ADVOCACY

NATIONAL

MARY ROBINSON CLIMATE JUSTICE

Climate Justice is a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten – the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world.  

The Foundation provides a space for facilitating action on climate justice to empower the poorest people and countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable and people-centred development.

CyberSafeIreland is a not-for-profit organisation that works to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner. Their founders have backgrounds in cybercrime investigation, law enforcement, forensic psychology, online child protection, academia and the not-for-profit sector.  

They believe that everybody can play a role in keeping children safe online, including children themselves. Education is a key part of the solution and both schools and parents have a vital role to play in supporting children to be safe online.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

In 2006, Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin and since that day they have seen and helped over 36,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm, and established twelve subsequent centres across Ireland. 

From humble beginnings, Pieta House has grown to almost 270 therapists and administration staff.  In 2017 alone, over 7,000 people came through our doors suffering from suicidal ideation and/or engaging in self-harm, or to avail of suicide bereavement counselling.

As it has been from day one, everything is free of charge and their staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. 

THE IRISH IMMIGRANT SUPPORT CENTRE

NASC is the Irish word for “link”.  Nasc works to link migrants and ethnic minorities to their rights through protecting human rights, promoting integration and campaigning for change.

Their mission is to enable migrants and ethnic minorities to access justice and human rights and work to achieve a just, inclusive and equal society.

NASC works for an inclusive society based on the principles of human rights, social justice and equality.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. They work in more than 190 countries to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Providing education, health care, immunisation, nutritionwater & sanitationchild protection and emergency relief. They also work in Ireland, advocating for children, educating and empowering young people.  UNICEF Ireland is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. 

Médecins Sans Frontières also known in English as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation (NGO) of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. The vast majority of staff are volunteers. 

Founded to save lives and speak out, Doctors Without Borders has helped tens of millions of people since 1971. The 13 founders have grown to over 37,000 staff on the front lines of emergency medical aid.  They are a global movement with 36,000 staff across 65 countries. Discover how they respond to emergencies and manage the network here:  https://www.msf.ie/     

Trócaire was established by Brian McKeown with the support of Bishop Eamon Casey in Ireland in 1973, as a way for Irish people to donate to the development and emergency relief overseas.

Their dual mandate is to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland.

Trócaire works today with local and church partners to support communities in over 20 developing countries with a focus on food and resource rights, women’s empowerment and humanitarian response.

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.  From the continued momentum of the #metoomovement, to numerous new laws on violence towards women, to the first world leader taking maternity leave:  read UN Women Year in Review here: 

Year in Review 2018

RURAL BROADBAND

As Ireland pursues a vision of optimal employment,   the word on everyone’s lips in rural Ireland is broadband or lack of it!

A project to roll out fibre broadband to every home in the country has been the commitment of the Government for many years. While much of the country has been covered by commercial operators, more remote and areas deemed uneconomic for telecom companies to build infrastructure in, therefore the Government has promised to step in.  The National Broadband Plan (NBP) has been plagued by delays, controversies and logjams, well documented in the media.

The Government has reiterated its commitment to building the network, but it has come in for some criticism because the State will not own the network once it is built.  Richard Bruton has yet to provide a timeline for the rollout of high-speed broadband to over 540,000 homes and businesses across the country.

“Now that we’re approaching full employment, we need to be a bit smarter and a bit more strategic,” according to the Taoiseach Varadkar ahead of the Future Jobs 2019 strategy unveiled in November 2019.  

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:

Today’s school children will be doing jobs that don’t currently exist. At the same time our planet is under pressure from climate change and other challenges.  New forms of energy, transport and food production will transform industries, companies and jobs. Future Jobs is about positioning us now to embrace these big changes. 

The Future Jobs strategy sets out longer-term ambitions for the future of the economy, taking account of the challenges facing us, then translating these into a small number of impactful and deliverable actions which can be taken on an annual basis, starting in 2019. There will be accountability for the delivery of these actions, overseen personally by me and by my Department. The next few decades will involve great change and opportunity.  If Ireland is to adapt to and continue to thrive, we must start preparing now for tomorrow’s economy.”

These are laudable goals for sure and they centre on the jobs of the future. But, crucially, we need to be now thinking of the Irish workforce of the future and what optimal employment could look like.   Any vision for the future of work and employment must extend to the regions, not just the cities.  The surrounding regions, rural towns and villages must to be embraced and nurtured under this new Future Jobs Strategy. 

