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Job Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer

DATE : January 18, 2022 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Job Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer Job vacancy: Chief Executive Officer    About Comhlámh: Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and volunteers to work for social justice locally and globally. We work to promote and support volunteers and development workers to critically engage […]

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Job Vacancy: Project Officer, Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality

DATE : January 11, 2022 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Job Vacancy: Project Officer, Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality Job Vacancy: Project Officer, Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality Job Title:        Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality Project OfficerReports to:     Programme ManagerLocation:        12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2 Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and […]

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Ending Orphanage Volunteering & the Institutionalisation of Children.

DATE : October 21, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

We would like to invite you to Ending Orphanage Volunteering & the Institutionalisation of Children. Transforming the Way We Care Event directed at Students. The event will take place on Wednesday, 27 October, 7-8:30PM. WHY ATTEND? Join Comhlamh and Tearfund Ireland in an online discussion around the growing global movement to end orphanage volunteering and […]

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What is Decolonisation Asking of Us? – Comhlámh Think Piece at IVCO 2021

DATE : October 14, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

This paper by Sive Bresnihan, Training & Education Officer with Comhlámh asks how the field of volunteering for development – which typically enjoys and asserts an aid of neutrality and benevolence – might meet growing calls for decolonisation. It calls on us, at IVCO and beyond, to break the cycle of conversations that ultimately lead […]

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NUI Galway: Ending Orphanage Volunteering & the Institutionalisation of Children. An Event for Student Journalists

DATE : September 29, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

On behalf of NUI Galway we would like to invite you to Ending Orphanage Volunteering & the Institutionalisation of Children. Transforming the Way we Care Event for Student Journalists. The event will take place on Wednesday, 13 October, 7-8PM. Sign up now to attend now here. WHY ATTEND? Join Comhlamh and its Orphanage Working Group in an […]

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May #FirstWeds Workers Solidarity in International Supply Chains

DATE : April 27, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

MayDay #FirstWeds: Workers Solidarity in International Supply Chains Wed 5th May Livestream 7pm Covid 19 has brought the issue of international supply chains to the fore. Given an increasing move to online purchasing in clothes, FirstWeds wanted to look at what this means for workers in garment manufacturing. Exploitation, sweatshops, and dangerous working conditions in […]

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Nicaragua’s Transformation.

DATE : April 27, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

On Nicaragua’s Transformation In late 1979 Valerie Roche was invited to go to Nicaragua to work in the Ministry of Planning as an information advisor. For the following 4 years she worked enthusiastically alongside many dedicated people in a variety of projects aimed to bring about positive changes in Nicaraguan society. Here are some of […]

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Job Vacancy: Communications Project Officer

DATE : April 22, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Job Vacancy: Communications Project Officer Come work with us! COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT OFFICER Job Title:         Communications Project OfficerReports to:     Head of ComhlámhLocation:        12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2 Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and volunteers to work for social justice locally and […]

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Volunteer Engagement Project Officer

DATE : April 12, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Job Vacancy: Volunteer Engagement Project Officer Job Title:         Volunteer Engagement Project Officer (VEPO)Reports to:     Programme ManagerLocation:        12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2   Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and volunteers to work for social justice locally and globally. Comhlámh is committed […]

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The True Cost of Fashion – Who’s Paying for It?

DATE : April 8, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The True Cost of Fashion – Who’s Paying for It? The Comhlámh Trade Justice group Thursday 22nd April 2021 from 3pm – 4.30pm The global fashion industry is polluting our environment, exploiting workers while making millions for big brands.  Is there a better way to make our clothes? The Comhlámh Trade Justice group are excited […]

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Education, Emancipation and Social Change

DATE : March 16, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Education, Emancipation and Social Change What role does education play in social change? What links learning and emancipation? In this month FirstWeds we are bringing together a diverse panel involved in community, adult and development education to explore different approaches and practice in learning for a better world. They will help us unpack some of […]

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Focus Podcast: Women On The March

DATE : March 8, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Focus Podcast: Women On The March Following the successful referendum to remove the 8th amendment from the Irish constitution, Ireland has become a beacon of hope for women in other parts of the work where abortions are prohibited or allowed in very specific cases, which means that women are too often forced to risk their […]

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CETA Trade Deal Requires Scrutiny – Irish Times Letter

