Posted by: comconcord | May 5, 2009

Activities in Ireland

ireland1Dóchas, the Irish Association of Development NGOs, is organising a series of public debates in occasion of the 2009 EU Elections campaign.

These debates with MEP candidates will take place in different cities to discuss overseas development. They will offer important opportunities to set out MEP candidates’ stall on development policy issues, as well as related areas such as trade, climate change, foreign policy and human rights.

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The following debates have been planned:

  • 12 May, in Maynooth;
  • 13 May, in Cork;
  • 14 May, in Galway;
  • 15 May, in Dublin.

Sign up the petition the Taoiseach to keep Ireland’s promise to the world’s poor : Over the past four months the Irish Government has cut overseas aid spending by €195 million, that’s more than 21% of the overall budget. This is not in keeping with the Irish government’s promise to protect the poorest and most vulnerable people.  The poorest are being hit the hardest by the current economic climate, overseas aid levels need to increase, not fall in these uncertain times. It is vital that you badger the Taoiseach today to ensure Ireland’s overseas aid programme continues to make a real difference in the lives of millions of poor people worldwide.  Tearfund Ireland has asked Superbadger users to join them and badger the Irish government to keep its promise to protect the poorest and most vulnerable people.  Simply go to http://apps.facebook.com/superbadger and you can send a message directly to the Taoiseach. You can make a difference!

30 April – 31 July: Oxfam Ireland Photo Exhibition ‘Cheka Kidogo’: Cheka Kidogo (Swahili for ‘laugh a little’) is the title of an exhibition by fashion photographer Rankin which will take place in Wolfe Tone Park (beside the Jervis Centre) and O’Connell St (opposite the GPO) from 30 April to 31 July. Rankin travelled with Oxfam to a refugee camp in Eastern Congo and the images he took paint a fascinating portrait of life for the survivors of the ongoing conflict in the Congo. For more details visit www.oxfamireland.org/drc.Africa day

By 22 May: Join the Cairo to Cape Town Challenge and raise funds for Link Community Development: This Africa Day, cross the Continent of Africa, without leaving your own yard and raise money for schools or clubs and for schools in Africa.  On or before 22 May, schools and clubs all over Ireland will be keeping fit and fundraising in aid of Link Community Development.  Schools or clubs may retain 15% of the total funds raised and will be in with chance of winning fantastic prizes.  Register a school or club for free by emailing info@lcd.ie or texting “CCC” to 087 9697623 with your name and school/club contact details.  Each school/club will receive a pack of materials, including an Interactive Map of Africa to complete the cross-continental Challenge on the big day.  For every EURO raised schools will cover a kilometre on the map.  Join in and help us get to Cape Town! Further information available at www.mycharity.ie/event/cairotocapetown or from Liz Golding, Link Community Development: liz@lcdireland.org.

7 May: Comhlámh Volunteer Advice Service, 5-7 pm in Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre,  27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. For more information please contact Kate Byron, E: kate@comhlamh.org.

8 May; Conference on”Neutrality in a European Context”: 6 – 8 pm, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Open Public Meeting organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics and the Peace Committee of Quaker Dublin Monthly Meeting. Information available from T: 01-679 3279, M: 087-947 4459.

9 May: Conference on “Neutrality and Irish identity:  lessons from international experience”: 9 am – 4 pm, Irish School of Ecumenics, Bea House, Milltown Park, Dublin 6.  The seminar, organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics and the Peace Committee of Quaker Dublin Monthly Meeting, will discuss the current state of Irish neutrality in its European context.  Speakers will include Senator Deirdre de Burca, Professor Ivana Bacik, Dr Noel Dorr and Professor John Maguire.  Places limited so please RSVP to smccrum@eircom.net, T: 01-679 3279, M: 087-947 4459.

