Forthcoming Events

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(1) 'The Price We Pay' - Film Screening on Tax Justice and Gender: 13 March, 6pm, The Generator Hostel, Smithfield, Dublin

As part of the Global Days of Action on Tax and Gender, Financial Justice Ireland in association with ActionAid, are hosting a film screening of The Price We Pay, which explores the role of multinationals in avoiding tax. It's estimated that countries in the Global South lose more than $200 billion a year through tax avoidance - this is more than they receive in aid. As multinational corporations' tax practices come under increasing scrutiny, we take a look at the impact that their actions have for women in the Global South. ActionAid's tax justice photo exhibition will be on display before the screening. The exhibition includes personal stories from Zambia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Liberia, illustrating the impact of tax dodging on people and communities in the Global South. More information and registration is available on our website

(2) GOAL unveil mural by SUBSET to commemorate the 8th year of conflict in Syria: 14 March, 10am - 4pm, and 15 March, 10am - 4pm, opposite Filmbase on Curved Street in Temple Bar, Dublin

This 15 March will mark the 8th year of conflict in Syria, which has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis like no other. The ongoing cost of the brutal conflict has seen over 500,000 people killed, and 12 million - more than half of the pre-conflict population - fleeing their homes in terror. As the conflict continues within Syria, it will see more and more people displaced and affected by the unfolding humanitarian crisis, with GOAL estimating that it will need to provide aid to over 750,000 people in 2019. GOAL has worked in Syria since late 2012, where we have over 400 Syrian staff on the ground who work to provide vital services like food, shelter, clean water and other essential services to cater to the displaced population in North-West Syria. To observe this day, GOAL has partnered with the art collective, SUBSET, to create a hard-hitting piece in Dublin’s Temple Bar which will encapsulate the ongoing humanitarian situation in Syria. The mural will be the highlight of the campaign to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict in Syria and its effect on children who pay the highest cost in war. GOAL is encouraging members of the public to stand with Syria and share their messages of solidarity in support of Syrians affected by the conflict. Interactive elements on Thursday and Friday include, a virtual reality experience to show the real effects of life in Syria, as well as space for the Irish public to contribute their messages of solidarity. The mural will remain in place for two weeks as a memorial to those affected by the conflict.

(3) TEDxDrogheda - The People. The Planet. The Future: 15 March, 7pm - 9pm, Droichead Arts Centre Stockwell St, Stockwell Lane, Drogheda

TEDxDrogheda is back! The third TEDx event in the North-East of Ireland has been officially launched in January 2019, under the title “The People. The Planet. The Future”. The event will be hosted in the Droichead Arts Centre on 15 March 2019 and will provide a broad interpretation of the above theme, with presentations by artists, social activists, entrepreneurs, historians, and academics from our local community. Eight speakers have been selected to share some ideas with us about "The People. The Planet. The Future". Find out more and register.

(4) Decarbonised, Decentralised and Digitalised - How Achieving Sustainable Energy Can Help Us Meet the Paris Agreement Goals And Ensure We Leave No One Behind: 15 March, 12.45pm - 2pm, IIEA, 8 North Great George's St, Dublin

Keynote address: Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. In her keynote address, Ms Kyte will argue in favour of energy systems that can drive economies yet have zero net emissions. She will argue that despite the current renewable energy revolution, 1 in 7 people have no access to electricity and more than 30% of the world’s population cannot prepare a meal without endangering their health and their children’s health. Her challenge to policy makers is to muster the courage to build energy systems of the future which are affordable, clean and that work for everyone. She will conclude by arguing that if we decarbonise, decentralise and digitalise energy systems, we will in fact democratise them and leave no one behind. Find out more and register.

(5) Don't Owe, Shouldn't Pay - Why disaster-prone Caribbean islands need a debt deal: 25 March, 6.30pm, Connolly Books, 43 Essex St East, Templebar, Dublin 

Join Financial Justice Ireland & Friends of the Earth to discuss how climate chaos is fuelling natural disasters and a debt crisis in poor Caribbean island nations like Grenada. Heron Belfon, director of debt justice campaign group "Jubilee Caribbean" will speak about how her home country faces near-annual hurricanes because of a climate crisis the tiny Caribbean islands had no hand in making. Adding to the injustice, countries like Grenada are forced to repay unaffordable, overpriced loans, instead of being given the space to use their national revenue to invest in precious resources in recovery and disaster protection. The Caribbean needs a debt deal before the next hurricane season strikes, a deal that would allow the debt that countries like Grenada have to be suspended in the wake of a climate disaster. This evening workshop will look at what's happening in the Caribbean and how climate change and the global financial system interact. We will also be working together to plan concrete actions we can take in Ireland to push for debt justice for countries like Heron's, before the 2019 hurricane season hits. This comes at an opportune time as the European Parliament and Local Council elections will take place on 24 May 2019. For information, contact eilis@financialjustice.ie / 086-3108853.