DATE : March 8, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

CETA Trade Deal Requires Scrutiny – Irish Times Letter Published on Saturday 8th March Sir, – I would like to respond to the issues raised by David O’Sullivan concerning non-ratification of the Canada-EU trade agreement (Ceta) in his piece “Causing EU crisis over Canada trade deal would be mistake for Ireland” (Opinion & Analysis, March […]

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Solidarity in Action Course

DATE : March 4, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Solidarity in Action Course Comhlámh, in partnership with UCDVO, is delighted to announce the launch of Solidarity in Action, a new educational offering for 2021. Running from March to June 2021, Solidarity in Action is an extended learning journey open to past participants of Be the Change and Skills in Development Education courses and UCDVO’s […]

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Irish Coalition calls for action on WHO waiver to address Covid 19 vaccine inequality

DATE : February 25, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Irish Coalition calls for government action on WHO waiver to address COVID-19 vaccine inequality Comhlámh and member group Access to Medicines Ireland have joined call’s for urgent support for the Covid-19 emergency waiver of World Trade Organisation rules so more vaccines and treatment can urgently be produced, in an open letter to Taoiseach Micheál Martin. […]

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Just Health: Challenges and Hope for Real Solidarity One Year into a Global Pandemic

DATE : February 22, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Just Health: Challenges and Hope for Real Solidarity One Year into a Global Pandemic #FirstWeds 3rd March 7pm “There is almost no area of our lives, our communities or societies that has not been impacted by COVID-19. Similarly, there is no area that has not been untouched by the measures introduced by the authorities to […]

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CETA ICS Comhlamh Factcheck #StopCeta

DATE : February 16, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

CETA ICS Comhlamh Factcheck This briefing note has been developed by the Comhlámh Trade Justice group. It addresses some of the assertions and misunderstandings there are about the decision facing Ireland on the ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA. Download the Factchecker here Help #StopCeta and share our Factcheck Or read […]

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CETA-ICS Letter Signed by Civil Society Groups and Networks.

DATE : February 11, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

We believe that this is anti-democratic. At this urgent juncture of multiple overlapping crises, ISDS erodes our democracies and the power held by ordinary people in favour of multinational corporations.

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IC4LOP Recommendations

DATE : January 28, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

International Citizens for Local Perspectives (IC4LoP) recommendations The project International Citizens for Local Perspectives (IC4LoP), an Erasmus+ KA3 social inclusion project, took place between 2019-2021. It worked to engage and mobilise young migrants, returned volunteers and others interested in global issues to participate in social justice collective action.A set of recommendations were developed as part […]

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Working for a Better World: Sustaining Civic Responses to Migration. Ireland National Report

DATE : January 27, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlamh began the dissemination of the initial research results of the Working For a Better World (W4BW) – Sustaining Civic Response Project this week. W4BW is a 2.5 year, EU-funded consortium of organisations in Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain which is focused on the psycho-social resourcing of staff and volunteers working with refugee and asylum-seeking […]

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#FirstWeds: Ireland, Palestine and the United Nations Security Council

DATE : January 19, 2021 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Join us as Comhlámh and the Department of International Development in Maynooth begin our 2021 season of #FirstWeds.This months discussion will look at how Ireland can use its seat on the United Nations Security Council to support Palestine? Tune in live on Wed 3rd Feb, 7pm here: We are delighted to be joined by: Abeer al-Mashni:Abeer […]

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Comhlámh concerns CETA trade deal

DATE : December 12, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Irish Government to push through CETA trade deal Comhlámh is concerned that the government is moving to ratify the EU Canada Trade Deal known as CETA. The Comhlámh Trade Justice Group has highlighted the devastatingly negative impact that Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions will have on the formation of public policy. ISDS is a mechanism […]

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UN Volunteering (UNV) in Laos.

DATE : December 8, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Lisa Byrne shares their experience of UN Volunteering (UNV) in Laos. My role as Programme and Reporting Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Laos began in February 2018. At first I was quite nervous about this new venture as it was very far from home and I had never been to South […]

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Premiere: Social justice in a time of global pandemic

DATE : December 7, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Premiere: Social justice in a time of global pandemic The Wednesday 9th December at 7pm we will premiere a conversation between Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Amel Yacef and Caoimhe Butterly, hosted by Sive Bresnihan. Through the lens of the Covid-19 pandemic, the the conversation pulls on different threads including Black Lives Matter, #endSARS and the tens of […]

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Submission to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth regarding the Statement of Strategy 2021 – 2023

DATE : November 19, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Ireland Says Welcome is a membership group sharing news, information and refugee solidarity initiatives in Ireland and across Europe. Our vision is of a welcoming, inclusive and participatory Ireland for those escaping war, persecution and poverty. 6th of November 2020 Dear Sir/Madam This submission is in response to the consultation by the Department, for its […]

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Together We Can Through Volunteering

DATE : November 16, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Join us to mark International Volunteer Day whose theme this year is ‘Together we can through volunteering’.

