Organisations in Diversity and Inclusion

This section will focus on companies and large organisations doing interesting things in the area of diversity and inclusion in Ireland.


Access Earth – creating the world’s largest database of accessiblity information, so everyone can plan their adventures and experience what the world has to offer.

Matt McCann founded Access Earth in 2015, as he found it difficult to travel and ensure that the places he’s visiting had the required accessibility information for him to access with his mobility aids. What started out as an idea in the Microsoft’s Imagine cup has now turned into an accessibility enablement platform that will bring all organisations and staff from compliance to excellence in accessibility. Matt, his co-founder … Continue reading Access Earth – creating the world’s largest database of accessiblity information, so everyone can plan their adventures and experience what the world has to offer.

The Code Institute – helping to bridge the skills gap for underrepresented groups in the tech sector

Created in 2015, The Code Institute is one of the most successful companies in the Edtech sector. It specialises in being a “a global leader in delivering coding skills that help people switch to a career in software development within a year. Demand for software developers is rapidly escalating as digitisation accelerates, and hundreds of thousands of new roles open up every month. Our online-programmes give learners a direct … Continue reading The Code Institute – helping to bridge the skills gap for underrepresented groups in the tech sector

Products and services that can assist people with Dyslexia in education or the workplace

It’s said that dyslexia affects approximately 10-15% of the population. While there are many negative stereotypes about the condition, LinkedIn has recently added “dyslexic thinking” as a skill on their website, due to the positive effects the condition can give a person. Two of the most viewed articles on my website area ‘Irish Start-up Founders Embracing Their Dyslexia’ and ‘Leaders of Medium or Large Organisations in Ireland who have … Continue reading Products and services that can assist people with Dyslexia in education or the workplace

CWIT – An Irish company that’s reducing the gender gap for women in technology-based companies now, and for generations to come

A unique business, CWIT was created in 2009 by the Irish subsidiaries of Accenture, Dell Technologies and Microsoft in order to address the gender imbalance in technology companies. 13 year on, it’s grown to over 20 members, with most of the major technology companies in Ireland within that membership. The company is now on a mission to support women currently in the workforce, to assist the next generation in … Continue reading CWIT – An Irish company that’s reducing the gender gap for women in technology-based companies now, and for generations to come

The B!G Idea – Equipping transition year students with a creative mindset to tackle the biggest problems society faces.

Launched in 2021, The B!G Idea was created by Kim Mackenzie-Doyle with a vision to challenge Ireland’s 15-19 year olds to learn new skills that would help them create ideas for solving problems in their local schools or communities. The 12-week programme looks at all areas of creativity. In 2022 over 2500 young people from Transition Year, LCA and Youthreach have experienced The B!G Idea, supported by 501 industry … Continue reading The B!G Idea – Equipping transition year students with a creative mindset to tackle the biggest problems society faces.

Articulate Digital Business – Helping businesses transform their online presence

Vandita Agarwal always had a passion for story telling and creativity. Having qualified from college with an undergraduate degree in Delhi, Vandita moved to Dublin to complete her masters. Having worked as a freelancer, Vandita then created Articulate Digital Business. an agency that improves clients’ online space through innovative use of new technology  My Entrepreneurship Journey was started by the boom of my career as a writer in my … Continue reading Articulate Digital Business – Helping businesses transform their online presence

Websites that are powering Diversity and Inclusion recruitment in Ireland

One of my most successful articles was job coaching services for people with disabilities in Ireland. This article was then published by ThinkBusiness.ie. However, it’s one thing to be coached about how to get a job. The challenge is to find, apply, be interviewed and be welcomed into the company. So where are the best places on the Internet to find a job in Ireland? We all know about … Continue reading Websites that are powering Diversity and Inclusion recruitment in Ireland

First Swim – The first purpose built baby and todler swimming facility in Ireland

