Mark the 3rd Anniversary of the Leave No One Behind Promise with ATD!

The 25th September 2018 marks the 3rd anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes the 17 Goals, the Leave No One Behind Promise and the recognition that poverty is the key issue to address for a better future for people and the planet. Worldwide this day is marked as a Global Day of Action, under the #Act4SDGs Campaign www.act4sdgs.org Major events will take place in New York and at the United Nations to reinforce the commitments towards this transformative and needed agenda to secure a better future for all. The Tanaiste Simon Coveney will…

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From Isolation to Celebration – ATD Ireland at the 2018 Recovery Walk!

On Saturday 15th September 2018, ATD volunteers joined friend organisations such as NWICTDP or SAOL to walk the Dublin Recovery Walk (an annual event marking the world recovery months). ATD volunteers prepared posters and coined their mottos! "From Isolation to Celebration", "Support Recovery, End Poverty", "My Voice, My Choice, My Recovery", "Our Recovery Matters too"! During the final rally, ATD members were able to speak to Minister Catherine Murphy and they also took time to run a "Your Rights Are Written in Stone" workshop ahead of End Poverty Day 2018 on 17 October! Here are some pictures of the walk and…

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Young ATD volunteers meet UN Deputy Secretary General and the Tánaiste

On Friday 7th September 2018, Kaydee, Loraine and Andrew from the ATD Youth Group "Unity in the Community" met UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J Mohammed and Tánaiste Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. They explained to both of them the project run by them earlier in the year entitled "Ireland, I have a dream". See www.ihaveadream.ie The meeting took place at the Iveagh House during an event co-organised by DFAT, Irish Aid and National Youth Council of Ireland. On the same day the Tánaiste and the Minister Cannon confirmed support for UN reform as the UN Deputy Secretary General was…

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Remembering Phil Barbier

Phil conducted hundreds of wire workshops - here in Dublin It is with great sadness that the ATD International leadership team announced that Phil Barbier passed away on Sunday 1st July in Montreal, where he and his wife Françoise have been living since August 2016. Most of ATD's Irish friends remember that Phil and Françoise worked in the ATD Dublin team from 2006 to 2011. They lived in Dublin with their 3 daughters Amelie, Sophie and Zoe. Phil was 26 when he joined the ATD International Volunteer Corps in 1985, after a few years working as a youth leader in Mons,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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For We Are Glorious!

. We are not a stranger to the dark Hide away, they say 'Cause we don't want your broken parts We've learned to be ashamed of all our scars Run away, they say No one'll love you as you are But we won't let them break me down to dust We know that there's a place for us For we are glorious  . When the sharpest words wanna cut us down We're gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out We are brave,  we are bruised We are who we're meant to be, this is us! Look out 'cause here we…

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Make Poverty History! Be the Generation! We Walked Together with Nelson Mandela

Thank you to all the Dublin citizens who joined ATD Volunteers at the Famine Statues to 'Be the Legacy' on the day the world marked the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. This day was a very special one as it is the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela and the world was marking it in a ''loud'' way. It is also the Mandela Day of the year of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights #UDHR70! Following the call of the South African Nelson Mandela Foundation and its #ActionsAgainstPoverty campaign, ATD Ireland invited the general public to…

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ATD youth group launched ‘Ireland, I Have A Dream’ inspired by Martin Luther King

The ATD "Unity in the Community Youth Group" launched the ‘Ireland, I Have A Dream’ on Friday 6th July. The event hosted by the Unity in the Community Youth Group included games, spoken word, live music and speeches. The book was prepared and printed with funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. The ‘Ireland, I Have a Dream’ project run from January to July 2018 has provided a new space for young people in Ireland and beyond, under 25, to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own lives by writing…

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