Who Are We?
Established in 1990, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland is a network of groups and individuals working against poverty. It is the Irish national network of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN Europe), which has two decades of experience in lobbying for progressive social change and anti-poverty initiatives across Ireland and Europe. The Mission of EAPN Ireland is ‘To put the eradication of poverty at the top of the Irish and European policy agenda and empower groups working to end poverty to understand and influence policy-making.’
EAPN Ireland is made up of over 170 local, regional and national anti-poverty organisations and individuals. EAPN Ireland supports members to influence national and European policy through training, information, collective action and networking. In the last number of years EAPN Ireland has worked on European and National policy and projects such as the implementation of Ireland’s National Action Plan for Social Inclusion, the Europe 2020 strategy, which includes a target to reduce poverty and social exclusion, and the European Minimum Income Network.
EAPN Ireland has supported participation in the annual national Social Inclusion Forum via dedicated workshops held across Ireland and regularly hold events across the country relating to issues around poverty and social inclusion, often linked to the EU. For example in in 2017 EAPN Ireland ran a series workshops and training events involving engaging with MEPs entitled ‘The EU, its Parliament and the fight against poverty’ and in 2019 held ‘Citizen’s Dialogue Workshops across Ireland on ‘the role of the EU in supporting more equal society’.
EAPN Ireland has also worked with members at local level and with associates at national level through campaigns like the Better Europe Alliance and the Community Platform.
EAPN Ireland is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development.
What we do
Research and Policy Analysis
The European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland has almost three decades of experience in expert research and policy analysis on national and EU policy related to poverty and social inclusion. Specific areas of expertise include the development, implementation and monitoring of anti-poverty and social inclusion strategies, access to adequate welfare supports and the link to services and decent jobs, the European Semester process, including the Europe 2020 Strategy and European Pillar of Social Rights. The EAPN (Europe) Secretariat in Brussels conducts research and sets out policy proposals on a range of issues pertaining to European social policy. EAPN Ireland has representatives on the EAPN (Europe) policy group and Board and actively contribute to and participate in its work. The Irish network undertakes complementary research and policy development – written for an Irish audience – to build national support for our efforts at European Level.
Lobbying and Advocacy
EAPN Ireland lobbies at local, national and European level in an effort to ensure that policy development is progressive and ‘poverty proofed’. EAPN Ireland’s lobbying and advocacy strategies include campaigns, meetings with party leaders and spokespeople, presentations to public servants and members of the Oireachtas, and the empowerment of our members and affiliates to lobby their own local representatives. EAPN Ireland lobbies on a range of issues including; the Irish budget, European policy to address poverty, the national action plan for social inclusion, the European Semester process as it related to ensuring delivery of social commitments (including the poverty target under the Europe 2020 Strategy and most recently the European Pillar of Social Rights), access to an adequate minimum income, the introduction of socio-economic status as a ground for discrimination, the Future of Europe debate and the European Parliament elections. . EAPN Ireland is a member of the community and voluntary sector in Ireland and frequently works with alliances.
Awareness and Communication
All activities in EAPN Ireland are supported by the communications strategy and initiatives include; a monthly e-newsletter, regular policy briefings, press releases, opinion editorials and the promotion of anti-poverty campaigns. EAPN Ireland is active on Facebook and Twitter and also on our online blog. EAPN Ireland representatives regularly contribute to discussions in the media on a range of issues including poverty statistics, social welfare provision, employment, and the future development of Europe.
EAPN Ireland’s philosophy is fundamentally concerned with building capacity at local and regional level and promoting the participation of people who experience poverty and social exclusion in policy and decision-making processes. EAPN Ireland is a membership organisation and works to empower – through training, information dissemination, advocacy, and alliance building – local and regional organisations committed to tackling poverty and social exclusion. EAPN Ireland regularly runs training sessions for community groups, public bodies and national organisations on a range of issues including lobbying the European institutions on many of the issues mentioned above.
Paul Ginnell, Director
Paul Ginnell was appointed Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland in January 2018 and had been Policy Officer there since 2005. He is co-chairperson of EAPN...Continue reading
Maureen Gondipon, Administration and Finance Officer
Maureen is the Administration and Finance Officer and she is responsible for all administrative aspects of our work; inputting, handling and maintaining financial data in our financial...Continue reading
Irene Byrne, Policy and Communications Officer
Irene is the policy and communications officer since March 2018. She is responsible for advocating on behalf of members around anti-poverty policyon a national and European basis...Continue reading
EAPN Ireland is controlled by its members through Annual General Meetings, which decide policy and elect a Managing Board. The Board is responsible to the members for the day-to-day management of the organisation EAPN Ireland. European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland Ltd, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered company number 214663.
