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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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#Focus97 Is Back From Print.

Focus Magazine is Ireland’s leading magazine on global development issues and is produced and edited by one of our Comhlámh member groups, it reflects the range of interests and hot topics being discussed by our members. The latest edition just arrived back form the printers. Here’s a list of the range of content covered: A photographer shares her experiences of using her art form

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Under the Blood Red Earth of Rubiales.

Comhlámh member John O’Shea took part in a convoy to investigate attacks on trade unionists in Colombia and filed this report. Beneath the picturesque landscape of the Rubiales fields, located southwards, down a dirt road from the town of Puerto Gaitan – Colombia, lies an abundance of oil under the crimson soil of a region torn apart by corruption, violence, and environmental degradation. On

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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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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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Justin Kilcullen Goes For The Senate.

Many years before he was the head of Trocaire, Justin Kilcullen spent two years working in Tanzania. When he came home, none of his friends could relate to his life changing experience. In this video he told us how: Comhlamh was somewhere I could meet like-minded people who had similar experiences and together that we could begin to do something to help continue the

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So Who Took The #AlternativeTrade Mandate Pledge?

  The elections are almost upon us, and the campaign for the Alternative Trade Mandate is well underway. Grainne O’Neill looks at how the campaign is faring. The Comhlámh Trade Justice group have been at the forefront of promoting this campaign here in Ireland – a Europe-wide campaign which has so far secured the commitment of more than 185 MEP candidates across Europe. The

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Do Everyday Goods Fuel War?

Wars in developing countries may seem remote from us in Ireland. In Focus76 Derek O’Halloran wrote that the link may be as close as the humble can of beans. From expensive luxuries like diamonds, to mundane necessities like tin cans and mobile phone components, many of the goods we use in our daily lives come from conflict regions. Because of a lack of accountability and traceability, our

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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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