Seasonal Greetings from ATD Ireland

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"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future." We hope you all enjoyed a blessed festive season. There was a great Christmas spirit in the office for the last while before our holidays, where we had been practicing our seasonal songs before our annual carol fundraiser on Grafton Street on December 10th. We would like to sincerely thank all our friends and allies who lent us their voice for a fun and frosty evening.Whilst we may not be winning any awards for our singing abilities, our cheery presence was felt by the many passers by who…

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Hidden Dimensions of Poverty – Irish Report Launch

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On the 23rd October, people gathered to attend the Irish launch of the participatory research study “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty”, an international collaboration between ATD Fourth World International and Oxford University involving research activity in six countries in the Global North and the Global South. Hosted by ATD Ireland this conference brought people with lived experience of poverty together with professionals and researchers working to address poverty. As co-researchers, people in poverty, academics and professionals, shared their journey on researching the hidden dimensions of poverty. Guest speakers were: Sr. Bernadette McMahon, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice Ireland Dr. Bernadette Browne…

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17 October – Dublin Event

As always on the 17th of October, ATD alongside the 17 October committee launched our annual event at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone, Dublin, to mark the UN International Eradication of Poverty Day. This years chosen international theme was “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”. In relation to this, we chose a sub-theme of ‘footsteps for a better future’ and so we placed hundreds of colored footprints of peoples dreams (many of those written by children) that we had collected over the past months as well as on the day, from the famine statues to the…

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Cycle for SDG’s

A fantastic adventure organised by ATD Quart Monde! 475km from Dublin to Paris over 6 days as part of the international week of action and awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (#Act4SDGs). A team of eight Irish cyclists took the boat from Dublin Port to Cherbourg and were joined by a number of French cyclists, including some local authorities, along the way. The purpose of the trip was to raise awareness for SDGs Week, to highlight the strong alliance between Ireland and France in SDG implementation, and to promote France's recent adoption of a new Roadmap for the 2030 Agenda. The route…

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“Does it only happen to me?” The ATD Ireland report on Socio-Economic Discrimination

Promoting the wider campaign to have socioeconomic discrimination recognized as a tenth ground of discrimination in the Irish Equal Status ActThe project entitled ‘Does it Only Happen to Me?’ contributes to the wider campaign to have socioeconomic discrimination recognized as a tenth ground of discrimination in the Irish Equal Status Act. Our Socio-Economic Status (SES) project offers a platform for members and volunteers of ATD’s network to provide a space for people who experience socioeconomic discrimination to communicate their stories. We are beginning to see our hard work pay off as the campaign to end socioeconomic discrimination continues to be picked…

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Festival of Nations

"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."      - Audre Lorde This month ATD Ireland played a part in the organisation and participation of the wonderful Festival of Nations event which took place from 12 - 6pm in Mountjoy Square Park on Saturday the 24th of August. At our stand we held a "footsteps" for a better future workshop - where we asked both children and adults to write or draw something that represented their dreams for the future on a colorful footstep,…

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New Information Plaque, Human Rights and Poverty Stone, Dublin, Ireland

The National 17 October Committee is pleased to announce the installation of a new information plaque at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone, Customs House Quay, Dublin to mark the International United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty every 17 October. The Committee wishes to acknowledge the support of the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee, Dublin City Council and Cast Ltd. The Committee is seeking to raise €8,000 for the installation of a series of bronze footsteps to be laid along the End Poverty Walkway connecting the Stone with the Famine Memorial…

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Charity Cycle from Dublin to Paris

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them” – Ernest Hemingway All Together in Dignity Ireland Charity Cycle Event, from the Spire Dublin to the Arc de Triomphe Paris, 6-day cycling trek between 21st - 30th September. Calling all interested cyclists and sponsors. Be ready to #Cycle4SDGs! The presentation of the project in French here!

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