Entries by JP OSullivan

MECPATHS at The World Meeting of Families

We are delighted to announce our presence at The World Meeting of Families in August. With an opportunity to have a presence at The RDS for the duration of the gathering, MECPATHS will reach out to many new supporters and meet with some of our existing partners during the course of the celebration. We have…

Ireland has been downgraded to a tier 2 country

A US State-Department report reveals Ireland has been downgraded to a tier 2 country, meaning it is no longer deemed to be meeting the minimum standards required. The Trafficking in Persons review outlines ongoing shortcomings in the treatment of victims here and chronic deficiencies in identification. In response, the Immigrant Council of Ireland says it…

South Central Province Meeting

We were delighted to be invited by the South Central Province to De la Salle, Pastoral Centre, Castletown Co. Laois to give an afternoon information session on the work of MECPATHS. The Information session consisted of our MECPATHS presentation, a talk from the Project founder Sr. Mary Ryan on the work of the Project and…

Spirit Radio interview with MECPATHS

MECPATHS Education Coordinator Ann Mara speaks to Wendy Grace of Spirit Radio about the work of MECPATHS, the distinguishable difference between Human Trafficking and Sex Trafficking in Ireland. Ann further explores the vulnerability of Children and discusses the 750,000 predators who sit online, waiting to exploit and groom the vulnerable. With 4.5 million children trafficked globally each…

World Earth Day 2018

As the world takes a moment of pause to mark World Earth Day, 2018, we are drawn to reflect on the consequences of the ongoing degradation of the planet. The Sisters of Mercy continue in their work to draw attention to the world around us, to the important role each person, and living thing plays…

Bill proposes to restrict foreign travel of convicted paedophiles

Sr. Mary Ryan (Founder, MECPATHS) and Aisling Murray (Volunteer Co-ordinator) [pictured with Fr. Shay Cullen SSC and Deputy Maureen O’ Sullivan] attended a Press Conference to explore the International discourse around the restricted travel of registered child sex-offenders in Ireland, Buswells Hotel on 18th April 2018. A  Statement by Irish missionary, Fr. Shay Cullen SSC, on proposed…

Workshop Conference on The Aviation & Hospitality Sectors response to Countering Modern Slavery

Ann Mara, Education Co-ordinator, and JP O’ Sullivan, Research & Communications Co-ordinator, were invited by The Welsh Government to join a conference at The Principality Stadium, Cardiff, to explore the response of The Aviation and Hospitality Industries to modern day slavery, human trafficking and child sexual exploitation in The United Kingdom, on April 18th. Ann…

Northern Province Information Session

With sincere “Thanks” to the Mercy Northern Province for hosting a MECPATHS information session earlier today 13/04/2018. Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with The Hospitality Sector (MECPATHS) is a project of the congregation of The Sisters of Mercy working in partnership with the hospitality sector in Ireland to counter child trafficking and child…

Soul Waves Radio Interview

Miriam Gormally met with Ann Mara and JP O’Sullivan from MECPATHS and spoke to them about the award and how hotel staff can play a key role in the fight against this form of slavery, as their profession are amongst the most likely to encounter a victim of sex trafficking. JP began by explaining why…

Congratulations to our partner PREM Group

MECPATHS are extremely proud to congratulate our partner PREM Group who were recognised for their tremendous efforts to counter child trafficking in Ireland, Belgium, The United Kingdom and France. PREM Group, who manage over 40 hotels across Europe from city centre budget properties to serviced apartments and luxury country resorts, have been working with MECPATHS since…