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.
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.
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.
Basic hygiene is a social justice issue. It’s not a privilege to feel clean and we all deserve a life with dignity. However, many people locked in poverty or those who find themselves in times of crisis find their options restricted. That’s why The Hygiene Bank Dublin collects, sorts and distributes donated products to a network of community partners that support those of us who are struggling.
The Black Lives Matter protest are also happening in Ireland after the black man George Floyd died after a white police officer held him down with a knee to his neck. MASI organised the protests and is also protesting to end direct provision in Ireland.
Clare Austick talks about the NUIG University of Sanctuary, which supports migrants and refugees to make the most out of their college experience. She also talks about the challenges that come with the coronavirus.
STAND News Explains takes a look into the situation in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry in a direct provision centre where the coronavirus has spread massively. Locals and refugees in the centre are very concerned.
Betty Nyagoha is the director of the “Gatoto Integrated Development Programme” in Nairobi, Kenya and talked to STAND News about the school itself and the challenges occuring through COVID-19.
Despite the Dáil passing a motion declaring a biodiversity emergency last May, little has happened since. Now, activists are calling for the implementation of an Irish garda unit dedicated to fighting wildlife crime.
Sarah Benson of Women’s Aid discusses the particular vulnerabilities many people are currently facing in Covid-19 lockdown in relation to domestic violence and what supports are available.
On the Greek island of Lesbos is the Moria refugee camp, constructed for 3,100 people but now with a population of more than 20,000 men, women and children.
Before lockdown, we met with one of the few people with first-hand experience of the camp, photojournalist Fellipe Lopes.
STAND News talked to Joan from the Irish Wheelchair Association about how they're aiding the disabled community during COVID-19.See how you can help out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsoJTx-r1n0
STAND’s Cedric spoke to Meaghan Carmody, Head of Movement Building at Friends of the Earth Ireland, about the actions we can take for the environment during lockdown.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCPRyRsBuNw
STAND’s Cedric spoke to Anthony Flynn, CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless to see how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Ireland's homeless population. You can donate to ICHH by clicking here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEQrSEalSeMPhoto source: ICHH...
STAND’s Cedric spoke to Patrick Reilly, Mental Health Worker at Pavee Point about how COVID-19 is affecting the travelling community in Ireland, and the work that the organisation is doing during this...
STAND’s Cedric spoke to Roisin O'Donovan from the Union of Students in Ireland to get advice on what students can do to look after their personal well-being during lockdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjAuIp5bBE
STAND recently held a webinar with a number of student representatives to see how far we have come in terms of equality in third level institutions, and what's still left to do. Watch the webinar in full...
STAND’s Cedric spoke to Paula Martinez from UCD Clothes Swaps to hear about the dark side of the fast fashion industry and how they're working together as a group to combat it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA-9rDSBvGk&t=5s
STAND’s Cedric speaks to Ellie Kisyombe from Our TABLE Dublin about the history of Direct Provision in Ireland, changes to the system and the role of ‘OurTable’.
STAND's Cedric spoke to Ruairi Power from Fix Our Education UCD about the actions that the student group is taking to reduce inequalities on UCD campus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiZ4pWxt3V8
STAND’s Cedric spoke to Clara McCormack from Cut the Rent TCD about the actions that the student group is taking to stop further rental increases on TCD campus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0zoN14I6yw&t=6s
STAND’s Cedric spoke with Lisa nic an Bhreithimh from ShoutOut about issues still faced by those who identify as LGBTQ+ in Ireland.
STAND News Intern Ariana took a trip to the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which is taking place from January 24th - February 10th 2020.
Cathal Curry, DCU student and founder of giveback.ie talked to STAND News about the housing crisis and homelessness in Ireland and what solutions might look like.
STAND's Cedric spoke with Abigail McDonnell from DCU Mental Health Society about what it's like to suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD. Watch the video below.
After 13 years, the popular southside pub The Bernard Shaw is closing its doors. Over the years, the local pub had grown to become a cultural institution, providing creative space for countless artists and musicians. STAND interviewed one of them.
‘’When you were my age did you know what climate change meant?!’’ Here is a review of last Friday strike and its consequences.
Ahead of the global climate strikes on 20th September, students are asked what they think about it and if they’ll get involved.
Podcast Episode 1: Student Accommodation and the Housing Crisis
Clara Corrigan reviews an environmental art exhibition curated by young activists.
A week after the Irish parliament declared a climate and biodiversity emergency, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Dail to urge the government to take action. The ‘Act Now’ rally, which took place earlier this month, highlighted the failure of...
An interview with Youth Advisory Panel members from the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy to look into how young people can influence politics.
Dublin stands in solidarity with victims of Christchurch attack
Críomhthann Morrison for STAND attended a demonstration in Dublin this past Saturday, a movement in solidarity with the victims of Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15th 2019. Take a look here:Posted by STAND on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Críomhthann Morrison attended a Dublin demonstration where over 100 people gathered in solidarity of recent New Zealand shootings.