9 May: Family Days for young children, 10.30 am – 12 noon. As part of its activities for Africa Day and its focus on African culture in May, Irish Aid is running African storytelling and crafts workshops for children aged 4-10 years in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.  Workshops, which are free of charge, will take place at 10.30 and 12 noon on each Saturday in May.  Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.  Booking essential. For more information: irishaidcentre@dfa.ie or click here.

10-16 May: Christian Aid Week 2009: Join the Christian Aid supporters all around Ireland who help Christian aid change the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities, and make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty around the world.  To find out more, or to receive a free event resource pack, please contact Christian Aid Ireland: Dublin: 01 6110801, dublin@christian-aid.org, Belfast@christian-aid.org; cork@christian-aid.org.

11 May: Meet the Candidates: The European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland will hold a series of Nationwide Training Workshops and Debates in advance of the European Parliament Elections on 5 June. The events provide training on European issues as well as an opportunity to meet the candidates in your constituency and ask them about their policies and strategies to tackle social issues.  The Welcome Inn, Castlebar: European Training (11 am – 1 pm); Lunch (1 – 2 pm); Meet the Candidates (2-4 pm).

12 May: Meet the Candidates: The European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland will hold a series of Nationwide Training Workshops and Debates in advance of the European Parliament Elections on 5 June. The events provide training on European issues as well as an opportunity to meet the candidates in your constituency and ask them about their policies and strategies to tackle social issues. NUI, Maynooth (In association with Trócaire): 10 am – 12.30 pm European Training; 1 pm Lunch and meet the Candidates.

12 May: Dóchas is hosting a Public Debate with MEP candidates on “the Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs”. From 1.00 – 2.30 pm, Callan Hall, South Campus, NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare.  Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email skennedy@trocaire.ie, T: 021 42756221 or 01 5053218.

12 May: Dóchas/Trócaire Public Debates with MEP candidates on the theme “Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs” from 1.00 – 2.30 pm, Callan Hall, South Campus, NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare.  Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email skennedy@trocaire.ie.

13 May: Dóchas is hosting a Public Debate with MEP candidates on “the Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs”. From 12.30 – 2 pm, Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork.  Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email skennedy@trocaire.ie, T: 021 42756221 or 01 5053218.

13 May: Conference on “Maternal mortality and the MDGs”, 11 am – 1 pm, Morgan Hotel, Fleet Street, Dublin 2.  The IFPA is hosting a meeting for members of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Consortium and Dóchas, at which Dr Grace Kondindo, a leading advocate on the subject, will talk about the importance of maternal health and rights in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The event will feature the screening of a documentary on maternal mortality in Chad, followed by a discussion. For further information or to register please contact Meghan@ifpa.ie.

13 May: Concern Debates Final: 7 pm sharp, Astra Hall, Students’ Centre, UCD.  Chair: Tom Dunne, Newstalk.  Please RSVP by 8 May to Evanna, Grainne or Lucy, Concern, T: 01 4177733, E: debates@concern.net.

13 May: Dóchas/Trócaire Public Debates with MEP candidates on the theme “Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs” from 12.30 – 2 pm, Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork.  Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email skennedy@trocaire.ie.

13 May: Meet the Candidates: The European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland will hold a series of Nationwide Training Workshops and Debates in advance of the European Parliament Elections on 5 June. The events provide training on European issues as well as an opportunity to meet the candidates in your constituency and ask them about their policies and strategies to tackle social issues.Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street, Cork: European Training (11 am – 1 pm); Lunch (1 – 2.30 pm); Meet the Candidates (2.30-4 pm).

14 May: Meet the Candidates: The European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland will hold a series of Nationwide Training Workshops and Debates in advance of the European Parliament Elections on 5 June. The events provide training on European issues as well as an opportunity to meet the candidates in your constituency and ask them about their policies and strategies to tackle social issues.European Parliament Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2:  (11 am – 1 pm); Lunch (1 – 2 pm); (2-4 pm).