Colin Mac Andrias is a former diving instructor and course director at Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Having previously been based in London and Egypt, Colin sold his house in London and moved back to their native Dublin to create First Swim, Ireland’s first purpose built swimming factilate built to specifically for babies and toddlers to learn how to swim What’s your origin story for being an entrepreneur? Not … Continue reading First Swim – The first purpose built baby and todler swimming facility in Ireland

Chiru making clothes shopping more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable

Created by two NCAD students, following an idea developed at a hackathon in Dublin, Chiuru is an app that brings fashion into the cirular ecomony by connecting retailers particularly vintage, charity and textile repair shops together with the consumers that want to end fast fashion and purchase clothes in a sustainable way. Having met the co-founders at The Dublin Tech Summit, I interviewed Roisin Marah to find out more: … Continue reading Chiru making clothes shopping more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable

2GoCup- reducing single use cups and increasing sustainability in the coffee sector

You often hear of the problem of single use plastic. However another issue Kevin Murphy spotted was good quality compostable paper cups been thrown away by the consumer. He created 2GoCup a reuseable cup solution for coffee shops and other retail outlets to reduce the amount of cups going to landfill and increase sustainability in the coffee shop industry. What was your background before becoming an entrepreneur? I probably … Continue reading 2GoCup- reducing single use cups and increasing sustainability in the coffee sector

Down Syndrome Ireland – advocating for people with Down Syndrome, their families and professionals

1 in 444 babies born in Ireland are born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome happens when you are born with an extra chromosome inside your body. Down syndrome affects everyone differently, but it does have an impact on physical, mental, and emotional development and can be diagnosed with other conditions too. With unemployment rates at above 90% for people with Down syndrome I caught up with Aoife Gaffney, Head … Continue reading Down Syndrome Ireland – advocating for people with Down Syndrome, their families and professionals

Umoja linn creating a marketplace to make African fashions more accessible to the public

Co-Founders China and Liswa met while studying in NUI Galway. Having spotted a gap in the fashion market for African designed fashion brands the two women decided to create Umoja Production but later rebranded  the company to Umoja linn (Umoja means Unity in Swahili, and linn means ‘by us’ in Irish). The pair have created a marketplace for African inspired fashion and now work with more than 15 designers, … Continue reading Umoja linn creating a marketplace to make African fashions more accessible to the public

Triest Press – Giving employment opportunities to people with disabilities in Rosscommon

Triest Press is a social enterprise based in county Roscommon. A full service printing service the company specialises in employing people with disabilties. I interviewed Deborah Tierney Business Development Coordinator at Triest Press to find out more What’s the Triest Press origin story? How have you grown since? Triest Press was set up by members of the Brothers of Charity services in 1987 following the expressed desire of their … Continue reading Triest Press – Giving employment opportunities to people with disabilities in Rosscommon

ReFunk Upcycling – reducing waste by extending the life-span of furniture through upcycling and repairing.

Having met in Trinity College, the female founded and led company now specialises in repurposing old furniture Refunk Upcycling is now one of Ireland fast growing businesses in the area of Upcycling and Sustainability. Having been accepted into several prestigious accelerator programmes  such as LaunchBox Accelerator Programme, Circuleire and ClimAccelerator Programmes, and took part in Enterprise Ireland’s Starting Strong 2022 Cohort. The founders have been featured in The Irish … Continue reading ReFunk Upcycling – reducing waste by extending the life-span of furniture through upcycling and repairing.

Rangam – Global inclusion job coaching service for people from under-represented groups opens in Ireland

The Irish job coaching market has gone from strength to strength in recent times, as companies increase their talent pool by tapping into under-represented groups. I have previously wrote an article for Thinkbusiness.ie about job coaching services available to people with disabilities in Ireland. However Rangam is the latest entrant into the market. ThinkBusiness.ie described Rangam as ” Rangam is a minority, woman, and disability-owned workforce solutions company with … Continue reading Rangam – Global inclusion job coaching service for people from under-represented groups opens in Ireland

