Bulletin: Issue 39

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Islamophobia in Ireland: Limerick seminar

ENAR Ireland, a national network of anti-racism organisations, are holding a public seminar on Islamophobia, on Wednesday 11th May 2016 in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick. 

This seminar will explore and strengthen understanding of Islamophobia (anti-Muslim racism) in Ireland. Guest speakers will present research findings on the experiences of people affected by Islamophobic incidents and will speak to the ways in which we can respond and address Islamophobia in Ireland.
The event will be chaired by Shane O'Curry, Director of ENAR Ireland.

Speakers will include:
  • Dr. James Carr, University of Limerick;
  • Teresa Buczkowska, Immigrant Council of Ireland;
  • Iesha Moustafa, Diverse City and Sport Against Racism Ireland.
To register your attendance, please visit Eventbrite

For more information on ENAR Ireland, visit the ENAR website here: www.enarireland.org

Refugees Welcome - Limerick

Limerick City and County Council has now confirmed that Limerick is preparing to welcome approximately 50 new residents to the city and county, as part of the Government's refugee resettlement programme. 
We understand that the families will be arriving in Limerick in the coming weeks and months, with a total of 25 families expected before the end of the year. Doras Luimní look forward to extending a warm welcome to the families once they settle into life in Limerick, their new home.

Refugee Resettlement in Portlaoise

In March 2015, Doras Luimní was successfully awarded the public tender contract by Laois County Council to be the implementing agency in the Portlaoise Resettlement Project. The project involved supporting 13 Syrian families on a daily basis to access services appropriately and building capacity both in the new arrivals and in the receiving community as the group adapt to their new life in Portlaoise.

The Project facilitated numerous interventions during the year and included one to one supports, group activities and community involvement. One year on, and with the support of key stakeholders, the group are firmly settled in to their new lives in Portlaoise, whilst also dealing with the ongoing pain, loss and trauma of life in Syria. All members have attended English classes at the Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board as well as participate in conversational English exchanges. To date, three people have secured part-time employment, three others are considering setting up businesses and are receiving advice and support from the Local Enterprise Office and a further four people are in third level/further education. All of the children are in school and attend local after-school clubs for English and homework assistance.

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to Laois County Council, the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration and all the statutory, voluntary and community organisations for all the support, involvement and encouragement throughout the year. We also want to extend a special thanks to all of the volunteers who have been involved on our many programmes and who will continue to support the longer term integration and involvement in Portlaoise.

This project will have a further feature in our next E-bulletin.

Time to Act on Direct Provision

In June 2015, the Government's Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision published  a report outlining over 170 recommendations that aimed to reform the system and improve the living conditions for asylum seekers in Ireland. Regrettably, 10 months on from the conclusion of the Working Group, there has been very little little change and only limited implementation of the recommendations.
Eugene Quinn, Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland, has published an analysis of the implementation of the recommendations, outlining the key changes and the many shortcomings associated with this process to date.

The analysis was published in 'Working Notes', Issue 76, and is available to view here: Time to Act


Asylum Seekers - Right to Work

A Burmese man who has been living in Direct Provision for seven years is now entitled to bring his case to the Supreme Court, who will examine his right to work as an asylum seeker in Ireland. His case was previously rejected by the Court of Appeal. 

This test case could have enormous implications for asylum seeker rights in Ireland if successful.

Ireland is one of only two EU countries that prohibit asylum seekers from employment, the other country is Lithuania. The EU Directive on Reception Conditions recommends the right to work after 9 months.

This blanket ban on employment is one of the biggest challenges facing people in the system and it has a knock on effect on people who are subsequently granted residency rights, particularly after lengthy stays in Direct Provision with no work rights or access to education. 

No date has yet been set for the Supreme Court hearing of this test case for the right to work but we will keep you updated on any developments. You can read more about this case in the Irish Times article here: IT article "Supreme Court to hear test case on asylum seeker's right to work"

Fair Work Standards

Doras Luimní has been implementing the Fair Work Standards campaign to promote work place rights in Limerick city since November 2015. 

The campaign is an opportunity for local workers to learn about their basic rights and entitlements under Irish employment law. It also aims to promote fairness at work for all workers, regardless of their type of employment. Every employee has a right to fair and decent work and to have his/her dignity respected at all times.

A further aim of this campaign is to identify and acknowledge workplaces that already engage in fair work practices. This will be achieved via on-line survey, which can be accessed online here: FWS Survey

Doras will be engaging in outreach work over the next 3 months to further boost participation in the Fair Work Standards campaign. If you would like to request an outreach visit or would like more information on the campaign, please contact Mariaam at m.bhatti@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328.

Migrant Workers & Trade Union Membership

On Wednesday 18th May, Doras Luimní will host a seminar on migrant participation in the trade union movement. 

The event will focus on the presentation of our research findings on the participation level of migrants in trade unions and will create an opportunity for participants to discuss related challenges and suggested ways forward. 

This research and seminar is part of our Fair Work Standards campaign, addressing employment issues and labour exploitation in the region.
For more information about this seminar and/ or to RSVP for the event, please contact Mariaam Bhatti at m.bhatti@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328.

More information about the Fair Work Standards campaign is available on our website here: Fair Work Standards

Intercultural Day - VTOS

Each year, VTOS organise an Intercultural Day to celebrate the many diverse cultures that live and learn in Limerick.

This year the event will take place on Thursday 12th May from 10:30am out in the new VTOS building at St Enda's school, Killmallock Road.

There will be a wide variety of food, music and entertainment from around the world, including an opportunity to try out tribal drumming. This event is not to be missed!

English classes

Our English classes will finish up for the term on Thursday 2nd June 2016. We do not run English classes over the summer months but if you are interested in taking part in September, please call into the Doras office to apply. 

In the meantime and throughout the Summer months, there are conversational English classes (Fáilte Isteach) available every Wednesday morning from 10am - 12pm in Christ Church hall (behind the Doras Luimní office) and all are very welcome to attend.  Please contact Doras Luimní at info@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328 for further details about learning English in Limerick. 

New Opening Hours - 2016

Doras Luimní is now closed to the public every Wednesday and Friday. Our drop-in hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning, with appointments available for the afternoon. 

Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause!

Belonging survey: Community Foundation of Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) is undertaking a piece of research that aims to discover how the people who live, play, work and learn in Ireland feel about their sense of belonging.

This research will allow the public as well as the community sector to have their voices heard on the issues that matter most to them and what our funding priorities should be.

As part of the research, CFI are asking people to complete this short, anonymous survey about "belonging" in Irish communities, which will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The findings from this survey will help to shape the future grant-giving practices of CFI. 

Please feel free to share this survey with anyone you feel might be interested in taking part. For more information on the Community Foundation of Ireland, please visit their website here: CFI website

If you have a story you would like to share with us or would like to feature your event, please contact Aideen at Doras Luimní at a.roche@dorasluimni.org.
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