Author: Allen Meagher

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Allen Meagher is the founding editor of 'Changing Ireland'. Linkedin:

Support communities to help refugees with 1% corporations war tax

There should be a war tax (eg 1%) imposed on corporations earning profits of over €1m to help finance communities to support refugees.
Ireland thankfully opened its doors to take in war refugees from Ukraine and the response from Irish people has been fantastic, but this could run for years.
We are a rich country partly because multi-nationals are attracted here by low corporation taxes and the space provided for “tax efficiency”. Now we are in an emergency and those who can afford to pay more tax should do so.

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Red Cross too slow: Irish farmer hosting Ukrainian refugees on why others should do the same

‘Changing Ireland’ has followed a Kildare family over the weeks and now months as they have taken in refugees. A few others in the area have done likewise, but Matt – a dairy farmer in his early 50s – was the first to move and the first to take in refugees in his locality. He acknowledges other hosts might need cash, but said: “It would change it. That’s not why we are doing this.”

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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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