UNICEF: THIRD OF IRISH CHILDREN LIVE IN MATERIALLY DEPRIVED HOUSEHOLDS

Almost one-third of Irish children live in materially-deprived households, according to new rankings by Unicef.  The Fairness for Children report card by the international agency showed Ireland was seventh out of 41 EU/OECD countries, despite findings children are now the most neglected group in Irish society.  The league table of inequality in child well-being in…

Read more

AS GLOBAL INEQUALITY SPIRALS, WEALTHY NATIONS ARE FAILING CHILDREN LIVING ON EDGE OF POVERTY

The recent global debate about rising inequality seems focused on the accumulation of wealth at the very top. While this is a serious problem requiring urgent attention, it can distract attention from the devastating, and arguably more important, issue of inequality amongst those at the bottom. This is where inequality seriously diminishes the chances in…

Read more

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTED BY STAFF CUTS

Cutbacks in schools have left teachers and principals unable to care for the pastoral needs of their students, including their mental health, a second-level teaching union claims.  The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland claims a moratorium on school middle-management posts is undermining supports. The union commissioned a Millward Brown poll of 1,749 teachers and…

Read more

MIND THE GAP: THE STARK CLASS DIVIDE IN ACCESS TO THIRD LEVEL

Students from disadvantaged areas are still much less likely to progress to higher education. The challenges have been identified, but how do we go about bridging the social divide?  Why do almost 90 per cent of students in Donnybrook go to college but just 16 per cent in Darndale? The reality in Ireland is that…

Read more

Most Irish Children Now Taught by Parents at Home

The number of Irish parents teaching their children outside the confines of the traditional school has soared.  Figures obtained by the Sunday Independent under a Freedom of Information request reveal there are currently 1,090 home-educated children in Ireland, compared with 699 in 2011.  Experts say the reasons why Irish parents are embracing this kind of…

Read more

Traveller Videos – Behind the Scenes

Watch ‘behind the scenes’ and out-takes of the two Traveller videos

Read more

Traveller Stereotypes – A Teenage Perspective

The second of the two videos, funded by the DCU Access Office, which were made with a group of Traveller school children in partnership with Sphere 17 in the summer of 2014. In this video, the students challenge existing stereotypes   See behind the scenes  

Read more

Travellers in Education – DCU Access Office and Sphere 17

In the summer of 2014, two videos, funded by the DCU Access Office, were made with a group of Traveller school children in partnership with Sphere 17 in the summer of 2014. Sphere 17 is community organisation in Priorswood, Dublin 17 working quite extensively with Travellers.  The videos were filmed on the DCU Glasnevin Campus,…

Read more

JOHN CONNORS, IRISH TRAVELLER: A MAN YOU DON’T MEET EVERY DAY

Much controversy followed the recent appearance on TV of John Connors, the quiet-spoken star of the hit crime drama Love/Hate and advocate for Traveller rights on Ireland’s Late Late Show, writes Bernard Rorke on the European Roma Rights Centre blog on April 6th 2016.  Connors gave a moving account of the impact of racism upon…

Read more

AFTER RACIST EPISODES, BLUNT DISCUSSIONS ON CAMPUS

Scott N. Brooks, draped in a dapper shawl-collar sweater, looked out on the auditorium of mostly white students in puffy coats and sweats as they silently squirmed at his question. Why, he had asked, does Maria Sharapova, a white Russian tennis player, earn nearly twice as much in endorsements as Serena Williams, an African-American with…

Read more