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Issue 129: May 2005

Monitors, not minotaurs, for the North
Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) is looking for an additional 20 volunteers to add to its monitoring team. The aim of the monitoring project is to contribute to peace, order and improved relations in situations of communal tension - the success of the initiative in recent years has shown it to be a timely method of peacekeeping. If you are flexible, patient, impartial and willing to volunteer, induction training (3 sessions for all new volunteers) takes place in Belfast on 25th May, 1st June and 8th June. If you're interested, please contact Maire of Peter at MNI, phone 028 - 90438614, or e-mail MNI, 83 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP.

Afri Famine walk 2005; Right of migrant workers to organise
The Afri famine walk 2005 is on the theme of Supporting the Right of Migrant Workers to Organise - in the spirit of Mother Jones. It takes place on Saturday 28th May the 10 miles from Doolough to Louisburgh, Co Mayo, the walk beginning at 2pm (shuttle buses from Louisburgh from 1pm). Walk leaders are Andy Irvine, Said El Bouzari and Fr Pádraig Ó Máille. Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones (1830 - 1930) was born in West Cork and became a workers' rights champion in the USA . A bus from Dublin is bookable through Afri. Extra events on Friday 27th May from 8pm in Louisburgh Town Hall. Co-organised by Louisburgh Community Project. Afri is celebrating '30 Years of Action for Peace' as it was founded in 1975. Further details; Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, ph 01 - 8827563, e-mail and web
- In a special event to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Afri has its international patron Desmond Tutu speaking on 'War and Peace in the 21st Century" on 7th June at 7pm, central Dublin venue, admission €10; bookings to Afri.

World Culture of Peace Day, Cork
Nagasaki Day, Tuesday 9th August, has a day long programme of events organised by Gearóid Duffy of Pax Christi, beginning at 10.00 a.m. and running right through to an evening event starting at 8.30 p.m. Events include Journeys of hope - healing broken lives and restoring relationships at 11.00 a.m., a lunch time talk by Fr Alex Reid, 'Point of Light', a Peace Skills workshop on Inter-Personal Conflicts and Communication with Evelyn O'Callaghan-Burkhard, 4.15pm, a Prayerful Remembrance Gathering marking the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and commemorating all war victims, 7.00 pm. E-mail for full programme, all welcome and events free. Contact: Gearóid Duffy, ph 021 - 4541207, e-mail and web

Pax Christi Ireland
Meanwhile Pax Christi Ireland has been continuing its work, including a recent landmines campaign update tour with meetings in Belfast, Derry, Limerick, Galway and Cork. After the recent AGM, members of the executive committee are; President, Bishop Raymond Field, Spiritual Director Richard Sheehy, General Secretary Tony D'Costa, plus John Harkin, Ailish D'Costa, Sr Nuala Kennedy, Gearóid Duffy, Michael Prior and Fintan Mullally; the chairperson is Bryan Maguire. Membership for 2005 is €25/£20 or €10 unwaged. Pax Christi, 52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, ph 01 - 496 52 93, e-mail

Arms trade goes boom
INNATE and the Peace People are jointly organising a one day conference on the arms trade in Ireland and further afield, taking place at Frederick Street Friends Meeting House, Belfast on Saturday 21st May from 9.45 a.m. through to 4 p.m. Speakers include Mike Kavanagh (CAAT), Patrick Corrigan (AI), Peter Doran (FEIC) and Tim Hourigan (Limerick/Shannon). All interested welcome, £5 fee including light lunch (£3 unwaged). Please book via booking form to indicate potential workshop preferences. Phone queries 028 - 9029 3623, mobile 0771 - 5110517, e-mail or INNATE postal address.

Friends and FOEs
Friends of the Earth has recently opened an office in Dublin and is actively recruiting members in the Republic. With one million campaigners and supporters organised in 70 countries, Friends of the Earth is the world's largest network of environmental activists. Environmentally, it's clear Ireland is living over the limit. On climate we are failing to live up to our commitments to cut carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Rather than building peat-fired power stations we should be investing in renewable energy where Ireland could be a world leader. There is a mounting waste crisis. It's not made easy enough to reuse and recycle and yet the government is intent on building incinerators, which only encourage more waste production to keep them viable. Friends of the Earth produces quality research to identify practical solutions and mobilises members and local groups to press for change. Three local groups have already formed, in Clare, Kilkenny and Kerry. Individual members can join for as little as €40, €20 for students and unwaged. Supporters are urged to consider signing up as monthly contributors. After all, it is the members who guarantee the organisation's independence and influence. In future the website will offer all-comers the opportunity to take instant action online concerning the environmental challenges we face. For more details visit, contact the office at or +353-1-6794178. Postal address; 22 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.

