Climate Change Recommendations

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Community, Ecology, Health, Immigrants, Natural Disaster

Trócaire strongly welcomed the recommendations from the Citizen’s Assembly to implement changes that would make Ireland a Climate Change Leader. Having worked for years at the coalface of disaster intervention, Eoghan Rice from Trócaire says that climate change has now meant that aid organisations are constantly responding to famine devastated area. In the past a […]

Reconnecting People

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Climate Change, Community, Environment

In 2015, a global conference in Paris looked at goals needing to be taken to limit global warming to “well below” 2 C. The recently published results from the Climate Change Performance Index, issued by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute showed that Ireland was the lowest performing country in the European Union. Dropping 28 places […]

Inspired by Mary

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

Comedian Breda Larkin created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company and inspiration, she interacted with people from all walks […]

The Hunger House

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Book Reviews, Community, Death, Economy

Conor Mcguire – an artist and columnist for the Western People has written a book called the “Hunger House”.  Set in Ballina, Co. Mayo, just before the Great Famine in Ireland, the book looks at the lives of people in this less well known time in Ireland. Speaking with Pat Coyle, Conor argues that this […]

500 years on from Martin Luther

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

This year is five hundred years on since the beginning of the Reformation. It was October 31st 1517 when Martin Luther first nailed his ninety-five Theses to the door of Wittenburg Church.  Fintan Lyons OSB recently wrote a book entitled, “Martin Luther – The Challenges Then and Now”. He talks about how Martin Luther was […]

The Future of Catholic Education Part 2

Posted on 02. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Education

Baroness Nuala O’Loan spoke recently at an Education Conference in Dublin, looking at the future of Catholic Education. Over two hundred stakeholders in faith schools together with educators gathered for a series of presentations from a panel of high profile speakers drawn from Ireland and Britain. At the conference Nuala defined herself as a “contradiction” […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Young people

In this two part housing special we take an in-depth look at some of the things that are moving Ireland in the direction of less home ownership and towards more precarious rental situations. In this first part, Margaret Burns, from the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice looks at how housing trends have changed dramatically […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail P2

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Homelessness

In this second part of looking at rebuilding Ireland, Margaret looks at the Government action plan, Rebuilding Ireland. She says it is doomed to fail unless there is a fundamental change in ideology. She explores how a housing policy that is largely based on being serviced by the private sector will alway have investment and profit as […]

Mission Month

Posted on 12. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Missionary

October is Mission Month and recently Irish missionaries have been acclaimed for their work. The most notable of them was Fr. Shay Cullen who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. However Matt Moran, the author of the book, “The Legacies of Irish Missionaries Lives on” says there are many more and the last two […]

Ireland’s Emissions – off the charts!

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

Last week Ireland’s citizen’s assembly met to look at how Ireland can become a leader in tackling climate change. However Niamh Garvey, Trócaire’s Head of Policy and Advocacy said that Ireland’s emission are “off the charts” and are contributing to hunger and a loss of water in some of the poorest countries in the world. In […]