30 Aug

ATD had a say in the Irish Aid Consultation Process on the new Irish Development Policy

On budget day 10 October 2017, Minister Simon Coveney, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade announced  that Ireland will produce a new international development policy in 2018.

On 12 July 2018 Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr. Ciarán Cannon, T.D., Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development launched a public consultation process, inviting written submissions in response to the public consultation paper, and encouraging participation in public meetings to take place in September and early October.

The global context has evolved significantly over the past five years. A series of new international policy frameworks under the Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for international cooperation and global policy making for development and humanitarian action.

Ireland is recognised internationally for its commitment to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability.

The policy development process is an opportunity to bring the Irish public into the discussion, to engage them on the global challenges facing Ireland and developing countries, and build a whole of society approach to international development.

The public consultation will take place from July through early October 2018. There will be opportunities for the general public, the development community in Ireland, and partners and stakeholders in developing countries to give input to policy development.

At the end of August 2018, ATD Ireland submitted a first contribution in the consultation process. This submission is entitled:

Prioritising and supporting the active participation
of people with lived experience of poverty
to strengthen Ireland’s contribution
to a more equal, just and sustainable world.
Download ATD’s submission here!

Key Documents of the Consulation Process

Public Consultation Paper
Sets out proposed directions for Ireland’s new policy on international development in 2018, and information to guide public submissions.

Global Ireland – Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025
Outlines the Government’s initiative to double the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint in the period to 2025.

The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World
Ireland’s 2015 foreign policy review sets out how we safeguard our peace, security and economic prosperity, and promote reconciliation and cooperation at home. At its core are the protection of our citizens and the promotion of our values abroad.

One World One Future
Ireland’s 2013 Policy for International Development sets out the vision of a sustainable and just world, where people are empowered to overcome poverty and hunger and fully realise their rights and potential.

25 Aug

Our Open Letter to Pope Francis

On the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland on the 25th and 26th August 2018, members of ATD prepared an Open Letter to welcome the leader of the Catholic Church.

The letter includes a call on the Irish Catholic Church and its members to become strong activists for the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development as a way to answer to “the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth”.

Ahead of the second “Catholic World Day of the Poor” (Saturday 18th November) initiated by Pope Francis,  ATD members invite also the Irish Catholics to join the 2 months of a loud “End Poverty Campaign” starting with the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17th October and ending at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December. The Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th November will be an opportunity to demand a robust implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Catholic World Day and the EU Pillar have both been launched in mid-November 2017.

The Open Letter follows a proposal by ATD Ireland and many other key Irish anti-poverty activists to prepare a meeting of people with experience of poverty and social exclusion with the Pope at the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay in Dublin 1.

Download in PDF:
The Open Letter to Pope Francis
The proposal of meeting with the Pope



21 Aug

The 2018 Festival of Nations in Mountjoy Square Park

On Saturday 18th August the diversity and togetherness of the North East Inner City’s multicultural community was celebrated at the inaugural Festival of Nations in Mountjoy Square Park. The opening ceremony kicked off at 1pm with the Parade of Nations. The parade was full of colour and music with representatives from many nations flying their flags.

All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland co-organised the event in partnership with the leading organisation “Diversity & Multicultural Initiative” and the Dublin City Council. The event was made possible with the support of the North East Inner City Initiative.

ATD organised many activities on the day including; Your Rights are Written in Stone workshop, Tug of War, Dizzy Penos, Interactive language boards and a “Europe Matters” documentation Stand.

The Your Rights are Written in Stone workshop was the last in a long series of workshops facilitated by ATD as part of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone 10th anniversary project supported by the NEIC fund. Participants in the workshop were invited to write, draw or paint a word, name or image they associate with basic human rights and poverty on a small stone which will be included in a very special exhibition to mark the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17th October 2018.

The event was a free family-friendly event with close to 30 countries represented. Countries showcased their individual culture through music, dance and poetry while celebrating the togetherness of the community. Several workshops at various countries stalls including exotic foods to satisfy the crowds taste buds.

ATD interactive language boards were located in various location at the event and invited those in attendance to write various words in their own language including ‘Dreams’ ‘Hopes’ and ‘Love’.

ATD also organised child friendly activities throughout the day including a tug of war and dizzy penos which provided great laughs and entertainment for kids and big kid parents!

The crowds were kept entertained throughout the day by a programme of performances on the event mainstage. Mainstage performances were kicked off by friends of ATD ‘Shakalak’ while other performances included live dance, music, and spoken word. Cathal and Aine Holland, friends of ATD, were also part of the line-up.  Fabu D, the MC of the day, provided plenty of laughs and kept the crowds in high spirits throughout.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin addressed the crowd to express how delighted he was to see so many cultures represented together at one event. He expressed great pride in the inclusive community of the North Inner City.

ATD, as co-organisers, were overwhelmed by the positive responses to the event and would like thank Diversity & Multicultural Initiative and Dublin City Council for a wonderful partnership and hope will produce an even bigger event next year!

For more information about the Your Rights are Written in Stone