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Mick Wallace on fire in questions around Direct Provision

The 2018 Budget for Direct Provision was over €66 million, of which the vast majority is privately operated – Who is monitoring the units? Mick Wallace questioning Minister Charlie Flanagan on Direct Provision

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Changing Volunteering in Orphanages.

The untold stories of orphanages, a system that’s harming the very children we believe it protects, and how you can choose to be part of the solution.     Over the years many kind and well-intentioned people have volunteered in orphanages. They have done so in order to help some of the world’s most vulnerable […]

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‘Volunteers’ Responses to the European Refugee Situation’

The paper was brought together by Trisanhi Gosine, NOHA MSc student on placement and explores volunteers responses to the refugee situation in Europe with particular focus on Greece.

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Celebrating Global Efforts to end Gender Based Violence

  Dear Friends Please join us this International Human Rights Day  to mark the contribution of southern based women working to  eradicate gender based violence. Our celebration of this inspiring collaboration takes place on 10th December at 6:30 p.m. at the Mansion House Dawson Street Dublin 2 with our special guest speaker Noeline Blackwell, Director […]

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Dympna Meaney Fund Now Open for 2019 Applications

  Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund Applications are now open. Please note these are to be be submitted by Friday 29th March 2019. Please do share this across you networks.  Purpose of the Fund The Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund seeks to connect women leaders from Africa, Asia, and/or Central or South America with […]

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Volunteering for the Future: Play your part in active hope!

 Volunteering for the future   ‘Volunteering for the Future’ is a project that was developed by Comhlámh and three of our partner organisations across Europe, Volunteering Matters in the UK, INEX in Czech Republic and finep in Germany. Collectively we believe in the power and importance of returned volunteers taking action when they return to […]

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The Destruction of the Community Development Sector in Ireland

An interesting paper was published this month by Patricia Kelleher  and Cathleen O’Neill examines the social and political forces that have lead to the undermining of “a vibrant state-funded community development, anti-poverty and equality sector which built on community and citizen involvement of the 1960s and 1970s”   Entitled ” The Systematic Destruction of the […]

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New edition of #Volops Launched

  At last weekends Irish Aid Volunteer Fair, we launched the latest edition of #Volops magazine. It promotes responsible and responsive volunteering practices from the point of view of returned volunteer development workers, volunteer sending agencies, and us, Comhlámh.  If you would like to write an article for the next issue of #VolOps, please get […]

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Living in the shadows of Irish society.

This is a typical day in the life of an asylum seeker in Knockalisheen Accommodation Centre (Direct Provision). The first thing is a trip to communal bathrooms to brush teeth and shower before breakfast which will be served in the canteen between 08h00-10h00. The condition of the bathroom will depend on the type of a […]

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Palestine’s Forgotten Refugees in Lebanon

        This is a new report from the Centre for Global Education which assess the social and economic conditions in which Palestinian refugees are living in Lebanon. These conditions have worsened as newly arriving refugees from Syria have placed an added strain on the 12 Palestinian camps administered by the UN in […]

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Learning As We Walk

Lessons from Ireland’s abortion referendum in the current global context. by Comhlámh member Janet Horner.   On May 25th 66.4% of the Irish people voted to repeal a 35 year long constitutional ban on abortion. In doing so, they sent a powerful signal to the world that abortion rights are human rights and that when […]

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3rd Anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals marked

  Ambassadors, civil society organisations, citizens, and government representatives gathered in Dublin today to mark the third anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the promise to Leave No One Behind. Coalition 2030, an alliance of over 100 Irish civil society organisations and networks, today led a street march in […]