Friends of the Earth in Northern Ireland is continuing to work hard on a variety of matters. It was been very active on sewage issues where the European Commission is now one step away from formal court action against the Department of the Environment (DOE). It is involved in campaigning on Kilroot power station's plans to extend its aging coal-fired plant. And of considerable use locally is a guide to fighting pollution written by FOE's Lisa Fagan; a copy can be downloaded from the website at or e-mail or phone. FOE, phone 028-9023 3488 or 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast BT1 2FN.

Peace Brigades International exhibition in Ireland
Peace Brigades International (PBI) bring its travelling photo exhibition to Northern Ireland where it will be
on show during May and June. It will start at the premises of Healing Trough Remembering on May 3rd (Alexander House, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD). It will then go to Corrymeela Ballycastle from May 23rd to 10th June. After that it is going to Derry to a place to be determined. We hope the tour will end in Dublin by the end of June. The exhibition, entitled 'Making Space for Peace', shows human rights defenders in some of the most volatile countries in the world going about their daily work, accompanied by PBI's volunteers. The exhibition seeks to capture the importance of international solidarity to human rights activists working under conditions of intense repression. It is composed of a series of powerful images of human rights defenders, peace communities and PBI volunteers. The photographs are accompanied by text explaining the context of PBI's work in these countries.
In response to requests, PBI sends volunteers out to Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Indonesia to accompany grassroots organisations working for justice, peace and human rights. These groups are routinely subjected to threats, intimidation and in some cases violence. PBI's presence sends a signal to potential aggressors that the international community intends to ee human rights upheld. For further information or if any group would like to have this exhibition exhibited in June, contact Roberta Bacic at See also

Body Awareness as a Tool for Conflict Transformation
This is a weekend workshop from Friday evening 27th May to Sunday 29th lunchtime with Kate Jobe and Joe Goodbread, taking place at the Junction, Bishop Street, Derry. Stress-related health problems are well known hazards of transforming conflict work; touching on the framework offered by Process Oriented Psychology, the seminar will focus on the body, to ease suffering under stress and tension and then as a resource for crafting novel interventions. Bookings a s a p with £50 deposit, full cost £120, to CDLI. Contact: Eamon Baker/Mary O'Connor, CDLI, 10 - 12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6P)W, phone 028 - 71377940, e-mail

Make Poverty History - Drop the Debt
There is a Dublin rally at the Spire of Dublin (a-spiring to end debt - Ed) on Thursday 30th June at 6.30pm organised by Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDC) on behalf of Make Poverty History - Irish Campaign. Meanwhile DDC's twelfth AGM takes place on Tuesday 24th May at 3pm in central Dublin, enquire for details; this will be followed by a Campaign Meeting and Action at 6pm at Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin, with a speaker, sharing of ideas, and Mystery White Band solidarity action. DDC Ireland, All Hallows, Gracepark Road, Dublin 9. Phone 01 - 8571828, e-mail and website

Amnesty International
Current priorities for Irish Amnesty International include working on the human rights crisis in Nepal where human rights defenders, and others, are abducted and imprisoned, and the media is totally muzzled. See here and here Work continues on corporate accountability, especially on justice for Bhopal as well as on other issues (violence against women, arms) and particular countries (Zimbabwe, Mexico, Israel and Occupied Territories). Further details on the website at Subscriptions are €40 individual, €10 unwaged or €60 household/couple (you can pay securely by credit card on the website). AI, 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, phone 01 - 677 6361

Irish AI has local groups in the following locations (listed geographically by county, details on website); Schull, Co Cork; Cork City; Clonakilty; Letterkenny, Co Donegal; Dun Laoghaire/Blackrock, Co Dublin; Dublin West; Rathgar; Dublin Central; Tallaght; Galway City; Tralee, Co Kerry; Kilkenny; Limerick; Dundalk, Co Louth; Kells, Co Meath; Tullamore, Co Offaly; Sligo; Cashel, Co Tipperary; Waterford; Wexford; Enniscorthy; North Wicklow/Bray, Co Wicklow.