Irish businesses to follow from The Dublin Tech Summit

After 2 years away, The Dublin Tech Summit took place on the 15th and 16th June. The fastest growing tech summit in Europe and the largest corporate event to take place so far in Ireland since the relaxation of Covid-19 measures. With over 1,000  people in attendance, with 200 speakers, 50 corporate partners and 150 start-up’s from around the world, Padraig Reidy’s Vision X programme for start-up’s was one … Continue reading Irish businesses to follow from The Dublin Tech Summit

YourY Network is creating a community for social entrepreneurs through events and networking

Leyla Karaha created YourY Network having experienced some of the isolation founders feel when creating their business. The organisation has gone on to create 18 events and had nearly 1,000 attendees. With Your Network annoucing their first hybrid (in-person and online) event on the 28th of June 2022, I interviewed Leyla to get more background about the organisation. What’s your background before you became an entrepreneur? My background is … Continue reading YourY Network is creating a community for social entrepreneurs through events and networking

Compassion Connects – The utilisation of the science of compassion, based on sensitivity to suffering, wisdom and the commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering.

Having worked across various roles in the UK, Shaun Adams came to Ireland in 2012 to specialise in helping the Diversity and Inclusion sector. Shaun worked for The Psychological Society of Ireland and Aspire Productions, as well as currently with The Irish Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (ICCFT), before spotting a gap in the market to widen the reach of the science of compassion. 1. What’s your background before … Continue reading Compassion Connects – The utilisation of the science of compassion, based on sensitivity to suffering, wisdom and the commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering.

Shona.ie Helping Irish teenaged girls figure things out

One of the most successful social enterprises in Ireland, The Shona Project works with schools and organisations for young people, to help teenaged girls to in their words “Figuring out who we are, and where we fit into this world is hard, and there are so many challenges; anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, boys, family drama, social media, exams stress, hormones, sexuality, relationships, bullying and feeling like we don’t … Continue reading Shona.ie Helping Irish teenaged girls figure things out

Good Day Cork Amplifying un-represented voices in the rebel county

To someone who may not be aware, what is Good Day Cork? What service do you provide? Good Day Cork is a digital magazine that amplifies un-represented voices. It was launched as a print magazine in 2018 through a crowd-funding campaign. Four issues have been published since Sept 2018. In 2020, we moved to the digital space with the goal to publish an annual print magazine in 2023. Good … Continue reading Good Day Cork Amplifying un-represented voices in the rebel county

TechForGood – Connecting the tech community in Ireland with causes they can empower

Tech for Good Dublin was launched in 2017 as a way to bring people together and explore the possibilities of tech for social impact. Since launching they have gone from strength to strength, holding networking events, highlighting projects with purpose and creating training and hackathon events. A recent event led to the development of online tools to help Ukrainian refugees settling in Ireland. I caught up with co-founders Ellen … Continue reading TechForGood – Connecting the tech community in Ireland with causes they can empower

Employers For Change – Assisting employers in employing people with disabilities

Employers For Change was founded in March 2021 and provides advice and guidance to employers who want to hire people with disabilities. We caught up with Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change to find out more: How did Employers for Change begin? Employers for Change is a project funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The project was launched in March 2021 by the … Continue reading Employers For Change – Assisting employers in employing people with disabilities

Community Finance Ireland – Supporting social enterprise on the island of Ireland

Can you tell us how Community Finance Ireland began? A reduction in grants being made available to community enterprise projects in Northern Ireland and the southern Border Counties subsequent to the Peace Process, sparked a need to develop an alternative source of capital finance to the existing banking infrastructure, which for various reasons was not wholly compatible with the borrowing needs of the Community & Voluntary sector. How has … Continue reading Community Finance Ireland – Supporting social enterprise on the island of Ireland

Organisations in Ireland that assist Refugees, migrants or people in Direct Provision

According to the Irish Times “There are more than 8,200 adults and children living in direct provision and emergency accommodation centres. These include 5,116 adults and 1,784 children in direct provision with an additional 1,186 adults and 174 children in emergency accommodation centres.” The latest CSO figures suggest there are more than 650,000 migrants currently in Ireland, and often some of the most vulnerable get exploited through economic, legal … Continue reading Organisations in Ireland that assist Refugees, migrants or people in Direct Provision

