On April 10th 2014 the direct provision system in Ireland will be 14 years old. The Social Work Action Network Ireland is joining with other organisations and civil society groups in Ireland to demand that this discriminatory system be ended immediately. The Social Work Action Network Ireland (SWAN Ireland) is a network of social work practitioners, social care practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users. We campaign on issues of social justice and human rights and defend against cuts to social services in Ireland.

Here is the text of an emergency motion passed at the recent Union of Students Ireland congress supporting the SWAN Ireland campaign against the introduction of a new "graduate scheme" in the Child and Family Agency


The Social Work Action Network (Ireland) strongly condemns the Irish government’s recent decision to stop the crucial Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes. This sudden decision was made on foot of a two year warning the Ombudsman Emily Reilly had given the government. She had advised the government that the schemes as they stood were in breach of equality legislation as they weren’t available to people over 66 years of age.

Dear SWAN Ireland friends,

The new year is well underway and plans to progress the Social Work Action Network Ireland are in progress.  It was agreed at the SWAN conference in November 2013 that an All-Ireland steering committee would be established. The preference is for as many parts of the country as possible to be involved and to be represented on the steering committee. So far representatives from Cork, Galway and Dublin have come forward to be on the committee. 

The SWAN Ireland winter bulletin 2012 is now available to download. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this edition of the bulletin. The amount of hard work and effort that has gone into establishing SWAN Ireland in the past few months is fantastic and exciting to see. We hope that 2013 will bring even more radical social workers, social care workers etc out in force!


  • Tuam babies: How the English ‘sent back’ unmarried mothers to Ireland

Policy Press author, academic and SWAN Ireland member Paul Michael Garrett discusses the issues surrounding unmarried mothers in his book "Social work and Irish people in Britain". This blog post looks at this topic and touches on the recent story covering the headlines in Ireland, the Tuam babies.

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