Board members for the year 2020-2021 are:
- Aiden Lloyd, South Dublin Community Platform (Vice-Chairperson)
- Alphonse Basogomba, Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre (IDEC) Ireland
- Anne Loftus, Galway Theatre for Change (Irish Representative on the EAPN (Europe) Executive Committee)
- Farai Calvin Jeyacheya Zimbabwe Heritage Trust
- James Cawley, Independent Living Movement Ireland
- John Brennan, Irish Association of Social Workers
- Loraine Mulligan, SIPTU
- Michael Mackey, Simon Communities of Ireland and Galway Simon
- Michelle Kearns, National Traveller Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) (Chairperson)
- Sive Bresnihan, Comhlámh (Treasurer)
- Teresa Kearney, Longford Women’s Link
LIST OF MEMBERS
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Age & Opportunity, Aislinn Centre, Anne Loftus, AONTAS(Nat. Adult Learning Organisation), ATD Fourth World, Ballymote Family Resource Centre, Ballymun Job Centre, Ballyphehane/Togher CDP, Blakestown and Mountview Youth Initiative, Blue Drum: The Arts Specialist Support Agency, Brian Harvey, Capuchin Day Centre, Childhood Development Initiative Ltd., Children’s Rights Alliance, Clondalkin Travellers Dev. Group, Comhlamh, Community Law & Mediation Northside (CLM Northside), Concern Worldwide, Congress Centres Network, Cork City Council (SIU), Cork City Partnership, Cork Simon Community, Cork Traveller Womens Network, Corporate Community, County Clare VEC, County Kildare Leader Partnership, County Kilkenny Leader Partnership, County Wicklow Public Participation Network (PPN), Darndale Belcamp Resource Centre CDP, Deirdre Barrett, Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), Dolcain Project, Doras Bui – Parents Alone Resource Centre, Drogheda Community Forum, Dublin Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign, Dublin City Community Co-operative, Dundalk Simon Community, e-Dundalk.com, Equality Strategies Ltd., European Movement, Family Carers Ireland, Family Resource Centre National Forum, Fiona Duignan, Focus Ireland, Forum Connemara Ltd., Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), Galway City Partnership, Galway Rural Development, Galway Simon Community, Glenamaddy Community Dev Co, Gorey Youth Needs Group Ltd, Hospital Family Resource Centre, I.R.D. Duhallow, Inner City Renewal Group, Independent Living Movement Ireland, Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre (IDEC, Ireland), Irish Association of Social Workers, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Irish Council for Social Housing, Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), Irish National Organisations of the Unemployed, Irish Refugee Council, Irish Rural Link, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, Irish Traveller Movement, Janice Ransom, Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice, John Brennan, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Kevin P. O’Kelly, Knockanrawley Resource Centre CDP, Larkin Unemployed Centre, Leitrim Development Company,Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board, Limerick City CDP, Limerick County Community & Voluntary Forum, Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre, Longford Community Resources CLG, Longford Women’s Link, Lourdes Youth & Community Services, Louth County Council(Community & Enterprise), Louth Leader Partnership, M.S. Society of Ireland South East Region, Margo Gorman, Marie Corcoran-Tindill, Markiewicz Community Centre, Maureen Bassett, Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project, Mayo Intercultural Action, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Merchants Quay, Ireland, Mevagh Family Resource Centre, Michael Mackey, Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland, Monaghan Integrated Development, NASC – The Irish Immigrant Support Centre, National Council for (the status of) People with Disabilities CLG (NCPD), Nathan O’Connor, National Adult Literacy Agency NALA), National Economic & Social Council (NESC), National Traveller MABS, National Traveller Women’s Forum, National Youth Council of Ireland, NCCWN South Kerry, New Communities Partnership, NICHE Health Project (Cork), North East & West Kerry Development Company (NEWKD), Northside Family Resource Centre, The Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network Northside Partnership, National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), Offaly Traveller Movement, One Family, PAUL Partnership, Pavee Point, People’s College, Peter McVerry Trust, Presentation Sisters, Presentation Sisters Justice Desk, Rape Crisis Network (Ireland), Respond Housing Association, Rialto Community Network, Robin Hanan, Roscommon MABS, Rosses CDP, Ruhama Women’s Project, S.I.P.T.U, School Street Family Resource Centre, Simon Communities of Ireland, Simon Devilly, Social & Health Education Project, Society of St Vincent De Paul, South Dublin City Partnership, South Kerry Development Partnership, South West Wexford Community Dev Group, Southill Family Resource Centre, Southside Partnership, St. Andrews Resource Centre (CDP), St. Brigid’s Family and Community Centre, St. Michael’s Family Resource Centre CDP, St. Paul’s Community Project, Sunflower Recycling Limited, Tallaght Centre for the Unemployed, Tallaght Travellers CDP, TASC, Templeshannon Community & Childcare Centre Ltd, Theatre for Change Galway, The Men’s Development Network, The Rights Platform, The Wheel, Thelma Blehein, Threshold, Tipperary Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre Ltd, Togher Family Centre Ltd, Treoir, Tribli Ltd – Exchange house, Trustus We Care Limited, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice, Waterford & Wexford Education and Training Board, West Limerick Resources (WLR), West Training & Development, Western Local Social Inclusion Strategy, Wexford Local Development, Young Ballymun, Youth Work Ireland, Zimbabwe Heritage Trust.