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Health & Wealth: Solidarity and justice in developing and delivering vaccines for COVID19

DATE : November 3, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Health & Wealth: Solidarity and justice in developing and delivering vaccines for COVID19 The race for a vaccine for COVID19 is a regular feature of the airways and newsprint since the outbreak of the pandemic in February and March this year. But what will happen after an effective vaccine is developed – do these headlines […]

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Health and Wealth FirstWeds

DATE : October 15, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Health and Wealth Solidarity and justice indeveloping and deliveringvaccines for COVID19   The race for a vaccine for COVID19 is a regular feature of the airways and newsprint since the outbreak of the pandemic in February and March this year. But what  will happen after an effective vaccine is developed – do these headlines inform […]

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Access to Medicines Ireland Calls on Government to Halt 'Vaccine Nationalism’

DATE : October 8, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Access to Medicines Ireland Calls on Government to Halt ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ C-TAP Initiative for Global Equitable Access to Covid-19 Healthcare supported by President Higgins and Leading Irish Health Experts The Access to Medicines Ireland (AMI) campaign group calls for the Irish government to take immediate action to support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘Solidarity Call […]

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Comhlámh joins call for urgent practical solidarity with people on Lesbos.

DATE : September 24, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh joins call for urgent practical solidarity with people on Lesbos. Comhlámh have co-signed an open letter calling for immediate action from the Irish government following the fire in Moria, Lesbos which has left over 13,000 people destitute. If Ireland seeks to live up to the platform of promoting human right and being a voice […]

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Conversations with volunteers. Eoin Ryan

DATE : September 21, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Conversations with volunteers.  Eoin Ryan  In 2018, Eoin Ryan came to the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair at Dublin Castle and spoke to Comhlámh about his international volunteering options.  Below he reflects on his placement in Zambia, and gives advice to other people thinking about international volunteering options (online and onsite) Taking shelter from the sun after planting soya […]

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Comhlámh's Justice for Palestine presents 'Why BDS'

DATE : September 17, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh’s Justice for Palestine presents ‘Why BDS?’ Livestream Monday 28th Sept 7pm YouTube Comhlámh’s Justice for Palestine member group presents this free online event to discuss the international movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS). BDS will be discussed by three well-respected speakers: Fatin al Tamimi, Richard Falk and Omar Barghouti. BDS has been described […]

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"Stories from Home"

DATE : September 15, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

“Stories From Home” Culture Night 2020 with Comhlámh and Ireland Says Welcome Comhlámh and the Ireland Says Welcome group are delighted to be hosting our annual multi-cultural Culture Night. For our 2020 event we will be moving online so please join us virtually for an evening of “Stories from Home” with stories and pieces written […]

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Is Free Speech Racist

DATE : September 15, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Is Free Speech Racist October FirstWeds: In Conversation With Gavan Titley. We all know what free speech means. Or at least that’s the way the term ‘free speech’ gets bandied about. But is there more to unpack about meanings and intentions of the term. Who gets to decide? Who is excluded? And why has racism […]

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Online, virtual and remote debriefing.

DATE : September 1, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Online, virtual and remote debriefing.  Comhlámh’s information and support officer, Ruth Powell, reflects on delivering online, virtual and remote debriefings during a pandemic.  I didn’t want to do online debriefings at first.    I didn’t think I could do them and I worried they wouldn’t work; but on the 12 March 2020 Covid–19 changed the way we live and work indefinitely in Ireland, and doing debriefings online, virtually […]

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Project Officer, Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality (Career Break cover – 13 months)

DATE : July 7, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Project Officer, Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality (Career Break cover – 13 months) Job Title:         Capacity Building & Volunteering Quality Project OfficerReports to:     Programme ManagerLocation:        12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2 Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and volunteers to work for […]

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Comhlámh joins the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign against Facebook.

