Dublin Peace Forum

WFWP Ireland: With the support of the Sisters of Faith for Peace, we had a very meaningful and fruitful event on September 20, 2015, marking the occasion of the International Day of Peace.

We were grateful to have had the opportunity to host the event in Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.

With this event we launched the ‘Dublin Peace Forum’ which is to bring like-minded people together from across all sectors of society and to provide a platform for discussion and networking.

In light of the current crisis we focused on the theme ‘EU migrant crisis and our Quest for Peace’.

We were delighted to have had participants both young and old. Aideen Byrne, a current student of DCU, did a wonderful job of MC’ing the event.

The first part of the program consisted of an introduction by Doris McCann/ WFWP Ireland/SFP , then Lorna Byrne reminded us of the urgency of all of us doing our part, and in particular the importance of young people getting involved. This was followed by a deeply moving personal testimony by Fardus Sultan about her own refugee experience 20 years ago, in Bosnia.

After that, Killian Raynor gave us a report on the hugely successful initiative called ‘Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity’.

The second part of the program consisted of breaking up into discussion groups which was a really valuable opportunity to discuss sensitive and complex issues and sound out our concerns as well as proposing initiatives.

We are all fully aware that the current migrant crisis is a complex situation, and there is no one simple solution, but let that not be an excuse to do nothing!

We would like to thank again all our sponsors, speakers and participants who helped to make this event a success.

 

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