14 May: What’s doing?: 6.30 – 8.30 pm, GAF Youth Café, Galway. Organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) this event will showcase positive examples of intercultural youth work projects. It will target youth workers and will give them a chance to learn directly from other youth work organisations about how the intercultural projects were conceived, planned and implemented, what challenges arose and how they were overcome. The events will highlight the practicalities of intercultural youth work, and the main focus of the evening will be small sessions of Question & Answers led by the 5 project managers with a maximum of 10 participants in each. Participants should be willing to have an active role in the group sessions and come with clear questions to be put forward. Attendance is free but registration is essential. To register, please contact Elaine on elainem@nyci.ie.aidwatch-closeup

14 May: launch of CONCORD AidWatch report on the reality of aid Dóchas will send out a press release to the national media.  

14 May: Dóchas launch a press release on “Development NGOs call for a vote for justice: MEP candidates urged to tackle global poverty

15 May : Dóchas will launch its development agenda for Irish MEPs: There is Power in the Parliament – 10 ways Irish MEPs can Make a Difference for Development in the next parliamentary term: More : http://www.dochas.ie/resources21.htm

15 May: Press release of Dóchas: 6 out of 7 Dublin MEP candidates support legislation for aid target. Read more: www.dochas.ie/documents/MEP_candidates_call_for_new_approaches_to_global_poverty.pdf

15 May: Meet the Candidates (11 am – 12.30 pm): Unison, 165 Galway House, York Street, Belfast:  European Training (10 – 11 am);.  Please note that if you wish to attend this event you should contact the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network at patricia@niapn.org.

15 May: Environmental Sustainability and the Millennium Development Goals: A Short Film and Discussion: 11.15 am – 12.45 pm, Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.  The Water Diary, directed by Jane Campion, will be shown followed by a panel discussion featuring Bruce Misstear and Laurence Gill, TCD Department of Environmental Engineering,  Niamh Garvey, Trócaire, Dr. Tara Shine, Consultant to Irish Aid, and Barra Roantre, TCD Student of Economics and Politics.  This session is part of a morning symposium which will feature an address from Dr. Mary Robinson on Climate Justice at 9.30 am. which forms part of the Trinity Week programme of events on the theme of ‘Energy and Sustainability’. Full details available at http://www.tcd.ie/trinityweek/friday/ and www.tcd.ie/tidi.

15 May:  Dóchas/Trócaire Public Debates with MEP candidates on the theme “Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs” from 10 am – 12 noon at the European Parliament Office in Ireland, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email anna@dochas.ie.

15 May: Public Debate with MEP candidates on the Role of Europe in Development: The Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Overseas Development will meet on 7 May at 11.30 am in Conference Room 3, LH2000, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.  Public Session: Review of Ireland’s Development Aid Programme in Mozambique [H.E. Frank Sheridan, Ambassador of Ireland to Mozambique and Mr Seamus Collins, Mozambique Programme Manager, Trócaire].  If you plan to attend please email your details to foreignaffairs@oireachtas.ie as soon as possible.

15 May: Dóchas is hosting a Public Debate with MEP candidates on “the Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs”. Journalist Fintan O’Toole will host a Questions & Answers type discussion.  Sylvia Borren, co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), will speak on the importance of the European Parliament for Development.

During the event Dóchas will launch its development agenda for Irish MEPs: “There is Power in the Parliament – 10 ways the EU can Make a Difference for Development in the next parliamentary term” and Election candidates will be invited to set out their stalls on vital development issues. From 10 am – 12 noon at the European Parliament Office in Ireland, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email anna@dochas.ie

16 May: Family Days for young children, 10.30 am – 12 noon. As part of its activities for Africa Day and its focus on African culture in May, Irish Aid is running African storytelling and crafts workshops for children aged 4-10 years in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.  Workshops, which are free of charge, will take place at 10.30 and 12 noon on each Saturday in May.  Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.  Booking essential. For more information: irishaidcentre@dfa.ie or click here.

16 May: VSO Volunteering Information Seminar, 2 pm in Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 31 Upper O’Connell Street, Further information from Deirdre Finlay, T: 01 8147073, E: deirdre.finlay@vso.ie.  See E(6) above for further information.