Irish fashion brands in the Diversity and Inclusion sector

London Fashion week is taking place this week. However, the Irish fashion market has never been stronger. One of the breakout areas within this market has been local, sustainable, ethically sourced brands and/or brands in the disability or female empowerment sector. These are just a selection of some of the biggest brands in this area in Ireland: Designed by a person in a wheelchair for people in wheelchairs. Brother … Continue reading Irish fashion brands in the Diversity and Inclusion sector

International Womens Day – Irish companies advancing female empowerment in the workplace

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. In recent years a number of organisations have been created or continued in Ireland in order to advance women in the workplace and break the glass ceilings that previously existed. It’s these companies, their participants and the support system around them that we celebrate. All information below is taken either from the … Continue reading International Womens Day – Irish companies advancing female empowerment in the workplace

The Reading Academy – Providing extra resource to children who have difficulty reading

With over 45 years of teaching between them, it was while teaching in a special school for children with Dyslexia that Sarah Watchorn and Sarah McGuire realised there was a lack of appropriate teaching materials as well as a lack of trained teachers for children with Dyslexia. This inspired them to write their own programme and to co-found The Reading Academy.  1. To someone who may not be aware, … Continue reading The Reading Academy – Providing extra resource to children who have difficulty reading

Peer.ie – An incusive asstitive technology company for people with dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities

Graham Brocklebank went back to college in his late twenties too study, only to realise that the text to speech and speech to text software he needed hadn’t advanced whatsoever since he had last been in education. As he was studying Computer science in mobile application, he put together an app that helped him with his reading and studying. Once he graduated college he founded http://www.Peer.ie a text to … Continue reading Peer.ie – An incusive asstitive technology company for people with dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities

Professor Tom Cooney – Providing entrepreneurial courses for underpresented groups

Professor Tom Cooney is one of the biggest supporters of Diversity and Inclusion in entrepreneurship in Ireland today. Through his experience over 15 years specialising in working with minority communities, he and his team have provided entrepreneurial courses for underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, immigrants to Ireland, ex-offenders and at-risk youth. He believes that this is an untapped resource of significant entrepreneurial potential and offering appropriate support … Continue reading Professor Tom Cooney – Providing entrepreneurial courses for underpresented groups

Connect4Work Connecting those who have taken time off due to medical leave with the right job, not any job

Mary Finn started Connect4Work having run a pilot programme for people returning to work following illness or being on medical leave. It was here that she saw the need for greater compassion and understanding from employers while at the same time, boosting the confidence and self-belief of the employees. Connect4Work now runs programmes for those who have taken time off due to medical leave along with coaching employers on … Continue reading Connect4Work Connecting those who have taken time off due to medical leave with the right job, not any job

The Sensory Pod – selling sensory room to everyone from Irish schools to Middle Eastern Royal Families

Having left school at 14, Robert Byrne had several unique and interesting careers, before putting together a Sensory Room for his autistic son, he put an image on social media and was blown away from the response of other parents wanting one in their house. After deciding to create a company, he stepped away from his job, but his employers Murray Medical decided to become investors from day 1. … Continue reading The Sensory Pod – selling sensory room to everyone from Irish schools to Middle Eastern Royal Families

Her Sport – seeking equality and promoting female sport in Ireland

. In January 2020, Niamh Tallon and Mohammed Mahomed created Her Sport. A website dedicated to the promotion of female sports. Since then they have amassed a huge social media following, created a magazine and developed partnerships with the likes of Life Style Sports. I caught up with Niamh Tallon to find out more about how the company began, where they’re at currently and their plans for the future: … Continue reading Her Sport – seeking equality and promoting female sport in Ireland

