Stand Up! – Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying

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This is an excellent video from  Belong To on Homophobia and bullying. Do watch it.

Irish anti homophobic bullying advertisement, created as part of BeLonG To Youth Services annual Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Weeks. The campaign promotes friendship amongst young people as a way to combat homophobic bullying.

For more information on the campaign please see:

Written & Directed by Anna Rodgers & Aoife Kelleher
Produced by Zlata Filipovic

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There are talks that an LGBT Awareness week will be happening in Cork in the lead up to the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). When details emerge I will of course blog them.

Some scary figures

Things aren’t looking well for the Irish Economy at the moment and a few numbers seem to look fairly ominous for the economy and therefore the rest of us. supplies one of the figures which is actually a Debt Clock tracking the Irish Governments Debt which currently stands at over 64 billion euro. That is a shocking figure which we and our children will have to pay off.

The second figure comes from a press release by Deirdre Clune of Fine Gael on the issue of Youth Unemployment (found via Youth Politics on facebook)

“Figures released by the CSO show that youth unemployment has jumped by 170.9% in the last two years. In June 2007, just two years ago, 33,872 people under the age of 25 were on the Live Register. This had increased to 91,755 by June 2009.

“This represents some 57,833 young people joining the live register in the last 24 months. The devastating effect this is having on these young people and their families cannot be displayed in figures and graphs. But it does exist, and it is being ignored.

“Youth unemployment growth of 171% in this two year period has been well above the national average of 151.6%. Young people are clearly facing the brunt of the economic downturn.

That isn’t great news for us young people in Ireland.

The thrid figure is from the recent IMF report on Ireland which shows that the Irish Economy is worst placed among the developed countries

GDP is projected to contract by 13½ percent through 2010, the largest among advanced economies

Read full report (PDF)

Things aren’t looking well at the moment, when will they pick up? Who knows. It depends on what the Government does and how well it does it.

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TeenCamp Ireland

There is a name and a website and a registartion form! What are you still doing here? Get over there and sign up!

But well done to @endac and @designneverdies and who ever else is helping out!

Youth Tech Event – The Yewt Meetup

@Endac and others are organising a Youth Tech event and want ideas and stuff! take a pop over to and give some!

Also spread the word!

Update: Alan is also helping to organise it so tell him your ideas too!

Hanafin’s bluff won’t disguise educational psychological services mess – Enright

51% of primary schools still not covered by NEPS
When will target for educational psychologists – set in 1999 – be met?

Olwyn Enright TD, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Education and Science has today (Thursday) said that Minister Mary Hanafin cannot bluff her way out of the current mess surrounding access to educational psychological services for children and young people.

‘Speaking on RTE Morning Ireland today, Minister Mary Hanafin stated that Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats are constantly expanding the services offered by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS). In many homes, this statement will have been greeted with a hollow laugh.

‘Between February 2005 and December 2006, the number of primary schools without access to the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) increased by 160. Information released to me by the Department of Education and Science confirms that whilst 1,522 primary schools were not covered by NEPS in February 2005, this figure was up to 1,682 schools last month.

‘In her latest damage limitation exercise, the Minister has also announced the recruitment this year of an additional 31 educational psychologists. This means that by 2008 the target of 184 educational psychologists needed by NEPS – which was set in 1999 and should have been met by 2004 – will still be little more than a ‘noble aspiration’, an increasingly apt phrase when looking at this Government’s record in education.

‘With considerable understatement, Minister Hanafin did concede that not every school in the country was covered by NEPS – well, that’s one way of acknowledging that 51% of primary schools are still outside the system, eights years after it was first established.

‘Minister Hanafin is still just playing ‘catch-up’ on this issue, and has not even begun to consider the demands that are coming down the track for Ireland’s education system. Department of Education figures show that the number of children in primary education will increase by at least 58,000, but where is the planning now to ensure that these children will have access to a proper, working service by the time they are in the system?

‘Minister Hanafin also referred – repeatedly – to the scheme for commissioning private psychological assessments which is available to schools. She did not acknowledge, though she knows full well, that many schools have far more students who require assessment than they are allowed to commission privately. The scheme for commissioning private assessments is in no way an alternative to the full roll out of NEPS services.

‘Finally, Minister Hanafin seemed to suggest that the St Vincent de Paul charity were in some way misguided in spending their money commissioning psychological assessments for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul can certainly speak for themselves, but given the facts – the appalling access to the service, the considerable regional imbalances in access to NEPS, and the restrictions on the number of private assessments that can be commissioned – I believe that the Minister is on thin ice here as well.’

