Get the Message Out Coverage – The Irish Examiner

Local groups in Dublin push message of life without gangs

Fin Divilly, Shakalak; Deborah Morgans, manager EDIT; Paul Rogers, CEO Northside Partnership; Ger Redmond, Prison 2 Pro; Evan Fogarty AKA Minte; Brandon O’Connor, Dublin Homeless Awareness, and Ruth Barry: all members of the local community in northeast Dublin at the launch of ‘Get The Message Out — There Is Another Way’. Picture: Conor Healy/ Picture It Photography

Young people at risk of being sucked into the drugs trade are being targeted by a grassroots project in an area devastated by a spate of gangland murders.

The GMTO initiative — ‘Get the Message out: There are Alternatives to Drugs & Crime’ — was set up in north east Dublin to try and lure young people away from drug gangs.

“2019 was a particularly difficult time for people living and working in the area as we saw too many young people losing their lives to drug-related violence,” according to Paul Rogers, CEO of Northside Partnership, which led the initiative.

He cited the gun murders of friends Sean Little, from Kilbarrack, and Jordan Davis in Darndale in May 2019 — both were aged 22. That November, Eoin Boylan, also aged just 22, was gunned down in Coolock.

In January 2020, there was the “horrific discovery” of partial remains of Drogheda teenager Keane Mulready-Woods in Darndale.

He said these murders sowed the seeds of GMTO.

Deborah Morgans, manager of EDIT (Edenmore Drugs Intervention Team) and spokesperson for GTMO said: “When we came together, we knew that we needed to get a message out to communities that they had not been forgotten and that we were trying to find a different way to target young people involved in the drug economy.”

Our aim is a simple one, we want to get the message out to young people and their families that there is another way.

She said they also wanted families who are caught up in drug-debt intimidation to know that there is support for them too.

“Another important goal for us is to encourage people to consider an alternative lifestyle by highlighting the opportunities, services and activities that are available to help them to reach their full potential,” she said.

Other people speaking at the launch included Ger Redmond, a Darndale man who turned his life around from gangs and prison to being a professional athlete.

He said he grew up in an area where drug dealing, car robbing, and fighting was “normalised” and wanted local kids to know they can dream and set goals.

Community groups involved include EDIT, Kilmore West Youth Project, Sphere 17, The Dales Centre, Donnycarney Youth Project, KCCP (Kilbarrack Coast Community Project), Archways Systemic Family Support, Travact, and Dublin North East Drug and Alcohol Taskforce.

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Launch of Archways new Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Archways are holding the launch of our new Strategic Plan 2021-2025 on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at 2pm via Zoom.

Registration is through EventBrite at this link: Register for Launch of Archways’ Strategic Plan 2021-2025

We are delighted to be joined on the day by Edel O’Malley, CEO, basis.point and Eifion Williams, National Service Director Commissioning, Tusla.

We hope you can join us as we highlight our plans for the next couple of years.


Get the Message Out

Brilliant launch of the #getthemessageout campaign today with seriously powerful contributions. Delighted Archways Systemic Family Support team are part of the initiative in Darndale. #ThereIsAnotherWay

All Island Fund/Community Foundation for Ireland – Archways

Archways are delighted to receive funding through the All Island Fund, administered by the Community Foundation for Ireland,  to continue our work to shift policy and service provision in relation to ADHD services in the Republic and Northern Ireland with our partners The Genesis Programme, Louth; Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Belfast; Netwell Casala Centre, DKIT.

For more information click here All Island Fund / Community Foundation for Ireland




ADHD Workshops – What Works Learning Together Fund

Our Changing Lives team were busy throughout August delivering training on ADHD to education, health and social care professionals with thanks to funding from the What Works Learning Together Fund. The What Works Learning Together Fund is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) using Dormant Accounts Funding and aims to maximise the impact of prevention and early intervention for children and families in Ireland.

The workshops followed the success of our cross border ADHD project, The Changing Lives Initiative. Thank you to all the practitioners who participated in the training.

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We are recruiting – Therapeutic Case Management / Functional Family Therapist (Full-Time)

Therapeutic Case Management / Functional Family Therapists (Full-Time)

Archways is a not for profit organisation researching and delivering evidence based programmes for children and families in Ireland. One of the programmes we deliver is Therapeutic Case Management with Functional Family Therapy.

Archways have been commissioned to establish a new project in the north side of Dublin to address the challenges faced by young people involved or are at risk of involvement in crime networks. The project will have a strong focus on family support and will work with partner agencies to provide targeted interventions to young people and their families. The project will run for a 3 year period and as part of the University of Limerick ‘Greentown Project’ which aims to reduce the influence of criminal networks on young people and provide them with alternative pro-social pathways. Full training will be provided in the Therapeutic Case Management/Functional Family Therapy model.

As part of this initiative and to fill other therapist vacancies that may arise in the Dublin area, Archways now wishes to recruit the following posts.

Therapeutic Case Management/Functional Family Therapists

  • Full Time positions available
  • Full training will be provided


Essential Criteria

BA (Hons) Psychology, Addiction Studies Level 7, BA (Hons) Counselling and Addiction Studies, Degree in Social Science/Social Care (Hons) or related field.

Full accreditation with the relevant professional body is essential. Candidates must have at least 3 years’ relevant work experience, working with families and adolescents with challenging and complex needs.

Desirable Criteria

Candidates hold a primary degree in Counselling/Psychotherapy, Counselling Psychology or Family Therapy.

In addition candidates should have:

  • Ability to work within the Functional Family Therapy philosophy and model
  • Excellent relationship building skills and ability to motivate families to participate in therapy
  • Commitment to empowering families to solve their own problems
  • High degree of stamina, positivity and stick ability in committing to plans developed by families
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Ability and willingness to work with families in their own homes where appropriate
  • Flexibility to work when the families are available to meet
  • Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team
  • Ability to work collaboratively with statutory agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication/report writing skills
  • Full driving license and own car

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying a caseload as assigned
  • Providing a home-based service to families as necessary
  • Actively participating as part of the project team
  • Working collaboratively with referring agencies and other community and state agencies
  • Working with families to develop a family plan and case manage referrals to other appropriate services and supports
  • Perform the basic accountability tasks related to the job, which include compiling and maintaining all necessary records
  • Perform other duties as requested

These position will be based in North Dublin.

Applications with CV and Cover Letter detailing your suitability for the role by email to

For further information on this position please contact Stephen Coughlan, Project Manager on 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday  13th August 2021 at 5pm

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