954csEvent 27 – Launch of the big “Global Goals Family Day”
during the One World Week

100_9590csEvent 28 – An Irish ATD – SAOL project delegation visits
the ATD group in Kielce
, Poland
128_4135csEvent 29 – 2nd European Meeting of the “Our Voices” Project
at Warsaw University

lwf10dec16-48csEvent 30 – 2nd Long Walk to Freedom on Human Rights Day128_4282csEvent 31 – First plenary meeting of the new Irish “Coalition 2030”
130_4294csEvent 32 – Street Collection during ATD’s Christmas
fundraising challenge

23 Dec

Merry Christmas to all of you!


“Those most in need can surprise us if we allow ourselves sufficient imagination to learn from them. They teach us that honour and dignity are worth more than our daily bread.”

Joseph Wresinski

A Christmas Story

I would always see him sitting outside on his doorstep while I was on my way to work.

To be honest, when he greeted me every day, he made me feel rather uneasy.

Whether it was sunny, raining, or windy, his daily comment on the weather came to be our little ritual: “Oh, today will be sunny,” or, “It’s going to rain again.”

After his remarks, I would soon forget him, wrapped up in my own life. In fact, I was afraid that if I were to stop and answer, he might ask me for something.

One day, just as I was expecting him to comment on why the first snow hadn’t yet fallen, he asked me,
“Please, would you have any change to spare?”

I must admit, he did look famished. Embarrassed, I slipped him a bill without listening to his thanks. For a few days, I felt less guilty about not stopping to talk. I thought, perhaps, that I could change my route to work if I really wanted to. However, I didn’t; and one morning he called out to me again:

“Would you have a minute to come in?”

Stunned, I hesitated. But why not, after all? It was the first time he had asked.

I went in and I saw a number of things: a broken chair, a plastic tablecloth full of holes. But above all, I heard something: just above the sink, in a cage, two small birds were singing. He must have read the surprise on my face as he said:

“I wanted to introduce you to my birds. Thanks to you, at last I bought myself a bit of company.”

What I came to understand that day opened a new door for me.

Dear friends,

It was Antoine who told Isabelle Pypaert Perrin, ATD Director General, of this beautiful moment with a man and his birds.

The door that opened for Antoine that day marked his first steps on a long journey, one in which people learn to get to know and understand one another. Only that way can we overcome the fear and the preconceptions that we all hold. Only then can we see the person who calls out (or not) as our equal, someone who wants to meet others, who dreams, and who seeks to experience the beauty of life.

ATD  creates opportunities for people from very different backgrounds to get to know one another. These moments are cherished by all, and especially by the people who are most exposed to contempt and mistrust.

May this holiday season offer every person the chance to meet and get to know others.

The ATD Dublin Team.

18 Dec

ATD Ireland at the European People’s University hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee


The 19th and 20th December 2016, representatives of ATD International coming from Belgium, Spain, France, Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands, will meet in the European Economic and Social Committee, in Brussels.

Participants, including those who live in poverty will take part in a dialogue, along with other people, to reflect on how to build a Europe without poverty and social exclusion. In a context where the European Union still feels the impact of receiving a massive number of refugees, where Great Britain prepares to leave the Union after the Brexit referendum, and where the economic recovery stagnates, it is important to ensure that poverty and social exclusion do not become secondary issues. We should remember that the founders of the European Union had as the essential objective of their efforts the constant improvements of the living and working conditions of their people*. By committing at a European level so that no one is left behind, we will make those founding values relevant again, and strengthen the purpose of the European project.

In March 2014, the ATD European People’s University produced 14 proposals for Europe. During the next edition of the European People’s University, we will focus on two of them: the right to the means required to live a decent life, and the right to legal existence on the territory.

* From the preamble of the Treaty of Rome (1956)

Guaranteeing everyone the means required to live a decent life

In a Europe where there are countries that are already testing small-scale basic income schemes, while others do not even have a minimum income system, what is the best way to achieve the guarantee to the means required to live a decent life? This is one of the topics we are going to address in the next edition of the ATD European People’s University.

The right to legal existence

The recent wave of refugees arriving in Europe seriously raises the question of the right to legal existence on European soil. What happens with those who are not able to obtain proper papers, or who lose their legal status? We should also remember that there are citizens of Member States that find themselves in a legal blank space given that they lack basic documents or a legal status that gives them access to fundamental rights (such as the right to vote, the right to housing, the right to work, the right to health care, etc.). This lack of legal status is affecting a large number of migrants, asylum seekers, travelers, homeless people, who are considered illegal residents in their own countries! During the ATD European People’s University, we are going to discuss how the European Union and the Member States can better ensure the access to a legal status for every person present on the territory.


The guarantee of a decent minimum income is a necessary part of a basic social security system, in a context where the persistent lack of housing, jobs, or income, prevent people from assuming their family, social, and professional responsibilities. Most European countries already have minimum income schemes, which can be requested as a last resort and providing that age, residence, and active job search conditions, etc., are complied with. For many people the minimum income amounts are too low, and the access conditions problematic. In addition, these amounts differ a lot among countries, and almost everywhere the level of minimum income is below 50% of the median income.