AsIAm – One of Ireland’s most successful social enterprises

AsIAm is Ireland’s National Austitic Charity. It’s actually an acronym that stands for Ausitic Spectrum Information Advice and Meeting point. It advocates for it’s community by supporting Autistic people and their families and by advocating for their community in the media and with businesses, employers and local communities. Now 8 years old, AsIAm is one of the biggest success stories to come out of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. Now … Continue reading AsIAm – One of Ireland’s most successful social enterprises

MECPATHS – Teaching the hospitalty industry how to detect child trafficking

Founded in 2013 MECPATHS works with brands in the Hospitality and Diversity and Inclusion sector such as Dalata, PREM Group and colleges that teach hospitality management to detect and stop child trafficking within Ireland and abroad. I caught up with JP O’Sullivan from the social enterprise to find out more: To someone who may not be aware of it, what is MECPATHS? MECPATHS is the only non-profit organisation working … Continue reading MECPATHS – Teaching the hospitalty industry how to detect child trafficking

Migraine Ireland – Demystifying stigma’s assocated with the condition

With a new CEO Pascal Derrien The Migraine Association of Ireland is providing information to those who have the condition, but also providing coping strategies to their support system (families and friends); as well providing workshops and events to the workplace, to help demystifying and bring more acceptance that migraines aren’t just a bad headache, there’s a lot more to them. What is Migraine Ireland? What is its mission … Continue reading Migraine Ireland – Demystifying stigma’s assocated with the condition

The Sanctuary Runners enabling Irish residents to run alongside, and in solidarity with, asylum seekers and refugees in Direct Provision

Following a long and distinguished career as a journalist Graham Clifford saw first hand, the plight of migrants accross the world. Always wanting to do something for them; and being a keen runner himself, in 2018 Graham created The Sanctuary Runners – where members of the local community can run, jog and walk with members of Direct Provision and migrants to Ireland, creating greater solidarity and a community where … Continue reading The Sanctuary Runners enabling Irish residents to run alongside, and in solidarity with, asylum seekers and refugees in Direct Provision

Nook Pod’s – Inclusive enclosed spaces for workplaces and events

Having grown up in Dublin, David O’Coimin relocated to Bristol and then to The Netherlands, where he now splits his time between. Having always had an entrepreneurial streak, in 2015 David set out to create Nook Pods. An inclusive space for meetings or a quite area in offices. Now highly successful, in some of the most prestigious offices in Europe and gaining market traction in the events market Nook … Continue reading Nook Pod’s – Inclusive enclosed spaces for workplaces and events

Alex’s Adventure – A social enterprise that gives non-judgemental drug education information to students, educators and parents

Having qualfied as an engineer, in Janurary 2016 Nicole and her families life was turned upside down when her brother Alex died of an accidental overdose. Nicole created Alex’s Adventure as a Social Enterprise, to give drug information programmes to students, educators and parents, as in her words “in the years I’ve left school the drugs have changed, but the education around drug use in Ireland hasn’t”. Nicole is … Continue reading Alex’s Adventure – A social enterprise that gives non-judgemental drug education information to students, educators and parents

The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland is heading in a new direction

The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland supports the 6-10% of the population that has the condition. Formed in 1995 the assocation is a registered charity and was created to raise awareness of the condition, ensure adequate funds are available to people with the condition, provide information and share and support networks, improve diagnostic services organised meetings for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families. and provide a link to professionals for … Continue reading The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland is heading in a new direction

jumpAgrade a social enterprise creating a revolution in education by making personalised teaching possible.

jumpAgrade was created in Limerick through two friends Padraic Hogan and David Neville. The founders orginally started out with a mission to democratise the grinds turoring system to make it more affordable for all students, now their mission has expanded to creating a personalised teaching platform to reach the most amount of students as possible, we caught up with the team to find out more: What is jumpAgrade? What … Continue reading jumpAgrade a social enterprise creating a revolution in education by making personalised teaching possible.

