Joseph Wresinski

"Wherever human beings are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

(Founder of ATD)
All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland

What we do?

All Together in Dignity – ATD Fourth World is an international human-rights movement that works through grass-roots projects in partnership with people living in poverty. All around the world, it remains focused on constantly reaching out to the most vulnerable families, those who have a long history of poverty and educational disadvantage even in the so-called developed countries.

For the past 20 years, ATD in Ireland has been close to family members facing persistent poverty and struggling daily to live in dignity.  ATD welcomes everyone. It unites people whatever their origin, social status, culture or beliefs to fight against poverty. In building trust, solidarity and friendship, all have a place to realize their full and best potential. By working together and learning from each other, everyone is free to express themselves without being judged.

To find out more about our history and our global vision and mission – visit the ATD Fourth World – international’ website.

To find out more about what we do specifically in Ireland – visit the projects and latest news section on our website.

ATD Ireland Dublin Team

Full-time Dublin team: Dann Kenningham (national co-ordinator), Mary McMurchie, Stewart McMurchie, Ciara Margolis, Olga Lacey and Paul Uzell.

ATD staff members (all are members of ATD International Volunteers Corps) agree on a salary that is decided upon together and which is the same for everyone within the same country, regardless of seniority or responsibility. For Ireland in 2018, this salary is the minimum legal wage (36 hours a week) and is €18,000 gross a year along with the possiblity of health insurance.

In order to contribute to the advent of a society where everyone may be included, ATD Fourth World provided
itself with reference features that stem from its long term commitment to the poorest populations. Some of
these characteristics specifically direct its financial ethics

Read more: ATD Charter of financial ethics

Visiting and supporting people

Visiting and supporting people living in hostels or socially disadvantaged areas. Often, because of the many obstacles they have faced since childhood, the parents we meet may have addictions or mental health issues. Many have children in foster care. Little by little, we have built relationships with them based on trust and respect.

Promoting the World Day for Overcoming Poverty in Ireland on October 17

Promoting the world day for overcoming poverty in Ireland on October 17th each year, at the same time, working with the National Committee for 17 October ( to coordinate a commemoration at the Custom House quay in Dublin and make sure that the voices of people living in poverty are at the heart of this event.

Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Leave No One Behind Promise

Promoting awareness of, and contributing to, the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), including the Agenda 2030 Promise to 'Leave No One Behind'.

Promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights among Irish stakeholders

Based on internationally agreed human rights principles and standards, the Guiding Principles provide suggestions for how to put into practice the obligations of States to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of people living in extreme poverty.

ATD Fourth World-Ireland is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin.

Registered Number 475746

The Company has charitable status: Registered Charity Number 20072131

(Visit ATD’s page on the Charity Regulation Authority Website)

Revenue Charity Number: CHY 18678

Registered Office: 30 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, D01 K2F6

Registered Office:

30 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, D01 K2F6


Directors: Elaine Phelan (Chairperson), Juliette Pechenart (Treasurer), Marie Williams (Company Secretary), Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin (ATD International),  Bernie Brown, Maurice Hurley, Hugh Frazer, Robbie Gilligan and Pat O’ Gorman.