And here’s to you Mrs Mary Robinson

By Susan McKay Irish News Columnist 26/08/08 There’s something about Mary Robinson. As one of the world’s leading human rights activists, she is a formidable woman and an outstandingly brave one. She moves among world leaders and is a personal friend of Nelson Mandela’s. But she has not lost her belief in the importance of … Read more

Robinson criticises plan to merge human rights bodies

Robinson criticises plan to merge human rights bodies Mary Robinson: human rights bodies “need to be invigorated” SUSAN McKAY IRISH TIMES 25 AUGUST 2008 CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT COMMEMORATION: FORMER PRESIDENT Mary Robinson has sharply criticised a Government proposal to merge a number of human rights agencies. Speaking yesterday, she said bodies like the Equality Authority … Read more

FREE DERRY CORNER CIVIL RIGHTS MURAL UNVEILING

THE PUBLIC are being invited to attend the unveiling of a mural at Free Derry Corner this Friday, August 29th @ 2.30 pm which will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Derry’s first civil rights march on October 5th 1968. Civil rights veterans, some of whom became prominent politicians, former residents of Springtown Camp, trade unionists, … Read more

Presentations From The Summer School

Below are copies of some of the presentations from the McCluskey Civil Rights Summer School. Please note they are available in both Powerpoint and PDF formats. For printing and ease of use the PDF is probably the best one to download. Seamus McAleavey, NICVA, Poverty In Northern Ireland: poverty-presentation(powerpoint) poverty-presentation(PDF) Racism in the North of … Read more

SPEECH BY BRID RODGERS TO MCCLUSKEY SUMMER SCHOOL 23 AUGUST 2008 CARLINGFORD

Coming to live in Northern Ireland in 1960 was for me a culture shock. My first experience of democracy Northern Ireland style was when I went to vote.  The choice was between abstentionist republican, labour and Ulster unionist.  Seeing abstentionism as a wasted vote I had decided to vote labour.  On presenting my voting card … Read more

Memorial Stone Commemorates March

By Ashleigh McDonald – Originally Published: Irish News 25 August 2008 A MEMORIAL stone to commemorate the first ever civil rights march in Northern Ireland was unveiled this weekend in the centre of Coalisland. Around 300 people attended the unveiling, which took place in the Co Tyrone town on Saturday afternoon. Yesterday marked the 40th … Read more

Event: THE McCLUSKEY CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL

“40 Years On – The Civil Rights Challenges in Ireland Today – Tackling Poverty, Sectarianism, Racism and Inequality” Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 August 2008 in Holy Trinity Church, Carlingford, Co Louth Speakers include: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland Bernadette McAliskey Michael Farrell Brid Rodgers and others from the political and voluntary sectors North … Read more

Derry Housing Action Committee [D.H.A.C]

Click on an image to view the large version Originally published: Reality, No. 7, Centre Pages ’68      D.H.A.C.      ’69   On a cold February day last year four women and two young men sat in the Corporation Housing Dept. discussing the housing position in the city, and in particular the case of the four women … Read more