BT Ireland – putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the heart of the recruitment and marketing policies

To someone who may not be aware, what is BT Ireland? What areas does BT Ireland specialise in? BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, with close to 100,000 people serving customers in 180 countries. We are also one of the leading communications companies in Ireland, retailing to large businesses and the public sector, and wholesaling to other communications companies. In ways the Covid-19 pandemic really … Continue reading BT Ireland – putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the heart of the recruitment and marketing policies

Business in the community – Driving Diversity and Inclusion Through Sustainability and Employment Programs

Business In The Community (BITC) has been operating in Ireland for more than 21 years. Through their low carbon pledge, matching businesses to schools and community groups throughout Ireland to drive CSR and employment programs for underpresented groups in the workplace. We got in touch with BITC’s digital marketing manager Nathalie Pavone to find out more: To someone who may not be aware of Business in the Community, what … Continue reading Business in the community – Driving Diversity and Inclusion Through Sustainability and Employment Programs

Stephen Kelly’s Ability Focus is spreading awareness of D&I through Disability Awareness Training Programs

Through the company’s online training courses MD of Ability Focus Stephen Kelly, is increasing the awareness of diversity and inclusion through offering disability awareness programs to public and private sectors. Now being fully remote, with clients such a government minster taking the training, the company is on a mission to address bias and create greater awareness of Ireland’s most diverse group in the Irish workplace. To someone who may … Continue reading Stephen Kelly’s Ability Focus is spreading awareness of D&I through Disability Awareness Training Programs

The Open Doors Initiative – creating pathways to employment for the under-represented workforce

Created in 2020 The Open Doors Initiative is an initiative of over 95 of the biggest companies based in Ireland and NGOs, who work with government to create pathways to employment for marginalised people, nationwide. Having just had their first AGM, CEO Jeanne McDonagh was delighted to report the company helped 2,300 people on pathways to employment and this number grew in one year by 600% to over 14,700 … Continue reading The Open Doors Initiative – creating pathways to employment for the under-represented workforce

Sui Mindfulness is using breathing techniques and nature to decrease stress in schools around Ireland

Derval Dunford Director of Sui Mindfulness is a pioneer in mindfulness and breathwork. She has helped thousands of people since 2006, has trained over 9000 Irish primary school teachers, and changed the lives of tens of thousands of children through mindfulness, and well-being. Her partner Mick Hogan also presents a variety of  nature-based workshops, walks and talks for schools, and other groups both onsite and on zoom. Since November 2020 Derval has used … Continue reading Sui Mindfulness is using breathing techniques and nature to decrease stress in schools around Ireland

Agri Kids – reducing farm accidents by educating kids on farm safety

After one of the worst years on records for farm deaths in Ireland in 2015 Alma Jordan decided to create her own social enterprise – AgriKids. A company which teaches farm safety to school children. Now a multi-award winning company, providing training, educational app and school talks to thousands of students throughout Ireland, AgriKids is one of Ireland’s top social enterprises. We found out more about Alma’s journey: What’s … Continue reading Agri Kids – reducing farm accidents by educating kids on farm safety

Under The Rainbow is doing diversity trianing with a difference through training and therapy

Describe Under The Rainbow to someone who may not have heard of it before? Under the Rainbow is the Diversity and Inclusion agent of 2021!  We are an award winning inclusive Social Enterprise focused on wellness. We help build an authentic workplace culture empowering people to be their true selves.  We do diversity with a difference as our training is based on psychology, sociology and equality. We have an … Continue reading Under The Rainbow is doing diversity trianing with a difference through training and therapy

Mother Tongues is working to promote multilingualism and interculturalism in Ireland.

Mother Tongue’s is on a mission to celebrate multiculturalism in Ireland. As part of this the team have create the Mother Tongues Festival which celebrates all the different languages and cultural identities that makes Ireland one of the most diverse places in to live in Europe. We caught up with Francesca La Morgia, Director of Mother Tongue’s to find out more: What is Mother Tongue’s? What is your mission? … Continue reading Mother Tongues is working to promote multilingualism and interculturalism in Ireland.

