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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.

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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

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Exploring Social Justice

Why Care - Social Justice Awareness for Younger People

Working Notes: In Recession who will be left Stranded?

Working Notes Issue 59 ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’, L.P. Hartley famously wrote. Right now in Ireland, however, it is the present that feels like a foreign country. This is a place where we must adjust our assumptions and expectations and learn, or relearn, the skills to enable us deal with an economic situation that is the reverse of the favourable one to which we had become so acclimatised.  

The need to think seriously about the values that will guide us through these difficult times was the core theme of a Statement, ‘Justice in Recession?’, which was issued by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice on 12 October 2008, and is reproduced as the opening article in this issue of Working Notes.

The Statement says that a continued adherence to some of the values that gained ascendancy during the economic boom will result in a very inequitable distribution of the pain that is inevitable as we try to turn around the decline in our economy. It argues that social solidarity, a concern for the common good and care for the people who are financially or otherwise vulnerable ought to underpin the policies and measures adopted in response to the current crisis.  

This is a time, the Statement says, when we should be prepared to reassess the economic and political model which has guided our development for more than a decade. This model entailed a strong reliance on the free market as the means not just of generating economic growth but of providing an increasing share of social services and supports. Current economic and financial circumstances provide the impetus and opportunity to engage in debate about the possibility of devising a model that would provide fairer, more equal, and more sustainable outcomes... read more


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Justice in Recession: Statement on the Current Economic Situation The Immigration, Residency and Protection Bill 2008: Well-Founded Fears?
Hidden Children: the Story of State Care for Separated Children Temporary Agency Work: Labour Leasing or Temping?
Is Expansion of Prison Places for Women Needed? An Analysis of Statistics, 2003-2006


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