• Poor Service: What Poverty Eradication Day Means in Ireland

    Eradicate poverty day jcfj webThe only public service available to the poor, for which there is no waiting list, is the prison service, says Peter McVerry SJ.

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  • The Emaciated Conversation about Global Poverty

    global growth webGlobal poverty is one of those seemingly rare topics where there might be good news to celebrate, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • Poverty and the Environment

    poverty ecologyPoverty is an ecological problem. Although degradation of the environment affects all human populations, it hits those living in poverty the hardest, says Catherine Devitt.

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  • Ending Poverty For All Must Include Prisoners

    Prison 400 x 297The first of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals commits to ending poverty in all forms everywhere. If we are to take this seriously it needs to include people in prison and their families, says Eoin Carroll.

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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

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

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Working Notes: New Dáil, New Dawn?

Working Notes: New Dáil, New Dawn?

In a Statement issued prior to the General Election in February of this year, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice noted that in public discussions in Ireland on how to address the economic crisis reference was frequently made, by politicians and commentators, to ‘the common good’, ‘solidarity’ and ‘sustainability’. The Statement said that while this was welcome, the reality was that the mere articulation of such values was in itself of little consequence, unless there was ‘a corresponding determination to take the decisions and measures necessary to give effect to these values’.

The Programme for Government of the new Fine Gael–Labour Party Government includes many references to values such as social solidarity and equality; indeed, at the outset, the Programme states that both parties in Government are ‘committed to forging a new Ireland that is built on fairness and equal citizenship’.

There is no doubt, however, that the Government faces an extremely difficult task in attempting to bring about such a society – while at the same time responding to what the Programme describes as our ‘unprecedented national economic emergency’. It will require deep commitment and resolve not just by Government but by the whole of Irish society if the promise to ‘modernise, renew and transform our country’ is to be fulfilled and if the following statement of intent in the Programme is to be realised: ‘By the end of our term in Government Ireland will be recognised as a modern, fair, socially inclusive and equal society supported by a productive and prosperous economy’.

This issue of Working Notes deals with a number of themes that will be key challenges over the lifetime of the new Dáil. In the opening article, P.J. Drudy suggests that ‘the pre-eminence of economic growth as a goal and the dominance of the market as a philosophy have served us badly’, and says that the broader concept of ‘development’, which would take into account factors such as education, health, employment opportunities, and equality, would provide a better measure of the progress of a society. He advocates the adoption of a human rights-based approach to legislative and policy development – pointing out that Ireland has already ratified a series of international human rights treaties covering economic and social rights, and has thereby committed itself to implementing their provisions in its policies, plans and budgets... Read more

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