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A social work member of SWAN Ireland traveled with a group of people to the West Bank in recent weeks. The group wrote a letter to the Irish Times about what they witnessed and it was published today! Check it out here: http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letters/conditions-in-the-west-bank-1.1943238

I read this article and the experiences of the people within it with a familiar feeling. While the examples in this article are UK specific, the general experiences that people highlighted bear similarities to those of people I meet through my daily work here in Ireland. As social workers we are more often than not the one's who support people in accessing their basic rights to food, shelter, income and education, to name a few. I wonder if any of you have any (anonymised) examples of the bureaucratic nightmares people here have to go through here in Ireland in order to secure basic income, basic services, food, clothing etc? I have plenty I could share. Maybe some service users would like to share their experiences themselves? If so, feel free to send any and all stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It would be great to gather a snapshot of people's experiences of trying to access their basic rights here in Ireland and what social workers are doing to support people in this. The article here should give you some idea of what you could contribute.

 

Link to article: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/05/even-the-sight-of-a-cv-would-give-me-an-anxiety-attack-guardian-readers-on-benefit-sanctions

This Saturday 26th July in Dublin there will be another march in solidarity with Palestine. Members of SWAN Ireland will be joining this march which is being organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

 

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