DATE : July 1, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh joins the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign against Facebook. Comhlámh also calls for other organisations to suspend paying advertising revenue until tech giant takes substantive action. While Facebook likes to promote itself as bringing people together, mounting evidence shows its products are having the opposite effect across the globe. Comhlámh has halted all advertising on […]

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'Stop Filming Us' screening and discussion – July #FirstWeds

DATE : June 17, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

‘Stop Filming Us’ screening and discussion – July #FirstWeds Wednesday 1st July from 7pm Watch ‘Stop Filming Us’ Here at 7pm Join the live post screening panel here at 8pm The Black Lives Matter movement has lit a fire under international conversations about the nature of our societies, including questions about the under-representation and indeed […]

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Virtual, online and remote volunteering for international development

DATE : June 4, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Virtual, online and remote volunteering for international development On 20 May Comhlámh attended a webinar on remote volunteering, hosted by FORUM which is the global network of organisations involved in international volunteering for development.  There were a number of presentations from a variety of the FORUM organisations, namely; Cuso International Canada, the UNV Online programme, […]

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#FirstWeds Migrant Voices Across Europe

DATE : June 3, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

#FirstWeds Migrant Voices Across Europe Make sure and subscribe to Comhlámh’s YouTube channel by clicking here to ensure you dont get notified about our live feed videos Streaming from 7pm Wed 3rd June, we will be in conversation with people self organising as migrants and looking at what solidarity work is happening and how it […]

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Children in orphanages at specific risk of Covid-19

DATE : May 21, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Children in orphanages at specific risk of Covid-19 Comhlámh and the Orphanage Working Group: Supporting the Global Movement to Keep Children Safe Children in orphanages at specific risk of Covid-19 An estimated 8 million children currently live in orphanages worldwide.1 They are at specific risk of Covid-19, both in terms of infection and the socioeconomic […]

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Conversations with Volunteers and Development Workers

DATE : May 19, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Conversations with Volunteers and Development Workers Áine Lynch left Comhlámh in mid 2019 to take up a role as project coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières.  This is her second deployment with MSF and we caught up with her over email, to ask her a few questions about her role in Pakistan during Covid-19.  Áine Lynch, […]

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Social Justice and Radical Hope in a Global Pandemic

DATE : May 18, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Social Justice and Radical Hope in a Global Pandemic On the 8th April three Comhlámh staff members, Sive Bresnihan, Caoimhe Butterly and Mark Malone asked if it were possible to have radical hope and show solidarity with social justice issues during a global pandemic, when people are experiencing such challenging feelings.  They recorded the conversation […]

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E-TICK – our new online course on Ethical Communication has landed!

DATE : May 11, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

E-TICK – our new online course on Ethical Communication has landed! Did you know, by the time you read this page, 500 hours of video will have been uploaded to YouTube? Did you know that in the second it takes you to read this word, 9,000 tweets will have been tweeted on Twitter (this corresponds to over […]

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Green New Deal, Just Transition and COVID-19

DATE : April 28, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

#FirstWeds Green New Deal, Just Transition and COVID-19 Watch below with Dr Lorna Gold, Dr Conor Mc Cabe & Sean Mc Cabe Wednesday 6th May, 7pm. Can be played above. Press play now to set a reminder 7pm Live streaming from Comhlámh YouTube Channel Subscribe to our channel here to get a reminder and notification […]

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The Art of Listening

DATE : April 20, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The Art of Listening In the first of two pieces reflecting on her time working with Comhlámh Hannah R a student from Maynooth University’s Youth and Community Work Programme, writes about the art of listening. Since the beginning of your time, you were listening, hearing. Hearing the murmurs of your mother’s voice through the thin […]

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Development Organisations Applaud Government’s Strategic Alliance with World Health Organization

DATE : April 17, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

In times where we see a rise of nationalism and isolationism in many places, it is important to redouble our commitment and efforts around principles of international solidarity and cooperation. The idea and practices of the WHO are an integral part of those principles and play an invaluable role in helping peoples of the world face the shared multiple challenges ahead of us.”

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My human library book experience with Comhlámh

DATE : April 15, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

My human library book experience with Comhlámh I had never heard of a ‘human library’ book and when the opportunity came to speak about my recent volunteering experience in this experimental event, I jumped at the chance! I volunteered as a human library book at International Volunteer Day and this was a very enjoyable and […]

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Virtual #VolOps

DATE : April 8, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Virtual #Volops Since the launch of VolOps at the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair in 2014, we have used the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to post updates about international volunteering opportunities from the volunteer sending agencies in the Comhlámh code of good practice.  We also post updates from International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) […]

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Access to Medicines Livestream

DATE : April 7, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Access to Medicines Conference Live-stream

