Housing the New Ireland

Issue 50 of Working Notes is available online now. Our theme this issue is 'Housing in the New Ireland.' This issue also includes editorial comment by Fr. Peter McVerry, S.J. on the findings of the NESC Report which is investigating corruption in the Garda Siochana in Donegal.
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Housing the New Ireland: Comment on the NESC Report
Margaret Burns

Planning for People: Observations on NESC Chapter 5,
'Sustainable Neighbourhoods and Integrated Development'

Michael J. Bannon

Home: Dream or Possibility?
Challenges for the Homeless Services

Peter J. McVerry

Aspects of Catholic Social Teaching on Housing
Cathy Molloy

Editorial Comment - Second Report of the Morris Tribunal
Peter J. McVerry

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Working Notes Issue 48

Issue 48: June 2004

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Citizenship Referendum ‘inappropriate and disproportionate’, says Jesuit Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has serious reservations about the  appropriateness and proportionality of the Government’s holding a Citizenship Referendum as a response to concerns regarding Irish children of non-Irish nationals. It questions whether the fundamental change being proposed to the Constitution will create a significant barrier to developing an open, inclusive society that values the presence and contribution of immigrants and fully recognises their rights. In the light of these concerns, the Centre for Faith and Justice recommends a ‘No’ vote in the Referendum.

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November2004 Issue

The online version of the November 2004 issue of is now available. Contents include:

Editorial by Eugene Quinn

Morris Tribunal Report and the Garda Siochana Bill 2004 by Peter McVerry SJ

The Morris Tribunal's Report into corruption involving some Gardai in Donegal (1) has major implications for the Garda Síochána generally. The Report calls for radical reform of the structures within the Gardai, structures which have remained essentially unchanged since the foundation of the State and which are clearly in need of reform. This is an opportunity which must not be missed. Someone will be watching you!

Including Older People in Irish Societyby Paul Murray

Health Issues, poverty, and social inclusion...

Connecting Debt and Trade from a Development Perspective by Peter Henriot SJ.
It is now widely accepted that economic models that are not people-centred have led us to the current global crisis of deepening poverty, degradation of rights, destruction of the environment and increased danger of conflict and terrorism.

Getting to Grips with Ireland's Alcohol Problems by Margaret Burns

Recent months have seen the publication of two important reports on alcohol in Irish society - the Report on Alcohol Misuse by Young People, issued by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children in June 2004, and the Second Report of the Strategic Task Force on Alcohol, which was published in September. (1) These documents provide a wealth of information and analysis on the topic of alcohol in Ireland today and put forward a range of recommendations. They merit serious consideration by all concerned about health and social well-being in the newly-prosperous Ireland.

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