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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CONFERENCE: “Debt and Trade: Time to Make the Connections”

9 September 2004
National College of Ireland, Dublin.

Featuring a host of international experts speaking about the issues.
The Conference will examine and evaluate how the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organisation address the connections between debt and trade policies. It will assess the practical implications of these policy coherence efforts for developing countries and their people and consider the alternatives.

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Issue 47: December 2003

Budget 2004:Preserving a Divided Society
Budget Coverage


Budget 2004: Small Change for the Poor Robin Hanan

Economics and Justice Eithne Fitzgerald

Integrating Perspectives on Christmas Nadette Foley, Zhyan Sharif, Egide Dhala

So this is Christmas...? Cathy Molloy

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