If Only You Knew – Stories of Change

Download "If Only You Knew" here! Coraline, Long and Paul presenting "If Only You Knew" to the President of Ireland (7 March 2018) Laoise presenting "If Only You Knew" to Minister of Employement Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty (20 Nov 2017) Watch the video of the launch here! ************************ On Tuesday 21st November in the DCU Library in Dublin, Maureen O'Sullivan TD launched our new short collection of stories ‘If Only You Knew – Stories of Change’ . Discover all the pictures from the launch event here! The event was the opportunity to mark the International Day for Tolerance (16 November)…

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Let’s be grateful to our trustees! Ireland’s first Trustees’ Week

Ireland’s first Trustees’ Week takes place from November 13-17.  ATD volunteers and staff members from the ATD International volunteer corps are happy to mark the week, being organised by the Charities Regulator, The Wheel, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, the Carmichael Centre, Boardmatch Ireland and Volunteer Ireland. By celebrating Trustees’ Week we aim: To celebrate and thank our trustees for the key role which they play in the governance and administration of ATD Ireland; To highlight the importance of good governance of boards and raise our awareness about the need of thorough knowledge of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, education and upskilling of…

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A Major Step for the Recognition of a Socio-Economic Ground of Discrimination

In June 2017, Deputy Jim O' Callaghan and Deputy Fiona O' Loughlin introduced a Private Bill in front of Dáil Éireann to amend the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000 by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person’s social and economic background. After an adoption of this first step in June 2017, the "second step" debates took place in the Parliament on the 8th and 9th November 2017 and the The Dáil divided in this way: Yes 85; No 48; Abstained. This is an historic step forward gained mainly by activists and volunteers from the  "Equality…

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A Place of Freedom: ATD UK Frimhurst Family House

https://youtu.be/Uz2qFZMC6r8 "Surviving a life in poverty is getting harder and harder as Government policies become more punitive and divisive. This creates feelings of fear and insecurity, it drains your energy and can make you ill. Having a place to go to where we are not judged, can dare to trust the people around us and be free to be ourselves is a lifesaver. Frimhurst gives us strength to carry on, knowing we are not alone in our struggles." Moraene Roberts, ATD activist and volunteer in ATD UK National Leadership Team “What can I do to actually help put things right? To…

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Council of Europe says ‘Ireland Failed To Provide Adequate Housing Conditions’

Tenants  in Ireland led by Community Action Network (CAN) and other NGOs such as FLAC Welcome European Committee of Social Rights Finding That Ireland Has Failed To Provide Adequate Housing Conditions on Local Authority Estates. The Committee found Ireland in violation of Article 16 of the Revised Social Charter, which protects the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection, including the provision of family housing. This is the beginning. The Decision means that the Irish Government must now take stock of the housing conditions, and put in place a timed programme with clear targets to address the issues.…

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With all our own two hands we can change the world! Let’s walk as one for a inclusive society!

Will citizens around the country play a role to make next Irish National Action Plan for Social Inclusion the best ever? Marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations' Day for the Eradication of Poverty, All Together in Dignity launched a call to action in Leinster House with the support of Maureen O'Sullivan TD and the SAOL project. The call "Walking as One for an Inclusive Society: A Call to Action on the People of Ireland" aims to network citizens, workers, leaders, managers, carers, teachers, trainers, parents, young people who are ready to be contribute to the new national action plan…

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It’s about giving young people a voice: the ATD Youth Group will run “Ireland, I have a dream” with a grant from the Coca Cola Thank You Fund!

‘It’s about giving young people a voice’ said PJ Gallagher at the Thank You Fund 2017 launch. 'Coca-Cola’s objective was to find projects that would inspire and support young people, and there is no doubt the recipients will do exactly that. I am humbled by the people working in communities throughout the island of Ireland,” he added, “and believe that the impact of the work they do with young people has an immeasurable impact on our society" On 12 October 2017, comedian and Thank You Fund Ambassador, PJ Gallagher awarded ATD's Youth Group with a grant of €5,000 to run the…

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Are 24 hours enough? Stand Up, Speak Out, Sing Loud!

To mark the UN End Poverty Day in Dublin, ATD Ireland invited citizens in Dublin to "Stand Up, Speak Out, Sing Loud" series of event startind the 16 October at 7pm and finishing the 17 October with an event from 7pm to 9pm! Discover pictures and videos of the ATD events and many more the Gallery 2017 prepared by the Irish 17 October Committee! Visit starts here!    

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Two Years Later, Will Ireland Light the Way Again?

On 25th September 2015, world leaders agreed to a definitive plan for the planet and the people on it: 17 Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted. 193 governments signed up and if they stick to the plan the results will be extraordinary. End poverty. Fight inequalities. Tackle climate change. And leave no one behind. It has already been two years. Is Ireland on track? Is Leo Varadkar and other world leaders sticking to the pledge? For the goals to be reached for everyone, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you and us.…

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The Journey Starts Here! Discover ATD’s Overseas International Volunteer Corps

ATD Ireland will be at the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2017! Come and discuss ways to volunteer long-term in one of the 100 projects run by ATD local communities across 40 countries around the world! To start the journey: Join our Local Volunteers Network: help us in many ways from the running of our projects: fundraising, translating English<>French to maintenance in the office, special events, administration, family support and a whole lot more. Whether you like to work alone or in a group, in an office or outdoors, on the front line or in a support role, we can always use…

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