Al Hallows College will host a Postgraduate Information Evening on Wednesday, 12th March 6.60-8.30. Further information available here.
Social Justice Ireland advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole. We work to build a just society through developing and delivering credible analysis and policy to improve society and the lives of people. We identify sustainable options for the future and provide viable pathways forward. In all of this we focus on human rights and the common good.
All Hallows College Postgraduate Information Evening - 12 March, 2014
Ireland's scandalous corporate tax regime exposed AGAIN - New approach required
A story in The Irish Times (March 7, 2014) shows that Apple paid €36m tax on $7.11bn profits at its Irish unit. This is a scandal that must be addressed now by the Irish Government. Social Justice Ireland sets out some proposals below.
Government Tax Proposals could give €922 a year to a person earning €125,000 while giving NOTHING to those earning below €32,800
Government’s tax proposals should be rejected because they would give all the benefit to those earning over €32,800 while giving nothing to those earning less than that amount according to a new study by Social Justice Ireland. This study shows that single people earning €125,000 could gain up to €922 (depending on how Government implemented its own proposals) while those earning less thatn €32,800 would gain nothing.
Working Group recommends People's Participation Networks be established in every Local Authority
Government has published the report of the working group on citizen engagement with local government, which recommends that a People’s Participation Network, (PPN) be established in every Local Authority area to ensure extensive input by citizens into the decision-making process at local government level.
European Parliament Committee raises serious questions concerning Troika's engagement with Ireland's bailout
Social Justice Ireland welcomes the fact that the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs:
- Considers that too little attention has been given to alleviating the negative economic and social impact of adjustment strategies in the Bailout countries such as Ireland. and
- That too often the one-size fits all approach taken to crisis management by the Troika did not fully consider the balance in the economic and social impact of the prescribed policy measures.
These were two key points that had been presented regularly to the Troika by Social Justice Ireland in our meetings during the bailout years.
Building a Just Society should be at the core of all Government programmes
783 million people live without clean water, 2.5 billion have no adequate sanitation and 1.4 billion people are without access to electricity in our world today. This is a profoundly unjust situation. In the EU there are 124.5 million people at risk of poverty or social exclusion. In Ireland 16% of the population is at risk of poverty and one in every five children lives in a poor household. On UN World Day for Social Justice (February 20, 2014) it is important to remind ourselves of these facts and of so many more similar facts that show in graphic detail how unjust our world is.
What Future for Ireland and Europe?
Both Ireland and the European Union are at a moment of transition. It is very important in this context that we consider what sort of future we would like to see for Ireland and Europe. With this in mind Social Justice Ireland asked a number of speakers at SPC 2013 about what kind of future they foresee for Ireland and Europe. The interviews are available to view below.
Income tax bands should not be changed in the next Budget – benefit would only go to the better off
Social Justice Ireland challenges the Minister for Finance’s proposal that the tax band ceiling of €32,800 should be raised. Changing the tax bands in the next Budget would only benefit those who are better off, not those earning low incomes.
Perspectives on Fiscal Challenges Facing Ireland - SPC 2013
Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform presented a paper examining the fiscal challenges facing Ireland at the Social Justice Ireland Social Policy Conference 2013. The paper addressed State expenditure, new fiscal rules and sustaining social cohesion.
Social developments in Ireland at the time of fiscal consolidation - SPC 2013
Isvtán P. Svékely, European Commission DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, presented a paper at the Social Policy Conference 2013 which examined social developments in Ireland at the time of fiscal consolidation. The paper explored social indicators and challenges ahead. It was co-authored by Miroslav Florián.
Hope in the Face of Disaster - SPC 2013
John Sharry presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's 2013 Social Policy Conference entitled Hope in the Face of Disaster – Creating a sustainable, viable path for future civilisation’. The paper examines resource shortage economic instability, climate change and constructive responses to these challenges.
What Future for the Regions? - SPC 2013
Dr Patricia O’Hara presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2013 entitled ‘What Future for the Regions?’ The paper examines the regions during the boom and after the collapse and policy options for the future.
OECD publishes Base Erosion Profit Shifting Update for 2014
The OECD has just released an update on the 2014 deliverables of the Action Plan on Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS).
21st Century European Social Investment Imperatives - SPC 2013
Professor Anton Hemerijck presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2013 entitled ‘21st Century European Social Investment Imperatives’. The paper examines the possibility of a New Deal in Europe and the economics of Social Investment.