16 May: VSO information seminar in Dublin for people interested in volunteering: 2 pm, Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. VSO is currently recruiting teachers, business people, health workers, fundraisers and NGO managers to work in Africa and Asia.  VSO supports volunteers in-country where they work amongst on long-term placements so they make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to development.  Further information from Deirdre Finlay: deirdre.finlay@vso.ie.

16 May: Africa Day Celebrations:Africa Night with Talking Drum: and Special Guests; 8-11 pm (doors open at 7.30 on), South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick.  Tickets: €10. For further information and/or tickets please contact the Africa Centre: Rebecca@africacentre.ie. Details also available at www.africacentre.ie.EURO DOCHAS 2 (1)

18 May: A group of schoolchildren from Griffeen Valley Educate Together, Lucan, Co. Dublin challenge MEP candidates to ‘tackle global poverty’ with a giant rugby ball. Drawing inspiration from Ireland’s first rugby Grand Slam win in 61 years – and Leinster seeking their first Heineken Cup win – development agencies and their supporters used the meeting to call on European candidates to line out for development and tackle global poverty.

19 May: “New Realities – New Opportunities” is the theme of the Wheel’s Annual Conference, to take place in the Croke Park Conference Centre.  This year’s conference will focus on the challenges facing Ireland’s charities, particularly in the context of the deteriorating economic climate, and will feature contributions from a host of local and international experts on community and voluntary activity.  The conference will incorporate the Wheel’s AGM and 10th anniversary celebration.  For further information or to book your place please visit http://www.wheel.ie/conference or contact The Wheel: anthony@wheel.ie.

 

20 May: “ Civil Society: Enabling Dissent”: 6-8.30 pm, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle.  Wine & Canapés reception at 6pm.  Discussion starts at 6.30pm sharp. The Carnegie UK Trust Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies are delighted to invite you to an event to explore the role of civil society associations in creating and supporting spaces for dissenting voices, both in Ireland and globally.  Places at this event are limited. For further information or to book a place please email Catherine Moloney at catherine@carnegieuk.org or call + 44 (0) 207 7856570 by 13 May. To find out more about the Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society please visit www.futuresforcivilsociety.org.

21 May:  Dóchas/Trócaire Public Debates with MEP candidates on the theme “Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs” from 6 – 7.30 pm, Harbour Hotel, New Docks Road, Galway City.  Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email skennedy@trocaire.ie.

21 May: Dóchas is hosting a Public Debate with MEP candidates on “the Making Europe Work for Development – An Agenda for Irish MEPs”. From 6 – 7.30 pm, Harbour Hotel, New Docks Road, Galway City.  Places limited – advance registration essential.  To register please email skennedy@trocaire.ie.

23 May: Family Days for young children, 10.30 am – 12 noon. As part of its activities for Africa Day and its focus on African culture in May, Irish Aid is running African storytelling and crafts workshops for children aged 4-10 years in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.  Workshops, which are free of charge, will take place at 10.30 and 12 noon on each Saturday in May.  Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.  Booking essential. For more information: irishaidcentre@dfa.ie or click here.

23 May: Comhlámh AGM & Development Forum 2009: 10 am, National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.  Theme: The Impact of the Global Economic Crises on Development. Keynote Speakers:  Benedicta Attoh, Former Chairperson of the Africa Centre; David McNair, Senior Economic Justice Advisor, Christian Aid.  Workshops: Justice not just Aid (Nessa Ní Chasaide, Debt & Development Coalition); The Impact of the ODA Cuts (Éamonn Casey, Dóchas); The Role of Development Education in the Current Climate (Mathias Fielder, IDEA); Returned Development Workers – how to stay engaged and tackle Global Poverty from Ireland (Ronan Moore, Comhlámh Board Member).  Register via email at agm@comhlamh.org.