The European ATD People’s University is the place where people living in poverty and other citizens and political players can dialogue and exchange ideas. Everyone comes to share knowledge and experiences, and to learn from each other. New ideas, based on the participants’ diversity, are born during these exchanges, and become essential to contribute to a more democratic society. In other words, it is about building the European project with the citizens living in poverty, and not just for them.

Download the pdf presentation of the ATD European People’s University 2016.

Download the pdf programme of the day at the European Economic and Social Committee.


15 Dec

ATD’s “White Friday” Special Christmas Raffle! Donate now!

Donate now and until Saturday 17th December 2pm
for entries in the Christmas Raffle!

For every €5 donated you will get one entry ticket in the raffle!
Donate €20 and your name will appear on 4 tickets in the draw bowl on Saturday!


Discover more about the work of French painter Fabienne Klein.
In 36 hours you could become the owner of a priceless masterpiece!

Donate now and until Saturday 17th December 2pm
for entries in the Raffle!

For every €5 donated you will get one entry ticket in the raffle!
Donate €20 and your name will appear on 4 tickets in the draw bowl on Saturday!

12 Dec

A Long Walk to Freedom: Human Rights for All with the 17 Global Goals


The 15 year journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals are a long journey to free all human beings“from the fear of terror and the fear of want”.

On Human Rights Day 2016,  All Together in Dignity Ireland invited citizens of all walks of life to meet for the second symbolic “Long Walk to Freedom “, second of a series of 16 walks which take place each year from 2015 to 2030.

The now 14 years’ journey to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 United Nations Agenda is a long journey to free all human beings “from the fear of terror and the fear of want”.

As the citizens who walked on the 10th December, the defenders of Human Rights will always be walking on a long walk to freedom, as “nobody is free until we are all free!”. The 2030 Agenda is for sure part of the legacy of Nelson Mandela and many other Human Rights Heroes!

The Candlelit Walk lasted one hour beginning at 6:45pm when participants met at the Civic Offices Amphitheatre on Wood Quay. This is a symbolic place as it represents the typical greek area of citizens debate, which is the very foundation of democracy and human rights.


The route of the walk stopped at six significative places in Dublin 1:

The Statue of Daniel O Connell – often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, Daniel O Connell was a political leader of the 19th Century who campaigned for the rights and freedom of the Irish under British Rule. At this stop, participants hold symbols of the 17 Golbal Goals, the main current “Liberation and Emancipation Agenda”.


The Rosie Hackett Bridge – as a trade unionist and a rising revolutionary, Rosie Hackett campaigned for workers’ rights through the 1913 Lockout and went on to be a key figure in the rising. At this stop, participants will promote the important gender equality targets of the 2030 Agenda.



The Statue of James Connolly – the Irish Republican and socialist leader James Connolly was executed by the British for the role he played in the 1916 Rising. His role in the Rising and in the drafting of the 1916 Proclamation, his execution are considered to be some of the influencing factors in the fight for Irish freedom in the 20th Century . At this stop, Hugh Frazer presented the “2016 Declaration for a Future Ireland ” prepared by many Irish citizens gathered by “Claiming our Future”For Hugh Frazer, the 2016 Declaration includes most of the challenges set by the 2030 Agenda and could be considered as an Irish version of the UN agreement adopted in September 2015.



The Universal Links on Human Rights Sculpture – commissioned by Amnesty International in 1995, the sculpture represents the jails around the world holding prisoners of conscience. At this stop, members of the Irish ESC Rights Initiative participants addressed the “indivisibility of Human Rights” to keep the message of the Irish Constitutional Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights alive.


Famine Statues – these statues commemorate the Great Famine of the 19th Century where 1million people died and more than a million emigrated from Ireland. At this stop, members of the Community Platform promoted “Six principles for an inclusive, equal and effective health policy” launched on Human Rights Day.


The walk will end at The Human Rights and Poverty Stone. This Stone was inaugurated in 2008, on the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty and bears the Human Rights pledge of Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988). At this final stop, particiants will promote the 2012 UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, a Human Rights work fit for the 2030 Agenda! On Human Rights Day 2015 ATD launched the handbook “Make Human Rights Work” to help everyone take action for human rights. This handbook translates a set of United Nations (UN) principles on human rights and poverty situations into action points that we all can use to affect change.  “We want to help people working at the local level to better understand the human rights implications for people living in extreme poverty and to propose a series of affirmative actions to claim their rights.” says ATD International’s Vice-President Janet Nelson. “We feel that the approach set out by the handbook is vitally important if we are to make real progress on Goal Number One of the new Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the UN in New York: ‘End poverty in all of its forms everywhere.’”

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 2016 International Human Rights Day: the UN theme

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day called on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.  We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media. (www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/)