• Media Bias and Christianity

    kevin hargaden1Dr Kevin Hargaden explores the topic of media bias, and its hidden benefits. This article appeared originally in the November 2017 edition of The Sacred Heart Messenger.

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  • A Prisoner in the Family

    Chapter 1 introduction'A Prisoner in the Family' is an article by Deputy Director of the JCFJ, Eoin Carroll, which appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Sacred Heart Messenger magazine.

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  • Decision-Making Ability Impaired in Young Adults

    prison ITOn Prisoner Sunday (12th November), Eoin Carroll, Deputy Director of the JCFJ, delivered a homily at St Francis Xavier Church, Dublin, based on the parable of the ten virgins which emphasises the need for preparation in order to be able to make good decisions.

     

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  • Government must now act on Citizens’ Assembly recommendations for climate action, says Jesuit Centre

    Untitled design 12The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has welcomed strong calls from the Citizens’ Assembly for the government to increase political action on addressing climate change.

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About the Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice works to combat injustice and marginalisation in Irish society, through social analysis, education and advocacy.

The Centre highlights complex social issues, informs opinion and advocates for governmental policy change to create a fair and equitable society for all.

Analysis on our Key Issues

People in prison are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. The majority have left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment... Click here to view all of our material on Penal Policy

Environmental protection has emerged as a key element of social justice debates in recent decades... Click here to view all of our material on Environmental Justice

The right to a safe and secure place to live is one of the most basic human rights, it is fundamental to enable people to live a dignified life... Click here to view all of our material on Housing Policy

In our political discourse, every question of human flourishing seems to be reduced to bottom-line thinking. This focus on riches impoverishes our shared discourse and has serious negative consequences for society Click here to view material on Economic Justice

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice focuses on a number of other issues... Explore all here

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Exploring Social Justice

Why Care - Social Justice Awareness for Younger People

Peter McVerry SJ discusses drug decriminalisation in the Irish Times

drug policy picturePeter McVerry SJ discusses drug decriminalisation in the Irish Times

Writing a series of five opinion pieces for the Irish Times, McVerry, in his latest article, discusses why he believes drugs should be decriminalised. He argues that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed wider society and the person dependent on drugs.

The cost to the individual when their substance misuse is treated with punishment, and the woefully inadequate number of treatment facilities in the country.

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MAJOR CONFERENCE ON HEALTH SERVICE REFORM – PRESENTATIONS

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Together with the Adelaide Hospital Society and TASC, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice hosted a major one-day conference - Health Service Reform and the Government's First Year: What Progress. The Conference was extremely well-attended and heard stimulating contributions from a range of speakers.

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http://tascnet.ie/showPage.php?ID=3262&PHPSESSID=f5ac6fa11ed9485fc0f7abe58fde6461

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Working Notes: Health Matters

Working Notes: Health Matters In a context of intense focus on the economic and financial difficulties facing the country, the Irish health system remains one of the few issues capable of taking centre stage in media and public discussion. We now find ourselves faced with not just the kind of health service crises that have characterised the past two decades but with new problems arising from the fact that the recession itself will have a major ‘health impact’.

On the one hand, poverty and financial worries, anxiety about the future, and the stresses associated with joblessness are all likely to take a serious toll on people’s health. On the other, the need to address the deficit in the public finances will mean it will be harder and harder to sustain, let alone improve, health service provision.

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Call for a real debate on the slide towards turning Health Care into a profit-making industry

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14 December 2007

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Jesuit Centre again calls for a real debate on the slide towards turning health care a profit-making industry


The publication today of a new health bill which among other things will enable the proposed co-location of a private hospitals on the grounds of St James’s Hospital and Beaumont Hospital to go ahead, has again drawn attention to this Government’s seeming determination to reshape Irish health care in the direction of a private, for-profit system, says the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in a statement issued today. 

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Interview with Margaret Burns on Michael Moore's Sicko

Michael Moore made his latest film, Sicko, as a warning to the American people of the danger of for-profit health care.  However, when Margaret Burns – social policy officer for the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice – saw Sicko, she saw it as a warning to the Irish people of what our health care service could become. Each week a new health service scandal hits the news, and the debate between public hospitals and private hospitals is raging ever hotter. Lena Jacobs spoke to Margaret Burns about her article “A Horrible Warning? Lessons for Ireland from Michael Moore's Film, Sicko” that has recently been published in the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice's journal Working Notes. Here she is asked why she decided to write the article...

 


 



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A Horrible Warning? Lessons for Ireland from Michael Moore’s Film, Sicko

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Margaret Burns, Policy Officer, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

 

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Michael Moore’s film, Sicko, now on general release, dramatically highlights how the wealthiest country in the world, and one which spends a much larger percentage of its GDP on health than other developed countries, fails to provide an adequate and fair system of care for its citizens. The film carries its message through people’s own accounts of being denied medical care or being required to pay exorbitant amounts of money for services; it does so also through the voices of people who have worked in America’s health insurance industry and who reveal how, for that industry, the imperative of making profit takes precedence over enabling people to obtain care.

Sicko makes a person want to weep at the unnecessary human suffering that results from this system. But alongside the heart-rending stories, Moore employs humour to highlight the absurdity as well as the cruelty of the system. Sometimes the humour is unintended – as when it emerges that a letter we are shown, in which a woman’s  requests for referral for specialist services are turned down, is from ‘The Good Samaritan Medical Practice Association’. Perhaps the Good Samaritan should sue?

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A Policy Paper: The Irish Health System, Vision, Values and Reality

healthservice.jpg"The Irish Health System, Vision, Values and Reality" is a new publication prepared jointly by The Adelaide Hospital Society and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.

This new publication - uniquely the product of Protestant and Catholic organisations working together challenges the current direction of Irish health service reforms. In a detailed overview of the Irish health system, it challenges the growing privatisation of health care and states that this is contrary to the values which ought to govern the provision of health care.

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