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“Ireland’s response to the refugee crisis has been shameful - from the long term incarceration of children and adults in Direct Provision, to the pitiful response by Government offering asylum to just 4,000 people - of which only 10 Syrian refugees have been received so far.”
It has been a busy 12 months at the ballot boxes – General Elections in Ireland and Britain, a landmark vote to introduce same-sex marriage in the Republic. Each has been noteworthy, historic, and in some cases seismic but, as Insider has noted for some time, the biggest electoral event facing Ireland in 2016 is Britain's upcoming EU membership referendum on June 23.
Following a busy season of workshops on migration and refugees with Mayo’s secondary schools, The Mary Robinson Centre has announced an exciting programme of events for the summer, with equality, peace, and human rights at the heart of these events.
TDs, councillors, and locals defied harsh weather conditions to attend the official opening of the 1916 Garden of Remembrance at Burgess Park last Saturday.
Galwegians Senior XV have a chance to claim silverware this season when they meet Cork Constitution in the final of the Bateman Cup in an action-packed afternoon at Crowley Park on Saturday (12.45pm).
Padraic McKeon, a retired primary principal teacher from Mayo has departed for Uganda to begin his third volunteer placement with VSO Ireland, the international development organisation that fights poverty through volunteers. Padraic will use his professional skills and experience to volunteer as a teacher educator in the Karamoja region where he will be involved in capacity building for pre-service tutors and students in preparation for school practice.
The symbolic emigrant ‘Light’ that shone in the window in Áras an Uachtaráin when Mary Robinson was President of Ireland is now on display at the Migrant Women: Shared Experiences exhibition at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.
The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on mental health, disability and special needs and General Election candidate for Galway East Colm Keaveney has said that disability inclusion will be a priority for Fianna Fáil if elected to run the country.
For as long as Insider can remember, early January was the time for our one major storm in Galway, but since November we have had nine such storms. Met Éireann has even begun devising names for future storms. It is a sign of the times to come.
An Irish development charity has launched a novel Lenten appeal that can also help households with their spring cleaning.