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October 2018

October 31, 2018

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 […]


October 4, 2018

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 […]


October 3, 2018

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 […]


October 2, 2018

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 […]


October 1, 2018

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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