Meath Peace Group: Bombings and their aftermath
Meath Peace Group invites you to a Public Talk "Bombings and their Aftermath - Birmingham and other experiences" on Monday 9th May 2005 in St. Columban's College, Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath at 8pm. Speakers: Michael Nangle (Lord Mayor of Birmingham) Jacinta de Paor (Co-ordinator, L.I.V.E. programme, Glencree Centre for Reconciliation). This talk is dedicated to the memory of Niall O'Brien, SSC. Further talks provisionally planned for Monday 23rd May and Monday 20th June. St. Columban's College, Dalgan Park, is situated on the N3 (Dublin to Navan road), c. 3 miles south of Navan (bus route 109). New website or phone 01-8259438.

Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland
This is the new name from early April of ECONI (Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland) which has been for 18 years to the forefront in challenging churches and Christians to think biblically about peacebuilding. Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland, Howard House, 1 Brunswick Street, Belfast BT2 7GE, phone 028 - 9032 5258, e-mail and web

Ploughshares weekly vigil, Dublin
There is a weekly Anti-War Vigil at the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin, 4-6pm each Monday; please consider joining or start your own vigil in your locality. 90,000 U.S. troops through Shannon in the first 3 months of this year. See http://www.PeaceOnTrial.Com or e-mail Phone: 087 - 918 4552.

Irish School of Ecumenics Courses
The Irish School of Ecumenics has three taught masters courses; an M.Phil in Reconciliation Studies (taught in Belfast) and International Peace Studies and Ecumenical Studies (both Dublin). In addition, ISE offer postgrad programmes leading to M.Litt. and Ph.D. degrees in these three areas. It has a Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies which is a one-year part-time evening postgraduate diploma, based in Dublin, plus adult education work etc. Further details at including information on fees. Dublin phone 01 - 260 1144, Belfast 028 - 9077 5010 Extended details below:

M.Litt. & Ph.D. Research Degree Programme
The doctoral programme at ISE is geared for students who want to pursue pure research in an interdisciplinary setting with supervision and support from the School's teaching staff in one of the four programme areas. Additionally, ISE is ideal for those whose research interests cross the axis of Ecumenical Studies, International Peace Studies, Reconciliation Studies and Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies. Email: and phone 01-206 0353.

M.Phil. in Ecumenical Studies
Ecumenical Studies focuses on three key arenas of dialogue in order to promote a critical understanding of relationships within and between traditions - dialogue within the Christian traditions, with other religious traditions, and with others committed to a study of the ethical dimensions of political engagement. Courses offered: World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue; Authority, Tradition and Experience; Ethics, Theology and Social Theory: Christian Ethics Between the Local and the Global; Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations; Identity, Truth and Power: Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology; Northern Ireland: Conflict and the Politics of Peace; Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations; Ethical Globalisation: The Religions in Global Civil Society; Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. Full-time for 12 months, part-time for 24months, one-term sabbaticals available. Email: and phone 01-2060353.

M.Phil. in International Peace Studies
International Peace Studies examines the problems of war and political violence from the perspectives of international relations, global justice and conflict resolution. A particular aim of the programme is to address the wider ethical and philosophical questions that arise through examining peace and war in the context of social sciences. Courses offered: The Politics of Peace and Conflict; The Politics of Development; International Politics; Ethics in International Affairs; Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence; The Politics of the Idea of Europe; Northern Ireland: Conflict and the Politics
of Peace; The United Nations and Peacekeeping; Human Rights in Theory and Practice; Gender, Conflict and Social Change; Contemporary Islamic Politics. Full-time for 12 months, part-time for 24 months, one-term sabbaticals
available. Email: and phone 01-218 0532.

M.Phil. in Reconciliation Studies (Belfast)
Reconciliation Studies seeks to develop a fuller, more complex, and more systematic understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to reconciliation. Students take five courses and are assessed on four including Dynamics of Reconciliation. Courses available currently are Dynamics of Reconciliation, Theology of Reconciliation, Conflict Transformation, Northern Ireland - Conflict and Reconciliation, Hermeneutics and Reconciliation, Resources for Reconciliation in World Religions, When the Fighting stops - Trauma and Healing in Individuals and Communities, Conflict and Corporate Identity - Ethnicity, Nationalism and Religion. Full-time for 12 months, part-time for 24 months; teaching takes place in Belfast over two 10-week terms, October-December and January-March. E-mail and phone 028 (048 from republic) - 9077 0087.

Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies
This one-year part-time evening postgraduate diploma, based in Dublin, is for those who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in conflict analysis, management and resolution. Those who complete the programme will have a deep understanding of the nature of conflict, the various Conflict Resolution processes available and how to apply them. Teaching takes place on two evenings a week. There are also two Saturday workshops. Email: and phone 01-218 0532.


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