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Press Release: Defending the Public Interest in Vaccine and Medical Development

DATE : April 6, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Press Release: Defending the Public Interest in Vaccine and Medical Development Access to Medicines Ireland are hosting a Web Conference here on Tuesday, 7th April, from 10am to 1pm, entitled: “Defending the Public Interest in Vaccine and Medical Development,” specifically focused on COVID-19. Leading international experts will explore how best to support research that ensures effective vaccines and medicines are developed rapidly […]

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Access to Medicines Web Conference Covid19 Coronavirus

DATE : April 2, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Access to Medicines Ireland – LIVE Web Conference 10.00 am to 1.00 pm 7 April 2020    Available on ZOOM via the link: https://zoom.us/j/996912898 Adapting to Covid-19:  Defending the Public Interest in Vaccine and Medical Development COVID-19 has shone a light on a fatal weakness in our health system: the profit-driven pharmaceutical innovation model that we rely upon […]

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'The Global Thread'- A new radio series from Comhlámh

DATE : April 1, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

‘The Global Thread’- A new radio series from Comhlámh Comhlamh have a new 4 part radio series out next week. ‘The Global Thread’ will start broadcasting weekly on NearFM beginning on Tuesday 7th April at 7pm. Produced in partnership with Near FM, this series will focus on gender equality and reproductive rights; the global architecture of extraction […]

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International Volunteering and Covid-19

DATE : March 25, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

International volunteering has played a key role in working to address social injustice and building resilience in the face of multiple local and global challenges. We are now facing an unprecedented global challenge which requires true solidarity to make decisions in the best interests of all, but particularly for those who are most vulnerable. Many […]

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Comhlámh call for immediate action to end Direct Provision

DATE : March 25, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh call for immediate action to end Direct Provision People that seek state protection in Ireland under international law should not have to live in circumstances that contradict the government’s own health advice to people. Cramped overcrowding within direct provision is a long-standing and well-publicised issue that remains a source of day-to-day indignity for individuals […]

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Comhlámh condemns attacks on humanitarian workers in Greece; offers practical support in Ireland

DATE : March 19, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh condemns attacks on humanitarian workers in Greece; offers practical support in Ireland Comhlámh condemns the recent spike in attacks on humanitarian workers in Greece.  We have witnessed volunteers attacked in their cars, solidarity support projects burned to the ground and organised intimidation of people assisting those arriving in Greece.  This includes volunteers who are, […]

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"Protect our laws and humanity!" – Open Letter by 152 Organisations.

DATE : March 10, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

“Protect our laws and humanity!” – Open Letter by 152 Organisations about the situation in Greece. Comhlamh co-signs the following. To: Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli President of the European Council, Charles Michel President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Athens, 6 March […]

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Young People Developing Collective Actions

DATE : March 4, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Young People Developing Collective Actions The project focuses in particular on young migrants and international volunteers, drawing on their experiences of living in other cultures. At the end of February, we had the privilege of heading to Palermo, Sicily, to collaborate with more than 30 trainers and facilitators from around the world.  As part of […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and International Volunteering

DATE : March 3, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and International Volunteering Preparing for the almost inevitable global spread of this virus, now dubbed COVID-19, is one of the most pro-social, altruistic things you can do in response to potential disruptions of this kind. We should prepare, not because we may feel personally at risk, but so that we can help lessen […]

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Reflections on volunteering in two worlds

DATE : February 25, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Reflections on volunteering in two worlds Ewnetu Ermias compares his volunteering in Ethiopia with the volunteering he does here in Dublin, and finds extraordinary similarities At the end of 2017, after over a decade of work in a fast-paced multinational IT company in Dublin, I hit the wall and felt burn out.  Eventually, I took […]

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Fifteen Children Killed in Haiti Orphanage Fire

DATE : February 19, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Fifteen Children Killed in Haiti Orphanage Fire Comhlamh and its Orphanage Working Group were shocked and extremely saddened at the deaths of 15 children killed in a fire at an unlicensed orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti.  Living conditions at the orphanage, operated by a US based Christian Group, were described as ‘truly, truly neglected’.  The […]

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"Reconciliation is dead": Wet’suwet’en peoples respond to Canadian military backing of pipelines

DATE : February 18, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

“Reconciliation is dead”: Wet’suwet’en peoples respond to Canadian military backing of pipelines As a wave of solidarity actions crossed Canada, James O Neill, has written this piece. James was a long term resident of Sinixt territory, British Columbia who recently returned to Ireland while remaining in contact with pipeline struggles “A huge militarised police raid […]