Ireland’s most successful fundraisers and voluntary campaigns during Covid-19

In 2020 Covid-19 saw the closures of schools, offices, businesses parks and any type of group events. This had a drastically negative effect on charities and not for profits and saw a detrimental effect on the communities of services they provide. However, a number of charities, people and families have come together to raise money for their chosen cause, raising a combined €24 million during this period. In addition … Continue reading Ireland’s most successful fundraisers and voluntary campaigns during Covid-19

EmployAbility Service, supporting jobseekers with disabilities and employers who seek more inclusive workplaces

Employability is supported by The Department of Social Protection. It provides job coaching on topics such as CV and Cover Letter building, job searching, and interview practise for people who have a disability and are unemployed. Through the The Department of Social Protection Wage Subsidy Scheme they can also provide a grant to employers of up to €10,748 to anyone who employs someone from the service for a contract … Continue reading EmployAbility Service, supporting jobseekers with disabilities and employers who seek more inclusive workplaces

IADT are offering a ground-breaking Masters and Post-Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

In a first of it’s kind in Europe, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is now accepting applications for a Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We interviewed Dr. Therese Moylan Head of Department of Entrepreneurship at IADT and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee in the college to find out more about the courses: To someone who is not aware of it, … Continue reading IADT are offering a ground-breaking Masters and Post-Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Bank of Ireland; using Diversity and Inclusion to drive hiring policies

From having their own Employee Support Groups for gender, race, lgbt, disability and other advocacy groups, to having received the prestigious ‘Disability Smart’ accreditation from the Business Disability Forum, Bank of Ireland work with a range of outside organisations such as Ahead, Pride or The Open Doors Initiative which is one of the market leaders in Diveristy and Inclusion in Ireland today What’s your background, what did you do … Continue reading Bank of Ireland; using Diversity and Inclusion to drive hiring policies

Irish companies embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Education Sector

On average Ireland spends approximately 4% of our GDP on the education sector each year. There are more than a million people in Ireland in education at all levels. While the sector is dominated by the state in the recent past a large number of companies have started to provide additional services or reach out to schools to assist the students in their education.  Started by Alma Jordan in … Continue reading Irish companies embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Education Sector

Aspire Productions – Giving experience to people with Aspergers Syndrome

A sub-brand of Aspire Ireland, Aspire Productions is a social enterprise that gives real-world experience with the clients such as Bloosom Ireland or Specialisterne Ireland to people with Aspergers Syndrome vital experience, training and education in animation and creative advertising. Encouraging their employees to get jobs in the industry that is notoriously difficult to break into. We spoke to Steven Murray Business Development Manager in Aspire Productions and Melissa … Continue reading Aspire Productions – Giving experience to people with Aspergers Syndrome

Specialisterne Ireland – Proving the abilities of people on the autistic spectrum

How Did Specialisterne begin? The Specialist People Foundation, based in Denmark,was set up by an IT Executive, Thorkil Sonne in 2004 after his young son was diagnosed with autism. It has since grown into an international foundation, which owns the Specialisterne concept and trademark. Specialisterne, which translates from Danish as “the specialists”, is an innovative social enterprise providing assessment, training, support, and IT consultancy services, where most of the … Continue reading Specialisterne Ireland – Proving the abilities of people on the autistic spectrum

The Grey Matters Network – promoting the value of the mature employee in the workforce

We caught up with Tony Devine from The Grey Matters Network, to see how they go about advocating for the mature members of the workforce. Your workplace should accurately reflect the makeup of society and your customers. We’re talking across all spectrums here – race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background and education. Of course, a diverse workforce makes economic sense, and this is also true for age … Continue reading The Grey Matters Network – promoting the value of the mature employee in the workforce

Going Far is empowering non-nationals to open businesses and create jobs

We caught up with Talita Holzier CEO of Going Far, a What area of Diversity and Inclusion do you advocate for?All of them! I really believe that intersectionality is key when advocating for diversity and inclusion. I have always been passionate about it, being a woman in tech and also part of the LGBTQIA community. In 2014 I started to work on a project to promote inclusion to people … Continue reading Going Far is empowering non-nationals to open businesses and create jobs