23 May: Concert with the Zoblazo King ‘Meiway’ and special guests on 23 May from 7-11 pm in the National Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tickets: Buy now at €15, €20 on the night at the door.  For further information and/or tickets please contact the Africa Centre, E: Rebecca@africacentre.ie. Details also available at www.africacentre.ie.

24 May: Irish Aid family celebrations in the grounds of Limerick City Hall on 17 May and at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2. For regular updates on the programme of activities and line up for these and on other planned events in celebration of Africa Day 2009 please go to www.irishaid.gov.ie/africaday.

25 May:  Africa Day: Please click here for an overview of Africa Day events around the country.

25 May: Africa – Moving Forward: 3.30 – 5.30pm (refreshments from 3pm), Synge Theatre, Ground Floor, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.  The Group of African Ambassadors in Ireland in collaboration with the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) and the Institute of International Integration Studies (IIIS) at Trinity College invite you to celebrate Africa Day.  Details available from E: sglavey@tcd.ie or by visiting  www.tcd.ie/tidi, or www.tcd.ie/iiis.

26-28 May: Diverse Designs – an exploration of the role of design in promoting cultural diversity -Dublin.  Prominent Iranian graphic designer, Reza Abedini, and Irish designer Paul Hughes, will take part.  Events will include a day long workshop aimed at graphic designers and NGO communications managers, particularly those from organisations dealing with culturally diverse audiences and clients.  There will also be a launch of Abedini’s work at Design Factory, and a talk on his work at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin.  To book please email elaine@icad.ie.  The initiative is programmed as a partnership between Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, Design Factory and ICAD (The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design) and supported by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands. Full programme at www.create-ireland.ie.

28 May: From the Margins to the Centre:  Protecting People Most at Risk of HIV:, 9.30 am – 1 pm, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12.  Seminar organised by the Kimmage Development Studies Centre in collaboration with Dtalk.  Speakers: Áine Costigan & Willis Omondi Odek.  For further information or to register please contact Eilish Dillon, E: eilish.dillon@kimmagedsc.ie, T: 01 4064384, or Selam Desta, E:  selam.desta@kimmagedsc.ie, T: 01 4064341.

28-29 May: Conference:Effectiveness in Development Education and Awareness Raising

30 May: Family Days for young children, 10.30 am – 12 noon. As part of its activities for Africa Day and its focus on African culture in May, Irish Aid is running African storytelling and crafts workshops for children aged 4-10 years in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.  Workshops, which are free of charge, will take place at 10.30 and 12 noon on each Saturday in May.  Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.  Booking essential. For more information: irishaidcentre@dfa.ie or click here.

30 May: Power concedes nothing without demand is the theme of the 2009 Afri Famine Walk from Doolough to Louisburgh, Co Mayo on, beginning at 2 pm.  Walk Leaders: Willie and Mary Corduff (Erris), Philip Ikurusi (Niger Delta) and Gary Whitedeer (Choctaw) with Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha fox performing a short extract from the writings of Frederick Douglass.  Further information available here or from Afri at 01 882 7581 or afri@iol.ie.

23 June: After 2015: Promoting Pro-Poor Policy After the MDGs: 9 am, Residence Palace, Brussels.  Organised by DFID, DSA, EADI and ActionAid, this high level Policy Forum seeks to address the following questions: What has been the impact on poverty reduction of the MDG paradigm?; What are the major global processes shaping development up to 2015 and beyond (i.e. the global market volatility and crisis, climate change, demographic change, technology, new policy actors and institutions, etc.) and what will be the impacts of such processes on poverty reduction up to and beyond the MDGs?; and How can we promote pro-poor policy after the MDGs and amid global changes, some of which mediate in favour of the poor, many not?.  Places are very limited, so registration is essential. Please register your interest in attending by sending an email to admin@devstud.org.uk giving your full name, email address, organisational affiliation and position. Attendance will be confirmed by email.

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For more information, contact the national platform:

Dóchas: The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations: 12 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, Ireland -  Tel. +353 1 4053801 -  Website: http://www.dochas.ie

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