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Comhlámh’s 2020 Outreach Programme

DATE : January 28, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh’s 2020 Outreach Programme Comhlámh’s 2020 Outreach Programme began on 16 January at the Volunteer Fair in NUI Galway.  Comhlámh was one of 30 organisations showcasing their work to students, staff and lecturers in the James Hardiman Library, in Galway.  It was a rainy day outside, but that didn’t prevent warm interactions between the participating […]

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Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund: 2020 Bursaries

DATE : December 17, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund: 2020 Bursaries Each year the Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund* awards skills building bursaries to human rights activists in the global south. We are passionate about supporting grass roots women working to combat gender based violence among migrant, displaced or refugee populations. Since 2015 we’ve helped more than […]

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Transforming care: Stopping the demand for orphanages

DATE : December 11, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Transforming care: Stopping the demand for orphanages In this article written and published in Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) union magazine we outline the shift in policy and practice from supporting orphanages towards enabling family and community-based care Irish nurses and midwives have a proud and long-established tradition of international volunteering and contributing to […]

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Beyond Borders Navigating The Journey.

DATE : December 5, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

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Focus Podcast Visiting Achill Island, global health and growing inequality

DATE : December 2, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Focus Podcast: Visiting Achill Island, global health and growing inequality Focus headed to Achill island for the the second International Health and Development Training for Healthcare Workers. Organised for people interested in volunteering or working in healthcare in less developed countries, this two day residential workshop of the west coast of Ireland looks at the […]

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Christmas Party 2019

DATE : December 2, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Christmas Party 2019 Friends Members and Comrades – come along to our Christmas party We hope you can join us at our annual Comhlámh, Kimmage Alumni / Department of International Development Studies Maynooth University and VSI Christmas drinks. Come and see who you might meet up with. All welcome. From 6.30pm till late Platters of […]

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Fracking, Neocolonialism and International Resistance

DATE : November 28, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Fracking, Neocolonialism and International Resistance Fracking gas has been banned in Ireland. So why is the government driving through plans to build a fracked gas refinery plant in Shannon?  What does this mean for communities still fighting to defeat fracking in their communities and country?  And what does that international resistance look like? These are […]

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Comhlámh Drivetime interview calls for an end to volunteering in orphanages

DATE : November 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh Drivetime interview calls for an end to volunteering in orphanages

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Focus Podcast: The Cambodia-Ireland Changemaker Network

DATE : November 18, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Focus Podcast: The Cambodia-Ireland Changemaker Network Focus dropped into Donabate-Portrane Educate Together National School (DPETNS) and PEPY  Empowering Youth during an exchange visit to speak about the work of the  Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network. The network  has developed from 2013, when four young Irish teachers from Dublin travelled to Cambodia seeking to establish an educational […]

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Frontline Witness: Refugee Search & Rescue in the Mediterranean

DATE : November 14, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

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Umbrella Foundation Ball

DATE : November 7, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Umbrella Foundation Ball Our collegues at The Umbrella Foundation are holding a fundraising ball to assist with their organisation transistion as it phases out its work in Nepal. Heres Umbrella in their own words: Umbrella will phase out its work in Nepal, having succeeded in our original mission of supporting 411 vulnerable children, Umbrella will […]

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VIDEO: Heineken in Africa : #FirstWeds Conversation with Olivier van Beemen

DATE : November 7, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

VIDEO: Heineken in Africa : #FirstWeds Conversation with Olivier van Beemen For our November #FirstWeds we were delighted to have Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen to talked to Patrick Marren from the Department of International Development at Maynooth University, about his book “Heineken in Africa” For Heineken, ‘rising Africa’ is already a reality: the profits […]

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Search and Rescue activists drop into Comhlámh ahead of Frontline Witness event.