'Economic Foundations of Social Progress' - Presentation SPC 2013
Professor Seán Ó Rian presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's 2013 Social Policy Conference entitled 'Economic Foundations of Social Progress - Ireland through a Nordic Lens'. The paper examines social protection, employment, finance and institutional transformation from an Irish and a European perspective.
Purchase: What Would REAL Recovery Look Like?
For €15 (including packaging and posatge) you can purchase Social Justice Ireland's annual Socio-Economic Review for 2013 entitled: What Would REAL Recovery Look Like?
Purchase 'Does the European Social Model Have a Future?'
Purchase 'Does the European Social Model Have a Future? Challenges and Responses 70 Years after the Beveridge Report' here for €15 (including packaging and postage).
Purchase 'Building a Fairer Tax System - The Working Poor and the Cost of Refundable Tax Credits'
Purchase 'The Future of the Welfare State'
You can purchase Social Justice Ireland's publication on The Future of the Welfare State for €15 (including packaging and postge).
Social Justice Ireland briefs European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Committee
- The austerity approach followed by the Troika in Ireland and other bailout countries had an unsound academic basis, was a failure in practice, and was morally unethical because poor and middle-income people have borne an unfair share of its consequences.
- While taking a draconian approach to public finances the European Commission has failed to introduce sufficiently rigorous regulation of the financial sector.
- All future Troika Bailout programmes should be bound by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Treaties.
'Towards a Social Europe' - Presentation from SPC 2013
Dr Brigitte Unger director of the WSI (Economic and Social Institute) presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland’s Social Policy Conference 2013 entitled ‘Towards a Social Europe’. It addresses the threats to social policies after the financial crisis, models for a Social Europe and specific suggestions for creating a Social Europe.
More than 285,000 people call on EU to consider Basic Income
285,042 EU citizens have called on the European Commission to consider a Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a fairer and simpler social security system. Each of these citizens signed The European Citizens Initiative (ECI)1 for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI).2 The collection of signatures officially ended on Tuesday January 14th 23.59pm.
'A Future Worth Living For' - Presentations
The presentations made at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2013 are available online here and will be updated over the coming weeks.
Government should reject all proposals for Social Dialogue that excludes major parts of society
- Any proposal for social dialogue involving trade unions and employers only, and excluding large parts of society should be rejected.
- Such a process would result in the available resources being divided between business and some employees with all others depending on the crumbs that are left over.
- All stakeholders, including the Community and Voluntary Sector should be included in any process of social dialogue developed by Government.
- The poorest 10% of society lost most since the onset of the crisis. They must not be excluded from any social dialogue process that Government develops.
2014 - time to end short-termism
There are two questions concerning Ireland in 2014 and beyond that are not being addressed in a satisfactory manner at present i.e.
- What would real recovery look like?
- Is the pathway currently being travelled likely to produce such a recovery?
Initial Response to Medium Term Economic Strategy
The Medium-Term Economic Strategy fails to provide an acceptable guiding vision or a sustainable policy framework for the years ahead. Its approach is lop-sided and most disappointing.
The Government’s guiding vision (page 44) focuses almost exclusively on business and business interests. Social Justice Ireland believes the guiding vision should also envisage an Ireland where everyone would have what they require to live life with dignity and to fulfil their full potential. This would include sufficient income, access to services they need and active inclusion in a genuinely participatory, democratic and sustainable society.
Analysis shows poorest 10% took biggest hit since crash
- Latest statistics show poorest 10% of population lost 18.4% of real disposable income compared to 11.4% loss among the richest 10&% since the crash of 2008.
- Situation worse if cuts in services and increased charges are included in calculations.
- The gap between low and middle-income Ireland on the one hand and the rich on the other hand has widened dramatically.
- Budgets introduced under the tutelage of the Troika were regressive, taking more as a percentage of income from those who have least. The real impact was even more regressive because this calculation does not include the impacts of reductions in services and increased charges introduced in these years, which impact disproportionately on the most vulnerable.
A Future Worth Living For - Vision and a Policy Framework
Ireland needs a combination of vision and pragmatic policies that can truly move the country towards a desirable and sustainable future. We also need to focus on evidence rather than on the endless assertions we hear communicated each day seeking to defend dubious policy developments.
Comprehensive Report on Health Inequities in Europe published
The WHO Regional Office for Europe has just published the Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region, coordinated by University College London’s Institute of Health Equity.