The Limerick Restorative Practices Project and Le Cheile Mentoring are proud to present Limerick Restorative Justice Week 2019. The International Restorative Justice Week will take place all over Europe and beyond in the week between 18-24 November. There will be a full schedule of events in Limerick, and for the first time in Clare, to mark this. The aim of the week is to introduce Restorative Justice (and its sister philosophy Restorative Practice) to as wide an audience as possible. All events are free (with the exception of the film), open to anyone, and will allow people the opportunity to see this both new and simultaneously ancient philosophy in action, and ask questions about it to relevant practitioners. Firstly a word about what Restorative Justice/Practice is:
Background: Restorative Justice (RJ) is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behaviour. It has its roots in places like Canada, Australia and New Zealand and has grown internationally since the 70's. At the same time it is really something quite ancient in that it views crime as something that affects the entire community and that the entire community needs to be involved in repairing - something that the state has taken increasing control of over time. How many times have we heard that victims have no place in the criminal justice system? Well RJ provides processes that have shown up to 90% satisfaction ratings for victims, where it has been employed.
Restorative Practice (RP) is something that has grown out of RJ and, while closely linked, places its primary focus on prevention, i.e. it enables people and communities to build positive relationships and thereby resolve difficulties and conflicts as they arise. It does this by using specific communication methods and techniques but again is nothing new really. It's about listening, empathy and doing things "with" people as opposed to "to" or "for" people. It has the potential to support positive, nurturing, healthy environments for schools, workplaces, in the home and in the wider community. Again research has shown that, where employed in schools for example, the levels of detention, suspension and bullying incidents has fallen by well over 50% and more in some cases. And, most importantly of all, teachers and students report better relationships, which is the ultimate goal.
Events for the week:
Monday 18th - Coffee with a Cop 9:30am - 11am at McDonalds, Castletroy and then 11:15am to 12:45pm at McDonalds, City Center As the name suggests this is something that has grown out of the US, but is now a worldwide phenomenon. Grab a free coffee and a chat with a member of the Gardai. No agenda, no speeches, just a nice way to start the week and a chance for the community and the Gardai to get to know each other better in a relaxed environment. It also encapsulates the restorative practices ethos of prevention rather than cure, through proactive steps in relationship building.
Tuesday 19th - working with Young People One of the main areas where RP is used at present is in schools, both primary and secondary. On this day there will be separate events for both. In the morning, in conjunction with our colleagues in Narrativ4, there will be an empathy workshop with 5th class pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes primary school. This organisation, which has many of the same goals and similar practices as RP, harnesses the power of story exchange to equip young people to improve their lives and those of their communities. The workshop they will provide on the day will hopefully be a stepping stone towards training in Limerick's first Restorative Buddies later in the year, as well as being a lot of fun on the day.
In the afternoon there will be student council training provided by Le Cheile. This workshop will take students from a number of the city's secondary schools and upskill them in the philosphy and use of restorative principals. Highly interactive and educational, the workshop will help empower those students to look at more inclusive and fairer ways of engaging in the key issues within their schools.
Wednesday 20th - RP comes to Clare Restorative Practices Comes to Glor, Ennis 10-4pm. Clare CYPSC (Children and Young People's Services Committee), in association the Limerick Restorative Practices Project and Le Cheile Mentoring, are delighted to host a FREE one day training and information seminar on Restorative Practices. The seminar will be relevant to professionals from any and all areas and should also prove useful to people in their own daily lives. It will involve a dramatic enactment of conflict and conflict resolution as part of the morning session and, after lunch, there will be three parallel workshops looking at how restorative practices can be applied to education, youth and family and also in the area of workplaces and the wider community. Further details including booking are through this eventbrite link. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/restorative-practices-managing-conflict-repairing-harm-tickets-74275037637
Thursday 21st International Institute of Restorative Practices accredited training - Introduction to Restorative Practices. The Hub Southill, O Malley Park. This FREE training will provide the learner with a range of strategies that you can use in everyday life. You will learn and understand the basic tenets of restorative practice, use of restorative language, practical applications of RP, the importance of relationship building and methods to resolve conflict. Booking through eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/iirp-accredited-training-introduction-to-restorative-practices-tickets-74169554133
Friday 22nd Restorative Justice Symposium, University of Lmerick The symposium is organised by the Irish Core Members of the international project Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Leahy from the University of Limerick Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies. The theme is Implementing Restorative Justice in Law, Policy and Practice and we will welcome lots of great speakers from across Europe and from the local region to tell us about how RJ services developed and operate in their areas. The symposium is free to attend, and will include lunch and be held at the UL campus. There are still a small number of spaces, and we’d love to involve as many people as possible who work in or in conjunction with the criminal justice system. If you are interested contact Dr. Ian D. Marder, Maynooth University at Ian.Marder@mu.ie
6:30pm One off screening of 'The Meeting' at the Omniplex Cinema Limerick This film covers the real-life Restorative Justice meeting of Ailbhe Griffith (who plays herself in the film and was seen lately on the Late Late) and her attacker, and is the highlight of the week. It will be followed by a 40 minute Q&A with the film's producer Tomas Hardiman and Dr. Marie Keenan, Restorative Justice practitioner, who was also central to the real-life story.
For more questions on what these events are about, details on locations, or questions about RJ/RP in general contact
In a modest room in a Dublin suburb, two people prepare for a meeting that could have an enormous impact on their lives. For both of them, it is a complete step into the unknown.
The film is based on a real meeting which took place between Ailbhe Griffith and the man who, nine years earlier, subjected her to a horrific sexual assault and left her seriously injured and fearing for her life. Griffith, in an extraordinary move, has chosen to play herself in this unique drama from one of Ireland’s most provocative filmmakers, Alan Gilsenan.
What emerges is a truly unique and unorthodox cinematic experience as Ailbhe courageously seeks healing through a progressive form of justice, rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world.
Cast Ailbhe Griffith, Terry O’Neill, Kevin McCormack, Marie Keenan, Brenda McSweeney, Allan Keating Original music by Cloud Castle Lake