Author: Allen Meagher

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Allen Meagher is the founding editor of 'Changing Ireland'. Linkedin: https://ie.linkedin.com/in/allen-meagher-33a1601a

Communities minister calls for Covid-like spirited response as refugees arrive

A new style ‘Community Call’ is all but certain after Joe O’Brien, Minister of State with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, met earlier today with over 150 leaders from the community and voluntary sector and local government.

He called for the same “spirit” that was evident in the response to the pandemic at community and national level. As a start, the Department of Rural and Community Development has given a “commitment to allow flexibility in [community] schemes and programmes so people are freed up to work with new arrivals”.

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Facebook is suppressing news about anti-racism & community activism

Facebook is suppressing video news about community groups who engage in anti-racism work and who support vulnerable young people and older people, unemployment people, migrants and Travellers.

The same organisation that claims to take online hate seriously is blocking inoffensive news about grassroots organisations who are busy tackling discrimination and hate on the ground.

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Chuffed campaigners claim 100% success for Navan schoolbus

Students from Windtown, Navan, Co, Meath, who previously struggled to reach school on a daily basis in all weathers, met last Monday with community minister Joe O’Brien and officials to highlight the value of their unique urban schoolbus and to call for ongoing support.
Five of the six pupils who met the minister are now doing their Leaving Cert and all were described as “very motivated” with solid career aspirations and plans for the future.

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