About Us – A Timeline


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2010: Conference December 10th 2010. This conference, Interculturalism, Equality & Religious Diversity in Irish Education: Starting an Important Discussion was organised by Clare Intercultural Network. Mary Immaculate College Limerick School of Education and Professional Studies and Ubuntu in University of Limerick and the then Equality Authority participated and provided inputs.  It was decided to hold ongoing annual conferences on December 10th to mark International Human Rights Day.

2011: Clare Intercultural Network initiated the set-up of IDEC-Ireland with University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and the Equality Authority

2011: IDEC-Ireland designed and developed a research project which aimed to engage with schools in the Munster region throughout 2012s.

2011: Conference December 10th 2011. The conference launched the research project, Listening to Young People’s Voices to be conducted by the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College: Dr Eimear Enright, Deirdre O’Rourke, Dr Orla McCormack and Maurice Harmon

2012: Research carried out by University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College, with feedback from the 2011 conference to form part of the report

2012: Conference December 10th 2012. This conference saw the launch of the research report, “Living and Learning Diversity in the Irish Education System” . The research was presented by Dr Eimear Enright, Deirdre O’ Rourke Dr Orla McCormack and Maurice Harmon.

2013: Name change from Intercultural and Development Education Centre to Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre and IDEC –Ireland further developed its partnership members. Members now include, among others, Clarecare;  Clare Women’s Network;  Community Knowledge Initiative EPIC –  National University of Ireland Galway; Educational Disadvantage Centre-  St Patrick’s College, DCU and  Galway County Intercultural Forum/Galway County Council

2013: Conference December 10th 2013. This conference, Harnessing the Hero/Shero in Me, You and Them, built on the work of the previous three conferences that looked at the experience of living and learning diversity within Irish education from different perspectives, focusing on what supported individual, group, organisation and community’s ability to build their moral courage and ability to advocate for themselves and others.

2014: Membership of IDEC – Ireland has been augmented by a representative from National University of Ireland, Maynooth

2014: Conference December 10th 2014. This conference, Diversity: Creating Community Well-Being, explored dimensions of diversity such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political and religious beliefs. This theme relates to the importance of diversity within society, recognises its value, its potential to influence everyone’s life in a positive way and its capacity to create well-being in communities.

2015: IDEC – Ireland made representations to the Teaching Council concerning proficiency in the Irish Language as a barrier to access to Initial Teacher Education. The suggestion of Irish on exit from third level, rather than on entry, was proposed.

2015: Conference December 10th 2015. This conference, Who is in the Classroom? Learners, Teachers, Identities opened with a conversation between Dr Declan Fahie, UCD School of Education, Dr Orla McGarry, UCC & YMOBILITY Project and Dr Áine Ryan, School of Languages, Literature & Culture, NUI Galway. This conversation was facilitated by Joe Little, RTE’s Religious Correspondent.