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Liberty Recycling has its roots in the traditional clothes markets in the Liberties in Dublin. This tradition was harnessed to develop a training and employment initiative to assist people in the local community affected by drugs. Initially set up under Merchants Quay Ireland with 8 people Liberty Recycling is now an independent company with charitable status employing over 65 people.


The Iveagh Market was built in Dublin’s Liberties by the Earl of Iveagh to give the people a dry place to sell their second hand goods.


The Market closes for redevelopment. However the Moloney family is determined to continue the tradition of trading in used clothes in the Liberties.


A group led by Philip Moloney came together with the idea of involving the community in a clothes recycling initiative to provide employment and training to local people affected by drugs.


Liberties Recycling is set up under Merchant’s Quay Ireland as a FAS sponsored Community Employment scheme with 8 trainees. The project opens a charity shop on Meath Street.

Saint Vincent De Paul, Age Action and the Irish Cancer Society supply surplus clothing from their charity shops to the project for recycling.

The project begins to export recycled clothing to Africa and Asia.


The project, now with 20 participants, buys new equipment and moves into its ‘new’ premises in Basin Lane.

It is established as a fully independent Drugs Project with the support of FAS and the South Inner City, Ballyfermot and Canal Communities Drug Task Forces.


A fire destroys the Basin Lane premises and briefly threatens the survival of the project. However larger and improved premises are found in Bluebell and funding is secured through the Ballyfermot Drugs Task Force.

Liberties Recycling now caters for 50 trainees.


The project, now a Fetac Accredited Training Centre, is officially launched by Minister of State Noel Ahern.


TThe project receives Quality Assurance from Fetac and partners with the VEC to offer participants the opportunity to gain a Major Award at Level 3 in-house.


After many applications pilot funding is secured for a Support Worker to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation programme to trainees.


The President of Ireland Mary McAleese presents nearly 100 certified awards at the Annual Training Awards ceremony.


Sean's story

I was on crack for a year and finally hit rock bottom. I had a son and finally realised I was getting in too deep and had to stop or I’d miss out on his life as well.

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  • Liberty Recycling is a clothes recycling social enterprise and charity that provides people affected by drug and alcohol use with the stability, work experience, skills and confidence needed to move into mainstream employment, training and education, all within a supportive work environment.

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