Cyber Buddy Cover

At yesterday’s Irish Youth Councils national showcase event, we were given copies of ‘Be a cyber buddy, not a cyber bully,’ a booklet produced by young people for young people.

Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg is a council of 56 elected young people between the ages of 11-18 years.

Their booklet includes poetry, stories, pictures, advice and links, for all young people who are affected by, or who witness, online bullying.

And the advice of these young people could also be useful for some adults, who face different circumstances but should still share the same underlying ethics.

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JD MN Croke Park

Jane Donnelly and I attended the Irish Youth Councils’ national showcase event in Croke Park yesterday, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child.

Comhairle na nÓg are Youth Councils in the 34 City and County Development Board areas of Ireland, funded by the Department of Children and other sources.

The Youth Councils give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies. They are for young people under the age of 18 who therefore have no other voting mechanism to have their voice heard.

The purpose of yesterday’s event was to showcase the work and topics each Youth Council has been working on over the past two years or more to relevant decision makers, as well as highlighting the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention. Ireland ratified the Convention in 1992.

Atheist Ireland is a member of the Irish Children’s Rights Alliance, which is preparing a report for the UN about Ireland’s record on fulfilling its obligations under the Convention. This report will feed into the UN’s next review of Ireland in January 2016.

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Yesterday I debated the existence of God with Hugh Owen of the US Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, at the Centre for the Divine Will in Dublin. These are the opening contributions and rebuttals. I will have the questions and answers session online later.

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FLAC Report launch

Jane Donnelly and I attended the launch yesterday of the FLAC report on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Ireland. The report will be forwarded to the United Nations as part of Ireland’s questioning about its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Atheist Ireland was one of 50 civil society groups to participate in drafting and to endorse the report. Our primary focus was promoting the right of employees to work free from religious discrimination, and the rights of children to secular non-denominational education.

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Atheist Ireland attends launch of Catherine McGuinness Fellowship on Children’s Rights and Child Law

November 19, 2014

Jane Donnelly and I attended the launch of the Catherine McGuinness Fellowship on Children’s Rights and Child Law yesterday. The fellowship is a one-year position for newly qualified barristers, who will work with the Children’s Rights Alliance Legal and Policy Team. Atheist Ireland is a member of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Our primary focus within […]

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“Do your belly dance.” “Get off my stage. I’ve got work to do.” What if PZ Myers judged others’ sexism as he judges himself?

November 17, 2014

I don’t believe that PZ Myers is sexist. I believe that PZ supports equality for women, and that in his own mind he is trying to advance that aim, using methods that I believe are unjust and hurtful and counterproductive to feminism, equality and social justice. But what would happen if PZ and his colleagues […]

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Atheist Ireland and Children’s Rights Alliance promote right to education without religious discrimination

November 14, 2014

Yesterday I represented Atheist Ireland at a consultation meeting of the Irish Children’s Rights Alliance, to kick-start the process of briefing the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child before it questions Ireland about its obligations under the most widely accepted UN human rights treaty. The UN Covenant on the Rights of the […]

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They shoot children, don’t they? Video of launch of report on paramilitary attacks on children in Northern Ireland

November 11, 2014

Yesterday I chaired the launch of “They shoot children, don’t they?”, a report by Professor Liam Kennedy of Queen’s University Belfast on paramilitary attacks on children in Northern Ireland from 1990 to 2013. You can read the report here: Part One – Overview and Statistics Part Two – Case Studies and Conclusion

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They shoot children, don’t they? Part 1 of report on paramilitary attacks on children in Northern Ireland from 1990 to 2013

November 10, 2014

This is Part 1 of “They shoot children, don’t they?”, a report by Professor Liam Kennedy of Queen’s University Belfast on paramilitary attacks on children in Northern Ireland from 1990 to 2013. It is launched today to mark this month’s 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is Part […]

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They shoot children, don’t they? Part 2 of report on paramilitary attacks on children in Northern Ireland from 1990 to 2013

November 10, 2014

This is Part 2 of “They shoot children, don’t they?”, a report by Professor Liam Kennedy of Queen’s University Belfast on paramilitary attacks on children in Northern Ireland from 1990 to 2013. It is launched today to mark this month’s 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is Part […]

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