26 February, 2014

Brief update: Ireland

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Category: Activism, National campaigns
Aileen Donegan
5 pm

Dia dhuit online activists and NHSM followers!

FINALLY something is happening in Ireland. After months of working on the campaign at European level, I’m finally getting to organise NHSM events in my home country!

National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)

The National Youth Council of Ireland has taken on the No Hate Speech Movement and is working toward raising awareness of it at national level. NYCI invited youth organisation and interest groups to a short, pre-committee meeting, which took place on the morning of 19 February.

Two dedicated Council of Europe representatives travelled to the event – Tina Mulcahy, Acting Head of the Youth Department of the COE and Bridget O’ Loughlin, Campaign co-ordinator of the NHSM at European level – and gave those present a rundown of what the campaign looks like across Europe; offline and online activities, NCCs and young people working together to promote the Movement.

I gave a speech at the event too, on what being an online activist was like – GREAT. The best things about this campaign are meeting like-minded people, activists, and working together to raise awareness of the destructive force of online hate speech.



I began volunteering for the campaign around this time last year. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been to many Council of Europe training courses and presented the campaign at many youth events too – I’ve met loads of young people working on this campaign! Having been taught about online hate speech and human rights education in the online sphere with over 40 other online activists last April the atmosphere and taste for change is evident.


Here’s hoping things more forward in Ireland on the campaign. We still have a long way to go. Our next meeting is happening on 7 March and we will decide on what form our committee will take. Wish us luck!



How is your campaign going? Got a little bit of news? Let us know at youth.nohatespeech@coe.int !

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