A Call to Action on the People of Ireland - Walking as One for an Inclusive Society

A Call to Action on the People of Ireland - Walking as One for an Inclusive Society

Let's Walk as One! Let's commit together to design and implement the best social inclusion plan ever!

Why is this important?

2017 markek twenty years since Ireland’s first comprehensive plan to address poverty: the National Anti-Poverty Strategy 1997-2006.

2018 marks key anniversary for End Poverty activists and for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! The 30th anniversary of the death of Joseph Wresinski, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (who launched the Make Poverty History Campaign) and the 70 years of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In February 2018 our Government launched a public consultation to inform the drafting of a new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2018-2021 and aims to publish a new plan in the coming months.

We believe that Ireland needs a new Integrated Framework for Social Inclusion, to tackle inequality and poverty.

We know Ireland faces major challenges:
- a Housing Crisis
- SlainteCare’s vision of a better and fairer health system is still unrealised
- how to implement the 17 Goals set down in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
If we are serious about tackling these issues, and serious about lifting people out of poverty and eliminating its causes, we must have a consistent, comprehensive plan to address poverty and social exclusion.

Such a plan will only succeed if it is owned by civil society at large and also by the people experiencing poverty, not just politicians and the organisations that work to combat inequality and exclusion. We seek a new approach.

Let's bring everyone who wants to make a difference together! All stakeholders: public bodies, teachers, trainers and researchers, businesses and services, youth groups and pensioners, and the people who fight against the poverty and stigma that they experience.

Let's say:

"We – citizens, workers, leaders, managers, carers, parents – are ready to be part of the plan. We all need to own this plan: to know the goals and own them.

Together we wish to take part in a strong participatory process to make the next Anti-Poverty Plan the best ever. Those who live with poverty and social exclusion deserve it. They also should have the opportunity help develop this new plan. And when the plan is in place they should be able to play their part to ensure it is implemented.

I have a role to play and I support this call to action and would like to be involve in the design, implementation and monitoring of our common plan!”

Let us leave no one behind! All together in dignity!

How it will be delivered

This call to action has been launched in Leinster House on End Poverty Day 17 October 2017. ATD Ireland & other goups are now collecting signatures. The End Poverty Day 2018 on 17 July will be a first date to assess this mobilisation. Responding to the feedback this call generates from citizens around the country, ATD plans to initiate a dialogue with the signatories and with the team of the Minister Regina Doherty in charge of the preparation and the implementation of the plan.

Reasons for signing

  • to ensure that government commitments to reduce poverty are translated into meaningful actions in dialogue with people in poverty.


2018-09-23 23:08:09 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-11-02 17:43:53 +0000

10 signatures reached