Theme for 2021
Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

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Cork - Monday 17 October 2016 - Launch of film: End Educational Poverty

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At the following link: is the short film created by our young people as part of the #endpoverty day. We are so proud of their work.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the video, the October 17 Committee and the Department of Social Protection. We would also like to thank our guest speaker today, John Lonergan, for such an engaging and inspiring discussion on poverty. A big thank you to Pierre Klein for all his work coordinating events around the country for what was a very special day. To Keith O'Connell and Cormac Brenock for their professionalism, work and guidance in the making of this project.

And finally a big thank you to all the young people in the Cork Life Centre, but in particular Colm, Darragh, Emmet, Jenny, Megan, Oisin, Rafaello, Ryan, Sarah, Stephanie, Stuart. And not to forget all staff who contributed to the project. Copies of the film are available to the Centre on request. Please like and share!

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17 October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Join us in the Cork Life Centre as we launch our new film, "End Educational Poverty".

We will officially unveil our #EndPoverty mural, designed and painted by our students.

At 10am, we will welcome John Lonergan to make a speech.

Cork Life Centre 6 Winter's Hill, Sunday's Well Road

Dublin - Monday 17 October 2016 - Over 30 events all around the Country! Ireland Marks End Poverty Day!

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Dear friends around Ireland,

Most of you had your End Poverty Day event in the past few days! Some in Tullamore, Dublin have still some plans for next week!

Thank you for all the piece of news we got so far!
Thank you for the groups who joined us on Monday at the 17 October Stone.
Thank you also for the communities in Drogheda, Tullamore, Clara, Granard, Ballyfermot and Mulhuddart who welcomed members of the Irish Committee at their event.

We started to compile a 2016 Gallery of pictures from all around the country. We will add more pictures later today. See link here! Don't forget to send us your best pictures!

In the "News" section of the website, you can also find brilliant videos made in Cork, Tullamore or Dublin and the powerful address of President Michael D Higgins at the national event.

The Irish Rural Link launched report “Poverty and Social Inclusion: The Case for Rural Ireland” on the 18th October also to mark UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The full report is available here poverty-and-social-inclusion-the-case-for-rural-ireland

We will try to update also the Facebook page with your posts and materials! Keep us informed and do remember, we will include the best pictures in an "End Poverty 2017" Calendar! (see the 2016 Calendar here).

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With the support the UN Day awareness fund managed by the DSP Social Inclusion Division, many community groups and NGOs are now preparing events to mark the 30th global gatherings on a 17 October.

Donwload the National Programme featuring over 30 events here.

To keep in touch and get updates about the day and the events in Ireland and worldwide, join the event Ireland Marks End Poverty Day by chosing the options “Interested” or “Going”!


Dublin - Monday 17 October 2016 - United Nations End Poverty Day Gathering

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At the national End Poverty Day event organised by the Irish 17 October Committee in Dublin, President Michael D. Higgins spoke of the reasons why the day is being marked across the world, and of the importance of going beyond strategies that merely alleviate poverty, by resolving to eradicate poverty at its root causes.

Listen to his powerful address here! Full text of the address here!

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Every year since 2000 on 17 October, celebrations for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty have been taking place in Dublin.

This year, come and join us on Custom House Quay around the Human Rights and Poverty Stone (close the the Famine Statues) from 10.45 (Commemoration will start sharp at 11am) to mark this day together and to listen to testimonies from people struggling against poverty.

« Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty » This is the call from the first gathering on 17 October 1987, carved on the human rights and poverty stones in Paris and Dublin.

This 1987 call, carved on 50 Human Rights and Poverty Stones around the world, stresses the importance of taking action for everybody's access to human rights. It has had numerous impacts throughout the world, in particular in 2012 with the adoption by the UN of the Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights.

Famine Memorial Custom House Quay