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No to any new TTIP: Contact your MEP’s

TTIP Trojan demo in Brussels 2014 The Comhlámh Trade Justice group sent the following letter to all sitting Irish MEPs around the upcoming vote regarding fresh talks around a new US EU trade deal. Given the disaster for people and environment that was proposed in the original TTIP agreement, we call on our sitting MEPs […]

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Conversations with volunteers: Dominic Hannigan

Comhlámh’s information and support officer Ruth Powell will have a number of conversations with volunteers about their unique experiences of international volunteering over the coming months. Here is the second conversation, with Dominic Hannigan Dominic Hannigan in Mongolia Why did you decide to volunteer internationally? I was always interested in international volunteering, and this opportunity […]

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Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals

Comhlámh is delighted to host the United Nations Volunteer programme in Dublin for a dialogue on on Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, encouraging the participation and integration of all people — including youth, […]

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Ruth Powell reviews “Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad”

The first thing you notice about “Learning Service:  The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad” is that it comes highly recommended by Noam Chomsky who states that it is “an extraordinary contribution” and “a manifesto for doing good well”.  The second thing you notice is the sheer size of the work.  This guidebook has more than […]

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More than 1,600 people died in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in the months up to September 2018.

Image from SeaWatch.org Sir, – Ireland is failing in its responsibility to migrants seeking asylum in European countries. More than 1,600 people died in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in the months up to September 2018. There is little evidence that European ministers for justice, including Charlie Flanagan, have done much to […]

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Conversations With Volunteers. Ewnetu Ermias

Conversations with volunteers. Over the next few months, Comhlámh’s information and support officer Ruth Powell will have a number of conversations with volunteers about their unique experiences of international volunteering.  First up, a conversation with Ewnetu Ermias who is currently volunteering at Salale University in Fitche, central Ethiopia. What is your name? My name is […]

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E-tick: A new project on ethical communications for young volunteers

Envato Images Communicating Volunteering Comhlámh is happy to announce the start of a new Erasmus+ funded project that will focus on the complex and frequently contentious topic of how volunteers communicate about their international placements and experiences in the Global South.  Using global education methodologies, the project will support volunteers to develop skills around critical […]

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Irish Primary School Children Strike For Climate Action

School children mobilised across several schools on Dublin for a demonstration outside the Dail. It was part of the first primary school strikes highlighting the lack of government action on Climate Change. The call for a strike by school children around climate action arose from the the 6th year class taught by Jenny Stanley at […]

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Testimonies from Asylum Seekers and others about the Direct Provision System in Ireland.

Video posted by the Say No to Direct Provision in Ireland Facebook page

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UK Government releases studies on siting GDF nuclear waste dumps in Northern Ireland

Screen grabs from video outlining so called Sub-region 2 cutting across several counties in Northern Ireland The UK government has published recently details on its ongoing investigations into siting nuclear waste dumps in Northern Ireland. In it’s examination, published online on the 19th December, Northern Ireland is divided up into 4 sub regions. The website […]

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Video: “Stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about tax” – Billionaires Called Out for Tax Evasion Davos Economic Forum

“It feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one is allowed to speak about water”  Rutger Bregman speaks about the elephant at the Davos Economic Forum, the role of tax avoidance that keeps wealth stockpiled for the richest as inequality increases. “Stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about tax” You can watch […]

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International Citizens for Local Perspectives: supporting young international volunteers and migrants as active citizens working for global justice.

Comhlámh is delighted to be part of a new Erasmus+ funded project that will link our work on international volunteering with the creation of a more inclusive and equitable society in Ireland.  Entitled ‘International Citizens for Local Perspectives’ (IC4LOP), the project will help us create innovative ways of promoting civic participation and combating social exclusion […]