A New HOPE for the community.

Last night the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and the Minister for Public Expenditure, Pascal Donohoe, paid a visit to the HOPE project.

A new hope.

It was a very positive meeting and Enda & Pascal showed great interest in the community.

Enda and Pascal were very interested in the process of recovery. There was even talk of new recovery initiatives. We’re very excited.

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All the boys were very excited to see our Enda.

It was a very exciting meeting. We feel very positive and are very excited for the community. We at HOPE would like to say a big thanks to Minister Donohoe and an Taoisigh for coming down to the project and talking

 

Community World Café

North Inner City Community World Café
North Inner City Community World Café

Last week the community (Wednesday 22nd June) of the North Inner City played host to its first World Café. Community members of all rank came down to O’Connell’s School Hall to take part in what was hopefully the first of many community brainstorming sessions. Most in attendance were local representation in the form of Councillors and Ministers. As well there was a variety of community representation from the various community organisations that are on the ground working directly with the community. There were some local residents in attendance too.

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At this, the first of it’s kind, community brainstorming session, a number of topics were put forward to guide the discussion. Each table had two topics, and participants were asked to pick a table where they would brainstorm for a certain period of time before swapping table to a new topic. After two rounds of brainstorming, everyone’s ideas were shared and everyone was given the opportunity to make their agreements known on poster paper.

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The main point of this meeting was to identify the most critical issues faced by the community and to possibly come up with some creative solutions. All of this, so the community can hand the new government-run drugs task force a detailed list of issues as identified by the community.

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Cllr. Niall Ring and the World Café

Morning Ireland
RTÉ Radio One, Morning Ireland, 15th June 2016

Independent Councillor for the North Inner City, Niall Ring, discusses last week’s visit from the Taoiseach, the Tainiste and several senior government ministers on Wednesday’s episode of RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland. The Taoiseach is quoted as being hopeful after meeting the various groups representing the community at last week’s meeting. Cllr. Ring highlights the need to break the cycles that the community is caught up in. The cycles, for example, that lead to intergenerational drug and alcohol abuse, poverty and those factors that preserve the high levels of social inequality suffered by the community. The Councillor further highlights the need for funding for the small projects that are on the ground working with those in need in the community and reiterates the Taoiseach’s promise to develop these projects.

Just a quick reminder about the community brainstorming session this Wednesday. The event is open to any and all interested parties who would like to see a change in the North Inner City, be they resident, or otherwise. The main task of this event is to get as many ideas as possible together so we can provide the new Government-run task force with a list of the most crucial issues, alongside creative solutions. If there are things you have in mind that you would like to be brought forward and cannot make it, please make yourself known otherwise or send someone in your place.

World Café
World Café

The Late Debate. Broadcast from Sheriff Street Youth Club.

The Late Debate
Thursday, 26th June 2016 – The Late Debate. Broadcast from Sheriff Street Youth Club.

With the number of criminal fatalities on the rise over the last few months, the treacherous levels of social inequality suffered by the community of the North Inner City has been at the centre of the media spotlight over the last few months. After Government came to discuss what is needed with the community earlier in the week, RTE came to the community to broadcast a discussion with community representatives. On RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘The Late Debate’ Cormac is joined by Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of SF, Joe Costello, Labour Spokesperson for Urban Regeneration, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan, Christy Burke, Former Lord Mayor, Gary Gannon, Social Democrats with numerous community activists.

HIV Virality

HIV diagnosis up 30% last year

In this segment from yesterday’s (15th June 2016) RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘Morning Ireland’, Niall Mulligan, Executive Director of HIV Ireland, discusses a campaign to highlight the increased risk of HIV infection amongst people who inject drugs, particularly ‘snow blow’

Campaigners are alarmed at a surge in HIV cases in Ireland after they jumped by more than third over the last five years.

Almost 500 people were diagnosed as living with the infection last year — up from 372 on the previous year.

Around 10 people are being newly-diagnosed with HIV every week in Ireland.

HIV Ireland, a national charity set up to battle the spread of the infection, has urged a country-wide campaign to stem the “worrying trend”.

Niall Mulligan, the charity’s executive director, said he is “alarmed at the relentless upward trend in HIV diagnoses”.

“Official figures are likely to understate the scale of the crisis,” he added.

“According to the World Health Organisation, 30 per cent of people living with HIV are undiagnosed.

“It is therefore likely the number of people living with HIV in Ireland is considerably higher than the number of diagnosed cases.”

Mr Mulligan has said the new government, when it is formed, needs to mount a public awareness drive, including free condoms and testing nationwide.

“We also need to focus on people who face a higher risk due to their circumstances – being homeless, being addicted to drugs, working within the sex industry, being in prison, suffering from poor mental health,” he added.

“Failure to do so runs the risk of creating a catastrophe out of a crisis.”

North Inner City World Café

North Inner City World Café

On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, the community of the Northeast Inner City is invited to O’Connell’s School on North Richmond Street to participate in a community run event. In an attempt at solidarity and to revitalise the community, members of the community are invited to take part in this brainstorming session to help identify the most crucial issues and hopefully come up with creative solutions, desperately needed by the community.

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world cafe

Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and a number of other ministers attended the meeting at St Laurence O’Toole National School.

Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and a number of other ministers attended the meeting at St Laurence O'Toole National School.
Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and a number of other ministers attended the meeting at St Laurence O’Toole National School.

The North Inner City has been victim to high levels of social inequality, which has become the centre of national media’s attention in the light of numerous criminal fatalities suffered by the community in the recent months. In the aftermath of these criminal fatalities, the four parishes that make up the community of the North East Inner City, marched together as one, in an attempt to speak out collectively against the recent surge in violence. This march, however, had fallen on deaf ears and the community suffered another criminal fatality within mere days. With the surge in criminal violence came vast swaths of media attention and a public outcry for the government to step in.

HOPE Senior Project Worker - Joe Dowling, An Taoisigh - Enda Kenny, & Manager @ HOPE - Irene Crawley
Joe Dowling, Enda Kenny & Irene Crawley

Last night, Monday 16th June 2016, Government ministers descended on the North East Inner City to open a dialogue with the local support groups in an attempt to develop a structure and a strategy for a new community task force. H.O.P.E. was present advocating abstinence-based recovery and the facilities required to provide such a service. Also present were the North Inner City Older Person’s Group advocating support for the older persons of the community and promoting tourism and vitality in the community was Terry Fagan detailing his own project, the Community Folklore walking tours.

RTÉ has reported a positive result from the Taoiseach, although the cabinet has yet to meet to discuss the results of yesterday’s meeting. Whatever their decision, the community is already preparing for the next step in developing the new Government-run task force. Next week, there will be a public meeting. All members of the community are invited to take part in the brainstorming session in an attempt to formulate options for the new community task force. The event will take place next Wednesday morning in O’Connells School, School Hall, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1. Registration will begin at 09.30 and everyone is invited. Please stay tuned for more information.

RTÉs report here.

Pat Kenny Show Segment – Friday 3rd June 2016

In this segment, John Drennan joins Pat in discussing the North (east) Inner City. After a comprehensive survey of the area and some of the various non-profit organisations (The North Inner City Older Person’s GroupHands On Peer Education Ltd., and Terry Fagan’s North Inner City Folklore Project) that represent smaller groups within the community, Drennan highlights the high levels of social inequality suffered by the community.

The whole show can be listened to on the News Talk website, please find the link here.