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Ireland’s Community spirit is alive and well!

Irish Rural Link says cuts report is “sinister”

- CSO says 2 out of 3 regularly engage in volunteering /community activities Community spirit is alive and well in Ireland, according to a report by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) that makes minced meat of the widely held view that community spirit and volunteering declined during the boom years. The report echoes views expressed to ‘Changing Ireland’ last year by a Volunteer Centres Ireland spokesperson saying volunteering had not gone into decline. The CSO statistics show, on average, almost two-thirds of people in the Republic of Ireland regularly took part in voluntary or community activities. Nonetheless, there remains a crisis in community participation levels in disadvantaged areas, particularly among those with low education, the unemployed, people in poor health, immigrants and older people. Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien reports

Irish Rural Link (IRL) has published a 27-page critique of Bord Snip’s “sinister” proposals. The 300-member organisation says one of the report’s main weaknesses is that it “hides the fact that cuts across a number of departments may impact on the same individual.” Two-thirds of Ireland’s poor live in rural Ireland. IRL said Bord Snip showed “disregard” for community groups, adding that “the lack of consideration for the community and voluntary element of work countering social exclusion is one of the most sinister underlying themes.” IRL’s board is seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance as soon as possible. For more details and for a link to the report, visit: www.changingireland.blogspot.com

that “community ties seem particularly healthy” and says the CSO figures challenge the belief that the boom years eroded community spirit. For web links to Carl’s July 30th report and an editorial in the Irish Times, go to our blog at: www.changingireland.blogspot.com

Volunteers in our midst! Pictured are volunteers Gearoid Fitzgibbon, a reporter with ‘Changing Ireland’ who was with us for three weeks in June and Breege Moynihan who is currently with us. ‘Changing Ireland’ has opened its doors to supporters who have volunteered with the project in recent months. Gearoid has now moved abroad, to Palestine, where he will continue to work as a volunteer, on a 3-month placement with an NGO in the West Bank.

‘Changing Ireland’,c/o Community Enterprise Centre, Moyross, Limerick T: 061-458011 (editorial) / 458090 (admin). E: editor@changingireland.ie W: www.changingireland.ie

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