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Cork Swapped Til It Dropped Again!

Evelyn Power, Global Citizen Award coordinator with EIL Intercultural Learning writes about the frenzy of fabric and colour that took place on Wednesday 16th September when the second madly successful Swap Til You Drop event took place in Cork. Were you one of the hundreds of savvy shoppers that filtered through the doors Camden Palace Cork with your reusable shopping tote in toe ready

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Recalling Our Fair Trade Pioneers.

For Focus94 Inese Japina spoke to Colm Ryder about Ireland’s coffee culture pioneers Colm Ryder is an environmental engineer by profession. He was an early member of Comhlámh and worked with Campaign Coffee Group in Comhlámh throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Colm told us about the development of fair trade in Ireland. How did the idea of importing Fairtrade coffee into the Irish market

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Just The TTIP?

In Focus94 Raémann Trádáil of the Comhlámh Trade Justice Group took a look at the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU. What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster, IS IT A MONSTER? as The Automatic once sang. They might well have been talking about the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU – “TTIP”,

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Where Now For Alternative Trade?

For Focus94 Eamon Murphy of Comhlámh’s Trade Justice Group discussed the future of Alternative Trade, now that the European elections are over. The European Elections have come and gone, and the results have been well dissected by the media. Eleven MEPs from across the political spectrum have taken their seats in Brussels and most people will now turn away, barely concerning themselves with the goings

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Podcast: Do We Need Trade Rather Than Aid?

Here’s a recording of last week’s edition of our regular #FirstWedsDebates in the Twisted Pepper. As part of Fair Trade Fortnight, we delved into the relationship between trade and aid. The proposition we tabled asked “Is the Trade not Aid mantra a smokescreen for greater penetration of northern business into southern economies?” It was a bit of a stellar line up and speakers included:

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Key Terms In The Trade Debate Explained.

In Focus87 Janet Horner and Deirdre Kelly explain a few of the key terms used in discussions on trade. Civil society: All civic and social organisations and movements that participate in a society, separate from the institutions of a government. Duty-free goods: Goods that are bought or sold between countries with no additional import or export tax. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs): Trade Deals being negotiated between European Union countries

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10 Reasons to Shout Louder about Unfair Trade

In Focus87 Deirdre Kelly reminds us of the importance of tackling global trade injustice. Before you finish eating breakfast this morning you’ve depended on more than half the world.’ (Martin Luther King Jr.) The half of the world we depend on to get our breakfast – tea, coffee, orange juice, bananas, sugar – is the poor half. This dependence is not just for breakfast

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