• Climate Change Submission to Citizens’ Assembly

    climate change submission to citizens assemblyThe Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice recently made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic “Making Ireland a Leader in Tackling Climate Change”. 

     

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  • JCFJ Joins European Research Initiative for Social Transformation

    HEST logoThe only way to address the problems facing our societies is to understand them. This basic assumption guides an innovative new initiative from the European Jesuit provinces which seek to bring their networks of universities and social centres together to tackle the challenges that most press on European societies.

     

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  • Solitary Confinement Should Be Last Resort - Committee Against Torture

    Committee Against Torture CAT Concluding ObservationsThe UN Committee Against Torture has published its concluding observations from the second periodic review of Ireland, which took place in July. The examination, by ten independent human rights experts, was to assess Ireland's adherence to the United Nations 'Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment'.

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  • Some Housing Crises Are More Equal Than Others

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    Peter McVerry responds in The Irish Times (11 August, 2017) to the assertion of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar that "many, if not most" of the people on the housing list already have houses.

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About the Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is a faith-based organisation working 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

Ireland’s inaction an affront to global climate agreement

climate chaosWednesday October 5th marked the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Undoubtedly, this is a welcomed milestone in international efforts to curb dangerous climate change levels; however without committed, ambitious and tangible efforts at a national level, the goals of the agreement will not be achieved.

In response to the ratification, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition – which the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is a member of – criticised Ireland’s weak response on climate action. Read their press release below.

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Jesuit Centre says Ireland’s lenient 2030 climate targets do little for climate justice

Mary RobinsonThe Centre has criticised the Government’s position towards tackling climate change, following the European Commission’s recent publication of its 2030 targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, for each Member State.

Ireland received significant concessions, reducing its 2030 targets significantly, in comparison to the targets of other EU Member States. While some have described the targets as ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’, the Centre claims that they do little for the world’s poorest, whose lives and livelihoods are already at risk because of climate change.

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Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice to jointly host seminar on Laudato Si’on June 8th

caring for our common home1Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice to jointly host seminar on Laudato Si’on June 8th

On June 8th, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Trόcaire, in association with the Loyola Institute (Trinity College Dublin) will host a seminar event titled ‘Caring for our Common Home; Towards an Integrated Perspective on Society and the Environment’. The seminar will mark the first anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, the social and environmental encyclical letter from Pope Francis.

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Timely signing of the Paris Agreement on Earth Day, but much more is needed

Paris AgreementsThis Earth Day, Friday 22nd April, world leaders gather to sign the Paris Agreement. Although the Agreement reflects political consensus on tackling climate change, action is urgently required to help translate ambition into reality. Catherine Devitt, environmental justice officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice argues that we need to move beyond a narrow framing of environmental problems, to embrace a more holistic perspective which helps transform how we view our relationships with each other and the environment. 

Image: Paris Agreement (google creative commons)

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