27 Jun

Our Voice at the National Economic Dialogue

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will open the National Economic Dialogue which takes place in Dublin Castle on the 27th and 28th June 2018. It will also be addressed by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

The dialogue is an annual opportunity to consider how to make best use of the available resources ahead of Budget 2019. It is not intended to produce specific budget proposals or recommendations, however it could help those preparing their own pre-budget submissions.

Representatives of community, voluntary and environmental groups as well as business groups, unions, and research institutes will be attending.

ATD Ireland will be represented by the Community Platform and the Community and Voluntary Pillar delegates.

The position paper of the the Community and Voluntary Pillar can be downloaded here!

In the coming weeks, ATD Ireland will campaign to make sure Budget 2019 includes:

– A robust funding for the new National Action Plan For Social Inclusion 2018-2021,

– The need for ressources to put in place an national implementation plan of the European Pillar of Social Rights (See also the EU 27 June meeting in Sofia).

– To strengthen the C & V Pillar recommendation : “Ensure protection of the vulnerable, the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living and promotion of equality are at the core of all decisions made. To this end all relevant policies and strategies should be subjected to a transparent social impact assessment at design and planning stage”, ATD invites the Governement to make sure equality assessesments can cover all situations of vulnerability. We call on the Governement to immediatly include the socio-economic status as a recognnised ground of discrimination in Irish Equality legislation,

– To improve social dialogue, Governement should set aside dedicated funding for a few specifice pilot projects with the aim of developing long-term participatory processes in which people with experience of long-term social exclusion and their organisations could contribute to the assessment and monitoring of areas of policy. In 2019, area of experimentation could be for instance, the SDG Stakeholder Forum, a monitoring body of the new Natiional Action Plan for Social Inclusion or a monitoring body of the implementation of the Slainte Care Reform.

17 Jun

The “I Have A Dream” campaign will celebrate the dreams of young people on 6th July 2018!

The “I Have A Dream” campaign will end with a final Spoken Words Party in Mountjoy Square Park on 6th July 2018 from 6pm to 8pm!

The legacy of Martin Luther King was the inspiration for the ATD Dublin youth group who officially kicked off their creative writing campaign Ireland, I Have a Dream on #MLKDay in January 2018.

The Party in Mountjoy Square park is the final event of the project and is aimed at young people who took part in the creative writing project for the past few months. They will be invited to perform their speeches, get to know other participants and give voice to their dreams in person. The event is free and open to the local community as well.

During the event, we will also launch the publication of speeches from the participants.
The evening will be an event full of music and inspiration with our project ambassador Dublin GAA Footballer Jonny Cooper in attendance along with some other special guests (including the guests of one of the sponsor of the project Coca Cola Ireland (for example PJ Gallagher).

Get updates about the event via the Facebook event page!


Over the past 6 months, the Unity in the Community youth group encouraged young people to write about the dreams they have to stop persistent poverty in Ireland through the context of their own story. The movement began on the 13th February with a booked out creative writing workshop administered by Fighting Words, which provides free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts.

For all information about the project visit ihaveadream.ie.

Although most famous for his work in civil rights, Martin Luther King was also an anti-poverty activist. On the 50th year of the anniversary of his death (this year on the 4th April 2018), the youth group explored the legacy of Martin Luther King and were inspired by his infamous ‘I, Have a Dream speech’.

The group decided to start this campaign in which they could use their creative mind and voice to connect ‘I Have A Dream’ to their own lives. Over a few months, the ATD Youth Group has attempted to help young people to find strength in sharing their experiences, finding their singular and unified voices. The campaign was designed to provide a new space in Ireland for young people between the ages of 16-25 with the aim of empowering participants and inspiring others to keep fighting to stop poverty, find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own lives.

The campaign was supported by Dublin Footballer Jonny Cooper, who joined the project as an ambassador. Cooper noted “Having met this group I was struck with their level of self-awareness, empathy and care to provide better future opportunities for young people. I am delighted to be involved with a determined group of people who are driven to be trail blazers and create change”.

The project is co-funded by the Irish Coca-Cola Thank You Fund and the Foundation ATD in Paris.


13 Jun

ATD Ireland launched a first “Leave No One Behind” essay!

“Sure, it’s their own fault!” Our Misconceptions of Poverty and the Poor is the first paper in a series of ‘Leave No One Behind essays’.

The ‘Leave No One Behind essays’ will be a series of short publications prepared by volunteers and friends of All Together in Dignity in order to trigger and inspire debates and actions on ways to “reach the further behind first”, the key challenge of the 2030 Agenda promise to “Leave No One Behind”.

“Sure, it’s their own fault!” Our Misconceptions of Poverty and the Poor focuses on some of the most commonly held myths about poverty and the poor, and provides the information we need to push back against them.

By choosing to believe “comfortable myths” about poverty and the poor, we negate the culpability of our society and economic system; we attribute the cause of destitution to individual failings. The misconceptions lead to prejudices; and prejudices lead to both conscious and unconscious discrimination. Unfortunately, we are fully equipped to leave people behind.

In Ireland, as in all other countries around the world, we are surrounded by poverty myths. These are misconceptions about poverty and people living in it, which prevent real progress in the fight to end poverty and the building of a genuine inclusive society. Whether it is that people on benefits don’t want to work; or that poverty is one’s own fault – many of our ideas about poverty fly in the face of countless studies and reports done on the subject.

By shining a light on our poverty myths and misconceptions, we may prepare ourselves to meet the 2030 promise: to be equipped to Leave No One Behind