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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...