Forthcoming Events

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(1) IIEA Keynote Address - Mary Fitzgerald - Bringing Libya back from the brink: 27 April, 12.45pm, IIEA, 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

Six years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya remains mired in chaos, as competing governments vie for power and militias continue to be a widespread problem. The resulting political and security vacuum has allowed people smugglers and other criminal networks to flourish, and the threat posed by Islamic State and other extremists remains. In her address to the IIEA, Mary Fitzgerald, former Irish Times Foreign Correspondent, will discuss these issues and argue that what happens in Libya matters greatly for for the European Union - and not only in relation to migration. She will examine what went wrong post-Gaddafi and discuss how it might be fixed.

To register, reply to, stating you wish to attend the [FitzGerald] event in the subject line of your email or by phone on +353-1-8746756.

(2) Resistencia Feminista: 27 April, 6.30pm, Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Front Line Defenders, together with ARC and Amnesty Ireland, are delighted to host Regina Fonseca, sexual and reproductive rights defender from Honduras, and Anna Cosgrave, founder of the REPEAL project and assistant to Senator Lynn Ruane, in conversation with the Times (Ireland edition) journalist Ellen Coyne. Regina will also speak at events in Belfast, Limerick, Cork and Galway.

Ireland and Honduras are home to two of the most restrictive anti-choice regimes in the world. Both have legal frameworks which equate a woman’s right to life with that of the unborn. Regina and Anna will share strategies for changing this framework, and discuss the risks that doing this work entails, risks which can be life-threatening in the Honduran context. The discussion will be moderated by Ellen Coyne, whose investigative journalism recently uncovered two rogue crisis pregnancy clinics in Dublin. 

To register, please click here.

(3) The Return of Famine in 2017: 4 May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Room G16, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

Famine has been declared in South Sudan, and this year threatens Yemen, Somalia, and north-eastern Nigeria. Why? What lessons have been learned from the past? What response is needed?

Panel discussion organised by the Humanitarian Action Study Group of the Development Studies Association Ireland. Speakers: Sam Taylor (MSF), Noreen Gumbo (Trócaire), and Kevin O’Sullivan (NUI Galway).

(4) The Annual SLIP Sierra Leone Independence day Celebration: 28 April, 7pm til late, Wynn's Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Garret Campbell of Global Schoolroom will give a talk on his organisation and the teacher in-service programme due to commence in Sierra Leone led by Gráinne Horan. This will be followed by chat finger food, and music.

All Sierra Leoneans and Irish who hold SL dear to their heart are welcome. Please RSVP to Martin: or Jim

(5) Young Friends of the Earth film screening - "Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock": 29 April, 7pm, Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Young Friends of the Earth are a group working to advance global climate justice by mobilizing and inspiring people to join the movement, and on April 29th they will screen the newly released documentary 'Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock' from 7pm in FilmBase, Temple Bar. This is taking place as part of the People's Climate Movement global demonstration. 

Awake premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd, marking Earth Day 2017. The film tells the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, which captured the world's attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. 

Please RSVP by reserving your ticket here: Entry is free but numbers are limited. Filmbase is a BYOB venue.

(6) Exhibition- The Change Lab: Development Education through Art & Design (NCAD & Ubuntu Network): 3 May, 11am, NCAD Gallery, National College of Art & Design,100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The School of Education, NCAD in association with the Ubuntu Network, invite you to The Change Lab official launch. 

The Change Lab is a critical space for learning, thinking and re-imagining the possibilities of how art and design curriculum in second level can be taught through a Development Education lens. The exhibition showcases the pedagogical approach and artefacts that the Professional Master in Education (PME) teachers created in response to the thematic of LAND and HOME. The work is made and presented from the situated practice of the artist and the educator, activist. 

Please RSVP your place at the event to The schedule and more information are available at:

(7) Irish Red Cross and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (UCC) present film screening and panel discussion, On Shifting Ground (Nepal earthquake): 5 May, 6.30pm, Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The short documentary film “On Shifting Ground” – Storytelling in Nepal is about the disaster relief efforts of development organisations in Nepal, following the 2015 earthquake. This will be followed by an open discussion on the challenges and issues faced by humanitarian organisations following natural disasters, and a drinks reception.

This film screening and discussion provides an opportunity for the humanitarian and development communities to rethink conventional approaches to disaster relief and offer next steps on the collaboration necessary to respond efficiently and effectively. (See trailer).

To participate, please register on the Eventbrite site: (or

(8) IDEA Conversation Series: Islamophobia in Ireland: 11 May, 5.30-7.30pm, IDEA offices, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1

The second in IDEA’s Development Education Conversation Series 2017 will take place Thursday, 11 May, 5:30 - 7:30pm in the IDEA office. The session will be led by Amel Yacef, Chairperson of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) EU and board member of ​ENAR Ireland and the Amal Muslim Women’s Association​, and a representative from the Amal Muslim Women’s Association, focusing on Islamophobia in Ireland. 

To find out more, please click here.