(6) Before the next storm: exploring faith-based responses to climate change challenges: 25 March, 11am - 2pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St, Dublin

Financial Justice Ireland are hosting a panel discussion and information sharing event to explore challenges raised by climate change, how these overlap with the financial system and responses being taken by faith-based groups. We are joined by Heron Belfron, Programme Co-ordinator of Jubilee Caribbean. Jubilee Caribbean are a newly established network set up by churches in the area who are calling for a moratorium on debt repayments when hurricanes hit these Caribbean islands as well as a debt restructuring process with creditors. Hurricanes in the Caribbean region are becoming more frequent and more severe as a consequence of climate change. At the same time congregations across Ireland are responding to climate change challenges and are mobilising and divesting from fossil fuels. Join us for this event to hear more about these issues and the role in which your congregation could play in supporting them. Lunch will be provided. More information and registration is available on our website.

(7) Imagine! The Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics: 25 - 31 March, Belfast

Welcome to our 5th festival where politics and the arts coalesce to bring you a unique way of imagining the future of this great city. We look forward to welcoming you to our biggest ever programme of performance, discussion and debate taking place across Belfast. We hope you will join us in debating and considering the big issues of our troubled times including new ideas on politics, culture and activism. There’s something for everyone in this eclectic programme, as we try to make sense of this volatile world. Events include workshops, talks, exhibitions, film screenings, performance art, music, theatre, poetry, tours, and comedy with most events free. Find out more.

(8) In a world of Brexit and Trump, is the media neglecting reporting on humanitarian issues?: 27 March, 7pm - 8.15pm, Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square N., Belfast, BT1 5GB

Are audiences interested in global humanitarian affairs? Does existing news coverage serve their needs and the needs of international aid? BBC World Service Group Director Jamie Angus, Dr. Mel Bunce, founder of the Humanitarian News Research Network and Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City, University of London, Rose Caldwell, Executive Director of Concern UK and aid and development agency members discuss the state of reporting on humanitarian issues within a news agenda seen as being dominated by Brexit and Trump. The Q&A session is hosted by former BBC Panorama reporter Declan Lawn, and is organised by the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT), the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies Northern Ireland (CADA NI) and Humanitarian Journalism. Event is part of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics, to get your free ticket please click here

(9) Concern Worldwide Agents of Change: 29 March, Croke Park, Dublin 

Concern Worldwide are hosting their Agents of Change event on Friday, 29 March in Croke Park. Agents of Change is a time for students and young people to present on action projects/campaigns they have been working on and get to meet like-minded peers to network and connect with. Concern will also facilitate a world café session (Project Us) and refreshments will be provided. If you have a group interested in attending, please contact schools@concern.net.

(10) The Future of Civil Society Advocacy in Ireland: 4 April, 10.30am - 2pm, The Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

Making a difference to public policy and facing the challenge to advocacy work by community and voluntary organisations in 2019. What can new research on Ireland’s Advocacy Initiative tell us about its long-term lessons ten years on? Register.

(11) Future of Europe Citizens' Dialogue: 4 April, 6.30pm - 9pm, Hotel Kilmore, Dublin Rd, Cavan

European Movement Ireland supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are delighted to invite you to an evening's Citizens' Dialogue on Ireland and the Future of Europe in Cavan. We are pleased to invite you to join the Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee T.D., at a unique opportunity to discuss the role of Ireland and its citizens in the Future of Europe. Find out more.

(12) Meet the European Parliamentary Candidates - Citizens Dialogue: Various Dates and Locations

On the 24 May 2019, citizens in Ireland and across Europe will head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. Ireland will now have 13 seats in the Parliament, but who are the proposed candidates? What do they know about the community and voluntary sector, and how will they represent us in Europe? Meet some of the proposed candidates from your regional constituency. Tell them your story and listen to theirs. The Wheel works hard to raise the collective voices of the community voluntary sector at national level, but what of our impact in Europe? As part of a new and exciting project, The Wheel wishes to create a unique opportunity for members to engage with individuals around Ireland who are entering the race for European Parliament Elections on 24 May 2019. Who are the candidates? What do they stand for at home and in Europe? Come and meet them – inform them of your organisation’s work and find out what they can do for you if elected.