DATE : November 6, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Search and Rescue activists drop into Comhlámh ahead of Frontline Witness event. Comhlámh staff were only to pleased to take the opportunity to show solidarity with search and rescue activists, ahead of the Frontline Witness event this week. We were joined over lunchtime by Anabel Montes from Open Arms and Joby Fox from from Refugee […]

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Focus Podcast: Rethinking the divide between international and community development

DATE : November 5, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Focus Podcast: Rethinking the divide between International and Community Development Focus has a chat with Dr Eilish Dillon, exploring some of the ideas, assumptions and practices underpinning much of the work of the international development sector in Ireland and elsewhere. We explore the problematic and artificial divide between community and international development that has evolved […]

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Comhlámh shortlisted for a Good Governance Award

DATE : October 22, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh shortlisted for a Good Governance Award We are delighted to be nominated for a Good Governance Award connected for our 2019 Annual Report. Our strategic plan 2018-2021 laid out our values and one of these was Legitimacy: “At a time of great questioning of the legitimacy and credibility of not-for-profit organisations, we re-commit ourselves […]

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Extinction Rebellion, Civil Disobedience & Social Change

DATE : October 17, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Extinction Rebellion, Civil Disobedience & Social Change Subscribe To Focus Podcast: Android | RSS ¦ Apple Podcast Show Info: “Civil Disobedience and Social Change” took place in the Teacher Club in Dublin a few weeks ago.  While the discussion looks at civil disobedience in the general sense, a lot of the conversation revolved around challenging preconceptions of the term as […]

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Focus Podcast: Ending Volunteering in Orphanages

DATE : October 15, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Focus Podcast: Ending Volunteering in Orphanages It is estimated that around 80% of children and young people living in orphanages and other institutional settings, have at least one parent alive.  It is known now that institutional living is really damaging for children and young people.  They are more vulnerable to abuse and very often forced […]

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Blocking of Opposition Bills is troubling

DATE : October 8, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Blocking of Opposition Bills is troubling Sir, – In recent months, the Government has faced growing criticism over its use of the “money message” device to veto Opposition legislation. Nearly all Opposition Bills with majority support in Dáil Éireann have been blocked in this manner, and it raises serious questions for how our democracy functions. […]

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Heineken in Africa: Nov #FirstWeds

DATE : October 2, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Heineken in Africa: Our November First Weds We are delighted to have investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen to speak about his book “Heineken in Africa” for our November #FirstWeds Where: Teachers Club, 12 Parnell Square West When: 6th Nov. 7-8.30pm Facebook event here. For Heineken, ‘rising Africa’ is already a reality: the profits it extracts […]

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‘Where do I start?’ online course

DATE : September 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Dates: Thursday 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th November 2019 ‘This course is well organised and presented. I loved the opportunity to contribute and to hear others’ Are you thinking about volunteering internationally? Are you unsure about where to start? Are you wondering about whether it is a good thing to do? Or maybe you are […]

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Our new online course on ethical communication is almost here!

DATE : September 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Our new online course on ethical communication is almost here! Thinking about or preparing to volunteer internationally? Interested in reading (and communicating) our increasingly image and news saturated world more skilfully? We’re delighted to say that our new E-TICK e-learning platform on ethical communication is almost here! A collaborative effort between Društvo Humanitas (Slovenia), Zavod […]

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Psychosocial resilience: sustainable activism and building resilience

DATE : September 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Psychosocial resilience: sustainable activism and building resilience In May, I took part in a 10-day training up the Pyrenees Mountains in Catalonia. The training was called ‘Regenerative Activism.’ A new partner of Comhlámh called Ulex ran it. Ulex is the Latin for gorse. A thorny evergreen shrub that is extremely adaptive and resilient. It cannot […]

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FirstWeds: Civil Disobedience and Social Change.

DATE : September 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

FirstWeds: Civil Disobedience and Social Change In a society and world of overlapping crisis, ecological and political, what role does civil disobedience have to play? With increasing numbers of people feeling that formal politics is exacerbating growing inequality and injustice, can civil disobedience be harnessed as collective action? We are kicking off a new season […]

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New Erasmus+ project starts this October

DATE : September 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

New Erasmus+ project starts this October We’re excited to announce a new project that’s starting this October, which will enable Comhlámh to develop our work with civil society organisations who are supporting migrants arriving in crisis situations in Europe.  Funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme, the project involves organisations from Greece, Italy […]

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Comhlámh’s Access to Medicines: Corbyns proposals “major moment in a wave of reform”

DATE : September 25, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh’s Access to Medicines: Corbyns proposals “major moment in a wave of reform” Comhlámh member group ‘Access To Medicines’ have welcomed proposals set out by the UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.  At the annual party conference Corbyn launched Labour’s plans to “public health before private profit” aiming to challenge rampant profiteering and inequality around […]

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Focus Podcast: Ethical Living and Social Change

DATE : September 23, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Focus Podcast: Ethical Living and Social Change If you want to keep up to date with Focus podcasts, be sure and subscribe via you favourite podcast app. Please share and like to. Give us a rating and some comments if you really like (or maybe not) what we are covering on Focus. It helps others […]

