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Edmund Rice International visit to the United Nations

The College was represented at the United Nations on the 4th of May by Miss Ashton and Mr Toal as part of its support for Edmund Rice International (ERI) with which the College is proudly associated.

ERI led a presentation relating to its work in the field of helping asylum seekers in the UK and was supported by The Trussell Group who were highlighting the issue of Foodbanks and The Welcome Organisation who support the homeless in Northern Ireland.

Each group provided submissions to the UN as part of the Universal Period Review of the United Kingdom Government record on Human Rights. The work of the UK Government was subjected to scrutiny by each member of the gathered nations with several making recommendations to the UK Government on how its record can improve.

ERI advocates a deeper awareness of the plight of those groups on the very margins of society which include asylum seekers, the homeless and families forced to use foodbanks as a mechanism for coping.

ERI remains committed to holding the UK Government to account for its responsibility to the weak and summarised its final submission in the following way

“Give to the poor in handfuls”

This is a quote attributable to the writings of Blessed Edmund Rice upon whose life and legacy Edmund Rice International is founded

Blessed Edmund was a missionary, humanitarian and visionary in and for the advocacy of Human Rights; especially for the poor and marginalised

On the 5th of May the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Blessed Edmund. Therefore it is somewhat apposite that Edmund Rice International presents and promotes its work in such an esteemed environment as the United Nations, at this particular time

Edmund’s vision remains a practical philosophy of life intended to enable and thus ennoble its proponents and more importantly its beneficiaries.

ERI, and its associated agencies, exist, inter alia, to globalise local issues and localise global issues. In its endeavours it celebrates and advocates

Compassion as its foundation

Education as its focus and

Justice at its future.

Mr J. Toal