Monday, March 28, 2011
"It's not all about the horses," says Adeline O'Brien of Cherry Orchard Equine Centre. Watch our 2 min interview with Adeline here:
The project is 8 years old, caters for 650 young people from Ballyfermot and is part-funded through the Local and Community Development Programme.
'CHANGING IRELAND's Allen Meagher was interviewed about the anti-Traveller Facebook sites on Radio Kerry this morning. Click here for a listen (6 mins): http://www.changingireland.ie/RadioKerryInterviewRacistSites.m4a
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
BY ALLEN MEAGHER
Gardaí have confirmed that a file has been sent to the DPP in relation to the posting of racist material online by a man from Kerry.
“Promote The Use Of Knacker Babies As Bait” was set up by four men in their 20s and 30s from Killarney, two of whom worked at the time in the tourism industry. The file sent to the DPP is in relation to the ringleader and Gardai have not ruled out the possibility that others including Facebook Inc. which hosted the site may face charges.
Community workers in the Republic and Northern Ireland campaigned for weeks before the site and two others – which had garnered a fan-base of close to 10,000 over a year-long period – were removed last July by Facebook.
Sergeant Dave McInerney from the Garda Racial and Intercultural Office in Dublin confirmed the matter had been under investigation for some months and that a file in relation to one of the sites has now been sent to the DPP.
“No arrests were made but a number of individuals were questioned by Gardaí in Killarney as the file was being prepared. We received calls about the racist sites from all around the country,” he said.
He confirmed that if the case goes ahead, it will mark the first time that anyone is brought before the courts for publishing online racism.
Among those who filed the original complaints were members of Pavee Point, the Kerry Travellers Development Group and the Waterford Travellers Development Project. Each project is part of the Local and Community Development Programme which is committed to promoting equality and social inclusion and to challenging discrimination.
Pavee Point handed over evidence including the identities of close to a dozen people behind the sites.
A Traveller woman and community activist from Co. Kerry, Mary Boyne from Killarney said at the time, “We must make it our business to see that all members of Facebook who participated in these hate sites be reported and prosecuted.”
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
- a volunteer/participant view
Helen Ring is a local parent and community volunteer with the Time Out Club in Our Lady of Lourdes/Weston, a successful pilot scheme that that could be copied by any community (there’s a template available).
She told 'Changing Ireland':
- The group named the project themselves.
- They decide at the beginning what activities they’d like to do.
- The age-range is from 20-57 and the door is open to anyone.
- It really develops your confidence.
- It’s the only new group to form in recent times in our community.
- The participants don’t pay for anything.
“There are 17 in the group now and we find it great, relaxing, a way of getting out of the house," said Helen. "It’s especially important now with the recession to get a break, it’s time out for ourselves and it’s whatever we want to do that counts.”
“Everything we do now is a one-off and we’re always trying something new, every week – anything from hairdressing lessons to canvas printing to guest-talks - it’s a youth club for grown ups,” said Helen.
One of the more unusual things the women learned how to do was to make small rocking-chairs for children.
They’ve also had a child-expert in to run a course called ‘Cool Talking’ which has done wonders for relations between mothers and their teenagers: “I’ve two teenage girls and an 11-year-old son and an older son who’s getting married soon.
“Now I’ve learned to listen and talk rather than going in screaming! One woman says her son has become tidier because of her doing that course and we’ve all become better listeners. I’d recommend this course even for young parents.”
“Every community should have a time-out club for its women. Just try it!”
Helen does so much volunteering that her neighbours think she’s got a paid job. An example of one small thing she does is every Tuesday she sends out a reminder text to parents about the Time Out Club. Small things matter!
CAPTION: Time Out Club members.