Statement of support from SWAN Ireland to the Paris Bakery Workers


We encourage all SWAN supporters to visit the workers at the bakery to pledge their support and offer any assistance they can e.g. some food, some kind words, some practical assistance if needed.

If you wish to offer some financial assistance you can do so through the Migrant Rights Centre here:

We also encourage SWAN supporters to sign this petition:





Oxford Conference 28th June: The Crisis in Mental Health Services

In response, the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) has developed a charter for mental health, which activists can use to campaign around both locally and nationally. The conference at Ruskin College will include workshops on a range of topics in relation to the crisis in mental health services and is open to everyone. The conference will be promoting and encouraging people to sign up to the charter, which is available to download here. Hard copies of the charter will be available on the day.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Peter Beresford, service user, Chair of Shaping Our Lives and Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University.

The event, which runs from 10:00 – 16:00, is hosted by Ruskin College and kindly sponsored by Ruskin UCU. The location of the event is Ruskin College, Dunstan Road, Oxford OX3 9BZ.

Admission fees will be £12 waged and £6 unwaged (this includes refreshments). Payment will shortly be able to be made online, but in the meantime all queries and expressions of interest should go to dmcdermott [at]

A flyer for the event can be downloaded below. 

Reminder: SWAN Dublin Monthly Meeting

Don’t forget that the monthly Social Work Action network Ireland Dublin meeting is on this Thursday. Come along and get involved!

Venue: Seomra Sproai, 10 Belvedere Court, Off Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

Time : 7-8.30pm

Date: Thursday May 22nd.


See poster for full details


Demo in Wicklow against cuts to disability services


An opportunity has arisen as Enda Kenny is visiting The Local Enterprise office Campus, Clermont, Rathnew, Co Wicklow at 11.30 am. We have only just found out about this so are seizing the moment.

We invite all disabled people (their families, friends & supporters) to protest on behalf of all disabled people, ill people & elderly people who may not be able to join us. it is NOT a party political event though of course an local election candidates are welcome to join us.

The only banners please are SCISSORS. See attached picture.

We are arranging a scissor making evening tomorrow Wednesday in Greystones at 7pm to 9pm (pm me for address) . As well as a planning meeting, we have fliers to distribute.

If you are thinking of coming on the demo and would like to make scissors you will need…

1.I sheet ‘foam board’ sheet red card same size
3.craft blade (disposable)
5.Large black felt-tip pen

All obtainable from the art and hobby shop Blacklion.

Also you might like to bring some food to share. Let’s make a fun evening of it.

Please share this with anyone who you think might like to come. if you can’t come to make scissors tomorrow evening you can make your own at home.

Draw out a scissors on foam board 62cm from tip of scissors to furthest edge of handle. Cut carefully with blade resting the foam board on a hard flat surface. Two things to be careful of, 1) foam board is easily bent, 2) going through board with blade and cutting/scratching hard surface and …it’s a damn sharp blade be careful. children to be supervised. trace scissors onto red paper, cut out with scissors. Stick on one side of scissors with pritt. Write clear SHORT slogan !

Tell us if you are coming by email or PM.

Love to see you, tomorrow evening or Thursday morning”.

Margaret’s facebook page can be found here:

Housing Crisis Protest: RENT CONTROLS NOW

Housing Crisis Protest:  RENT CONTROLS NOW


Join the Social Work Action Network Ireland in supporting and attending this direct action event

As people working on the frontline and as those living in these dire situations every day, we need to get together and fight this housing and homelessness crisis

Build social housing
SAT 10th MAY 2pm – 4pm
City Hall, Dame Street

Called by Anti Austerity Alliance,
Paul Murphy MEP

Living in Limbo:Direct Provision in Galway, Ireland

 Do you know about the situation of asylum seekers in Galway?
What is it like to live in direct provision?
What can be done to support those who are?
The Galway Integration Consortium are organising an awareness raising session on the issue of direct provision.
The even will be addressed by asylum seekers currently living in Galway, the Galway city manager, Brendan McGrath and chaired by Anastasia Crickley, Irish representative and Vice President of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination
FRIDAY MAY 9th in CITY HALL at 11am
See poster for more details.