STAND talks to Ellie Kisyombe from Our TABLE Dublin about the history of Direct Provision in Ireland, changes to the system and the role of ‘OurTable’.



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STAND News: The Digital Dublin Pride Week 2020

From June 18th to June 28th it’s Dublin’s Pride Week 2020. Due to COVID-19 it will be digital this year, also the big Pride Parade on June 28th.

World Refugee Day 2020

On June 20th is World Refugee Day. At least 70.8 million people around the world are fleeing from their homes. Those seeking asylum in Ireland are offered accommodation by the government. This system is called Direct Provision. COVID-19 showed again how bad the circumstances for refugees are in Direct Provision centres.

STAND News talked to the “Student Representative of the year 2019” Réiltín Ní Theimhneáin from NUI Galway

Réiltín Ní Theimhneáin has recently won the award as ” “Student Representative of the year 2019”. She graduated this year from NUI Galway. With STAND News she talked about the tasks of a student representative and what she was able to achieve with her engagement for her class.

STAND News Explains: Leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have agreed on a draft government programme

The leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have agreed on a deal for government titled “Our Shared Future”. The next Taioseach will be Micheál Martin. This position will be rotated to Leo Varadkar in 2022. The influence of the Green Party in the deal is very apparent.

“COVID-19 has put things into perspective” Tara Ní Raghallaigh from ITSSU talks about her mental health activism

Tara Ní Raghallaigh just recently won the award for “Outstanding Mental Activist of the Year”. With STAND News she talked about her activism for mental health also in terms of her job as the Welfare Officer of IT Sligo Students’ Union. COVID-19 brings new challenges for her activism but she also noticed a different kind of awareness for mental health issues.

The uncertain future of Children and Youth Affairs in Ireland

There is talk of disbanding the department of children and youth affairs in Ireland. There is great concern about these plans, also with regard to COVID-19.

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