Welcome to the 44th issue of the INOU’s e-Bulletin!
In this edition we feature articles including our analysis of what Budget 2021 offers for people in unemployment and poverty, as well as another article discussing key COVID-19 income supports. We also have an article celebrating the 21st anniversary of the INOU’s General Branch.‘Live Here, Work Here, Belong Here’ details the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland research survey results about undocumented people living and working in Ireland. We feature an article about how MABS, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, has adapted their services to suit COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure they could reach their clients in difficult times. Another article discusses the European Economic Social Committee Diversity Europe Group’s mission and newly-appointed president, Séamus Boland, the CEO of Irish Rural Link. A University College Cork research paper is detailed in ‘Work and thrive or claim and skive’, examining the stigma attached to unemployment and social welfare recipiency. We also have an article reviewing a report undertaken on the Community Services Programme, a programme funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Pobal. Author Michael Quinn writes about his book A History of Araby House, a historical account of Araby House, in which INOU has its headquarters. We also feature an article on the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland marking its 30 years of working to combat poverty. ‘A Personal Journey’ reflects the experiences of an INOU member and their journey through unemployment into fulfilment. And finally an inspirational poem written by the participants of INOU’s Local Training Initiative Shaping Futures.