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Culture Night 2019

DATE : September 17, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Culture Night 2019 Ireland Says Welcome @ Comhlámh “Following the great success of the human library and music from Kaleidoscope Collective at Culture Night last year we are delighted to announce our entertainment for Culture Night 2019! We look forward to welcoming both return visitors and new faces to Culture Night at Comhlamh, Parliament St, […]

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Nepal Day 2019

DATE : September 11, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Nepal Day 2019 Comhlamh attended Nepal Day over the weekend just past. This from Ruth Powell. We had a terrific time at Farmleigh Sunday with the Nepal Ireland Society celebrating Nepal day and talking about #volopsThere was a lovely atmosphere, some wonderful dances and music and of course, great people – thank you for the invite Nepal Ireland Society – […]

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Project Officer, Sustaining Civic Responses to Migration (Erasmus+)

DATE : September 10, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Project Officer, Sustaining Civic Responses to Migration (Erasmus+) Job Description Job Title: Sustaining Civic Responses to Migration – Project Officer Reports to: Programme Manager Location: 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2 Comhlámh is a member organisation that works to mobilise for an equitable and sustainable world. As the Irish association of development workers and volunteers, Comhlámh promotes […]

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IC4LOP Launch

DATE : September 10, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

IC4LOP Launch On June 21st, we held the launch event for our latest Erasmus+ funded project, ‘International Citizens for Local Perspectives’ (IC4LOP).  We were delighted to host over 50 representatives of migrant support organisations, volunteer sending agencies, and other national organisations in Wood Quay for a very engaged programme.  The project aims to create innovative […]

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Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2019

DATE : September 5, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Dates for the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2019 have been confirmed When: Saturday 9th November 2019. 11am-4pm Where: Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle Come along if you would like to meet returned volunteers and staff from more than 35 volunteer sending agencies.  Come along if you would like to participate in interactive workshops and hear from people […]

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Massive Attack Remix for Extinction Rebellion short.

DATE : August 29, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The Deliberate Rebellion is a short film commissioned by Extinction Rebellion UK and made by All Hands On. The film examines Extinction Rebellion’s demand that Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.  The film is directed and produced by ex-Reuters reporter Patrick Chalmers. Music […]

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Supporting Returned Volunteers and Young Migrants to Work for Global Justice: Cork

DATE : August 12, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh would like to invite you to an information day about our new Erasmus+ funded project, ‘International Citizens for Local Perspectives’.Join us to: Examine how we can develop connections between young return international volunteers and young migrants from the global south to develop global justice action projects; Learn more about a new app that’s mapping integration […]

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Comhlámh Global Trade Justice Course 2019

DATE : August 6, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

When : Thursday evenings 18:30 – 21:30pm 16th Sep – 24th Oct 2019 Where: Comhlámh offices, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2. Book Your Place Places are limited and fill fairly quickly so click Here This course is open to anyone interested in learning about the impact of international trade on the global economy. Are you […]

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Supporting Returned Volunteers and Young Migrants to Work for Global Justice

DATE : August 6, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh would like to invite you to an information day about our new Erasmus+ funded project, ‘International Citizens for Local Perspectives’.Join us to: Examine how we can develop connections between young return international volunteers and young migrants from the global south to develop global justice action projects; Learn more about a new app that’s mapping integration […]

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Comhlámh’s friend Maurice Hurley is looking for fellow cyclists to join him on a fundraising cycle.

DATE : July 29, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

“Myself and some friends in ATD Ireland (All Together in Dignity) are organising the Dublin to Paris cycle for a few reasons. Officially we are raising awareness about the SDG’s or as I prefer to call them “The 17 Global Goals” which basically aim to eradicate extreme poverty everywhere, make the world a fairer place […]

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Three events tomorrow night you should know about!

DATE : July 16, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Three events on Wednesday 17th July that our members and supporters might be interested in. In our own offices, MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland are hosting an open conference planning meeting.  MASI are having its first conference in Liberty Hall on Saturday 5th October  “marking five years since we first came together in […]

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Direct Provision Explainer: The journey of people seeking asylum in Ireland

DATE : June 20, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

To coincide with World Refugee Day 2019 Comhlámh’s ‘Ireland Says Welcome’ group would like to share this Direct Provision Explainer to highlight some of the continuing issues with Ireland’s system for accommodating people seeking asylum in this country. This one page graphic is a resource to help people fill in any gaps they may have […]

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