The timing of Varadkar’s vision for viable employment couldn’t have been better because earlier in 2019,  a group of passionate individuals in regional Ireland showed they were already thinking smart and outside the box with the establishment of the Grow Remote movement.

This movement aims to capitalise on the emergence of community workspaces across Ireland, joined together by the sinews of fibre broadband being deployed to make remote working a viable reality in regional Ireland.

Across Ireland, broadband-powered hubs – such Ireland’s first one-gigabyte town Skibbereen and the showcase Ludgate Hub in Cork, the Building Block in Sligo or the Kells Tech Hub in Meath, to name a few – are popping up and making the option of working remotely and starting up businesses, right where you are, more appealing.   There is no reason why these models can not be rolled out to our towns, large and small.  In fact, the small and beautiful village of Terryglass is hoping to become Ireland’s first 1 gigabyte village. 

The logic is simple: the more people who can work remotely, the more local communities can be enriched economically.  From an ecological perspective, it means fewer professionals clogging the roadways to cities such as Dublin or Galway. It also poses considerable merit in terms of lifestyle and overall wellbeing.  

Take a rural town like Portumna or Kinvara and examine their attractions for- a professional considering a change in lifestyle or a family considering starting a family – what do they have to offer?  Portumna, a picturesque lakeside setting with an abundance of water-based activities, an eco-forest dotted with fallow deer, foxes, red squirrels, a golf course set in a natural forest with  wild deer as your spectators.  The white tailed sea eagle, another resident, that has nested and raised chicks on an Island close to the forest park .  Kinvara, the picturesque sea port village, at the gateway to the Burren with all its many delights, already the chosen home to artists, musicians, creatives, and those wise enough to live there.

“Shovels in the ground” is the only sign of progress on rural broadband desired now by everyone in Rural Ireland” said Anne Rabbitte TD,  “this will mean we are ready to truly embrace rural Ireland as part of the Future of Work Strategy.   

 

GROW REMOTE

Grow Remote are building a national movement to connect remote workers in Ireland. 

We are in the middle of a seismic change in ways of working that opens up a whole new opportunity for a better quality of life, for remote workers and for rural Ireland 

– Tracy Keogh, Founder

The Grow Remote community consists of co-working managers, freelancers, digital nomads, remote workers, and companies who embrace remote working and who believe that all three: jobs, workers and communities need to move together to enable our communities to thrive.

The aim of Grow Remote is to uncover and build a full community around remote working and to support our remote workers or workers considering working remotely.

To do this, Grow Remote are focusing  on the following key areas:

> Infrastructure (co-working spaces, broadband, online connection platforms) 
> People (community leaders & advocates) 
> Resources (education, tools to make this local, funding, remote job positions).

For companies, attracting and retaining talent is their primary challenge. Often they struggle to recruit and retain people with the skills and knowledge they need while for remote workers, lack of a real-world community is their biggest challenge.

Many workers are isolated at home and many more would join the remote working world if they knew of the employment opportunities available.

In parallel, rural communities are suffering often due to an over-reliance on a few sectors for employment. Building a thriving remote working community in any town or village presents a great opportunity for both economic development and the social landscape of the town.

Chapters aim to bridge the gap between remote work and local impact. The chapters range from remote islands to commuter belts. Each area wants the same thing – to allow those who want to live there, to live there.

Remote Working is about choice. All chapters available at www.changex.org/growremote

 

 

THE GREEN WAY

Minister Ciaran Cannon and Deputy Anne Rabbitte and Minister Ciaran Cannon have become champions of the Green Way, working together harmoniously and tirelessly on this campaign.

Both of the Galway East Oireachtas representatives have been actively campaigning for the development of a greenway along a disused section of the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Milltown.

They have also made the case that the development of a greenway does not in any way undermine the possibility of developing a rail service if such a service is required in the future.

It takes two flints to make a fire – Louisa May Alcott

The review of the viability of Phase 2 of the Western Rail Corridor is a valuable opportunity to make the case for a greenway which would transform the economic and social life of so many towns and villages in East Galway.

This railway line has lain idle for 42 years, it’s owned by us the people, and it needs to be used for the benefit of our people. In their submission they made the case that the greatest benefit to be derived from this piece of public infrastructure right now is through the development of a greenway and they have conclusive evidence from other regions in Ireland that this benefit is very substantial and sustainable.

They also have evidence that it would be possible in the future to facilitate a greenway and rail service side by side if this became necessary.

 

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