Join the ‘Leave No One Behind’ Conversations!

“For too long, empty pledges and fine words have died in our mouths – now is the time to turn promises into action for this generation.” Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, 2016 The Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 'Leave No One Behind' promise provide the tools to achieve dignity and equality for every human being on this planet by 2030. Commitment and robust implementation of this Agenda is needed, however, to ensure that the plan is achieved for all people, in particular the most vulnerable. Ireland has fully committed to this global agenda, but what does…

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Divinity With Skin On

All of the stories in "Divinity With Skin On" were written by ordinary people who have a story to tell and this book enables them to do so. "This is something that really inspired me and got me thinking. How each person we meet has a library inside of them, but too often we shy away from sharing it with anyone else. " For the past 20 years, Martin Byrne, volunteer & member of the Board of ATD Ireland has been collecting North Wall stories and publishing them once a year. These stories are coming from a range of people and…

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In the Name of Love: April 4, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky

ATD Ireland and the Irish End Poverty Day Committee invite you to gather at the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Wednesday the 4th April 2018 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King "Pride - In the Name of Love" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the second track on the band's 1984 album: The Unforgettable Fire. It was released as the album's lead single in September 1984. Written about Martin Luther King Jr., the song received mixed critical reviews at the time, but…

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Eyes Full of Wonder – the ATD 2018 Spring Message

In the end, sharing the best of ourselves is the surest path to ending exclusion. Joseph Wresinski Elisa’s red dress shines under the spotlight. She moves forward, smiling, and starts to sing in a melodic language, both strange and foreign. She is joined on stage by her two brothers and her parents, all dressed in traditional costume. Together, they join their voices in an enchanting song, which is enthusiastically applauded by the audience. Elisa is tiny. At ten years old, she looks about six. She is the youngest child of the most denigrated family in the neighbourhood — a family that…

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Join creative Human Rights workshops in the North East Inner City!

On the 20th of February ATD Ireland launched the project ‘Your Rights are Written in Stone’. The project, which is funded by the North East Inner City community fund, aims to creatively make a connection between community members and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone. The Human Rights and Poverty Stone is located in Dublin 1 beside the famine statues and celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Through a traveling exhibition of banners the project illustrates the history of the stone in Dublin while also outlining the international context of the Human Rights and Poverty Stones found all over the world.…

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Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

On Thursday 23rd March, Equinet and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) are co-organising in Dulbin a conference on poverty and discrimination. This conference will aim to review the links between poverty and discrimination, take stock of recent initiatives introducing socio-economic status as a discrimination ground and discuss what can be done at EU and national levels to break the vicious cycle of social exclusion. The conference is timely as it takes place at a time when the Irish Deputies Fiona O'Loughlin TD and Jim O’Callaghan TD introduced a Private Bill to the Irish Parliament. The amendment aims to prohibit discrimination…

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On Saint Patrick’s Day, Go Green For SDGs

The Irish Coalition 2030 (ATD is one of its members) invites all citizens around the world to mark the 17 March, Saint Patrick's Day, in a very special way: make March 17 a day for the 17 Global Goals! Here are some ideas about what you can do: - In your Paddy's Day social media messages, and during the whole week before 17th March, use the hashtags #GoGreen4SDGs and #Act4SDGs and some of the graphics below! - On your green-white-orange tricolor costume you plan to wear on the 17 March, add some #GlobalGoals sign in green, - if you are taking…

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Free Women Freeing Others! Marking Women’s Day 2018!

Happy International Women’s Day 2018! As we still fight for gender equality, does the ATD 43 years old challenging 1975 call on the all feminist movements appeal to you today, in 2018? Tell us what has changed, what need to change and what in this 1975 text is still inspiring today? “The fundamental question facing women today is to know whether they accept equal opportunity among themselves. Until now the world has never accepted an equality which gives priority to the most disadvantaged… This would be a radical turning point in the history of the world.” Joseph Wresinski, All Together in…

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ATD Ireland pays tribute to Sister Caoimhín Ní Uallacháin OP

Our friend Sr. Caoimhín Ní Uallacháin O.P. passed a way peacefully in the care of the staff at Santa Sabina House in Cabra on Saturday March 3rd, 2018. Here is how John Lonergan wrote about her in his book "The Governor": Read here the tributes to Sr. Caoimhín Ní Uallacháin prepared by members of ATD all around the world: ATD Tributes to Sr Caoimhin You can watch her from 7min25sec in this video covering the 2013 UN End Poverty Day gathering :  

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