Jingle Bell Bopp! @ Filmbase, 21st December, 8pm

Under 18s Lesbian Gay Bi & Trans D.I.S.C.O.

BeLonG To Youth Project brings you Dublin’s only under 18’s LGBT club night – returning for its fifth and bestest Bopp!

Doors €5. Open at 8pm at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar.

Expect fabulous frolics, pretty performers, elfish excitement, and a Rockin Robin inspired disco.

Everyone is welcome, so spread the word and bring your straight friends and your neighbour’s reindeer.

BeLonG To Youth Project works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) young people in Ireland. It supports and resources them to actively participate in the world around them, and provides them with a space where they can experience inclusion, acceptance, social justice, fun and safety.

BeLonG To meets every Sunday (for LGBT youth aged 14-23): 3.30 – 6pm

PSA’s and stuff on youtube

Public Service Announcement by Erase The Hate National Organization. PLEASE NOTE: Some of the images contained in this PSA may be too graphic for some people. Viewer Discretion is Advised.

ILGA Adoption Ad

Amercanized version of a popular Nowegian Ad about LGBT Youth

Absolute Cut Ad

Continued: What will you ask the politicians that knock on your door?

Continued: What will you ask the politicians that knock on your door?

Here are more responses

Frank O’Regan, Cork:

1. Why are the government actively trying to create unemployment in the Fermoy region with risk equalisation, It is anti competitive

2. What are your plans for the radical overhall of the Health Servie to get it working properly, there are too many administration jobs and not enough doctors and nurses

3. The rights of the victim needs to be reasserted, a criminal should not have any rights and it should be remembers that they are in prison for commiting a crime and prison should refelct this. Enforcement and longer minimum terms are required.

4. There needs to be a defined and sustained investment in our roads infastructure.

5. There needs to be an overhall of the motor tax system and motor tax should be charged on the Petrol so the more you drive the more you pay, not on the size of your engine.

Laura O’Connor, Cork:

1. What is their policy on bulling in schools? And do they think the department of education guidelines are sufficient to cope with the increasing level of bullying in Ireland today?

2. Health system-There needs to be more accountability from consultants, doctors and nurses for the care, diagnosis etc of their patients. What reforms would your party make?

3. Nursing homes-the cost. How would they bring it down?

4. Boy racers, drink driving etc. Its becoming a ridiculous problem in Ireland, harsher measures need to be enforced. What would you prop to do?

Teens in bid to reduce number of Belfast suicides

Two Belfast teenagers are at the centre of a new bid to cut the city’s suicide rates from 150 a year, it emerged today.

Caitlín Ní Cathail and Paul McCann have become the youngest team ever to be trained in internationally renowned techniques to recognise the symptoms before it’s too late.

The pair attended a conference in Newfoundland, Canada, to partake in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

The initiative, developed over 23 years, involves a first-aid process to detect any warning signs and intervene.

Mr McCann, 19, a student from west Belfast’s Lower Falls, said: “It’s to help recognise the basic concept of suicide and symptoms such as stress and giving away possessions and act on them.

“We see ourselves as care workers trying to pull people out of the river of suicide.”

Mr McCann and Ms Ní Cathail, both 18, from Ballymurphy, west Belfast, work with Belfast City Council’s Youth Forum, where they are teaching colleagues about what can be done to protect those at risk.

They are also planning to run a course for staff working in the community and team up with the Samaritans to put on a play at City Hall in December to raise awareness of the difficulties facing some of the most vulnerable at Christmas.

“We would like as many people as possible to come along,” said Mr McCann.

“Suicide is something people find hard to talk about, but we need to start looking closely at what we can do to intervene before it happens.”

He added: “The Youth Forum has identified suicide as a major area of concern and has drawn up a strategy to help tackle it.

“We aim to raise awareness among as many people as possible, highlighting the effects suicide has on our community.

“There is often a great stigma or taboo around suicide which may prevent people reaching out for help.

“However, they often give involuntary signals that they are thinking about it and if we can pick these up we can apply first aid until the necessary help is forthcoming. In this way ASIST is proven to work and it helps save lives.”


Continued: What will you ask the politicians that knock on your door?

Continued: What will you ask the politicians that knock on your door?

Bryan Lynch, Cork:

Will your party work to repeal the racist Irish Nationality Law which came into effect on January 1st 2005?

Will your party reverse the general trend of supporting sickeningly populist policies on immigration?

Will your party provide more funding for third level education?

Will your party consider developing a service to provide free health care similar to that of the British NHS?

Will your party take the lead in purging the following from our society: racists, homophobes, Euro-skeptics and Fenians, in order to make The Republic of Ireland a much nicer place to live?