Government should increase basic social welfare rates by €5 in Budget 2014. This is essential because the value of basic social welfare payments has fallen when measured against average weekly earnings across all employment sectors since the downturn began. The Old Age Pension system should be replaced with a universal [...]
It’s not rocket science – school costs too much. This was the simple message SVP Social Justice brought to the Oireachtas Committee which yesterday launched their Tackling Back to School Costs report. While SVP welcomes the Joint Oireachtas report on the costs of education it is impatient to press on and [...]
Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014 argues that: There should be no more cuts in expenditure in Budget 2014. A minimum effective corporate tax rate (6%) and a maximum effective income tax rate (45%) should be introduced. Tax credits and welfare rates should rise by €5 a week. Budget 2014 [...]
A former Director of Public Prosecutions has asserted that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 may be inconsistent with the Constitutional clause which recognises the right to life of the unborn and the equal right to life of the mother and promises to “defend and vindicate that [...]
The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has called on the State to provide a comprehensive redress scheme that provides individual compensation, restitution and rehabilitation for women who were in Magdalene Laundries.
The IHRC yesterday published its Follow-up Report on State Involvement with Magdalen Laundries saying the State failed in its obligation [...]
Trócaire and Concern have launched emergency appeals for Syria. Trócaire warns that the situation in the region threatens to reach catastrophic levels following the dramatic deterioration in the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.
“Over eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid,” said Maurice McQuillan, Trócaire’s Head of Humanitarian [...]
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has called on the Central Bank to publish baseline data to take money lending out of the shadows.
SVP members are becoming increasingly alarmed at the prevalence of money lenders in the communities they serve. Of particular concern is that vulnerable households are [...]
Hong Kong – Tireless work to “contribute to the formation and development of man”: is what is carried out by Caritas Hong Kong, one of the largest diocesan Caritas in the world, with over 10 thousand volunteers and projects in India, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, China. This is what [...]
Millionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and a host of other well-known names are leading tens of thousands of people in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday in a campaign to help end global hunger.
The ‘Enough food for everyone IF..’ campaign is calling on leaders of [...]
The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, has paid tribute to the “enormous work” done by Irish missionaries throughout the world.
Speaking to ciNews following his address to the ‘Mission, Today and Tomorrow’ conference in All Hallows in Dublin, Minister Costello said, “We feel that the work that they [...]
Pope Francis met with humanitarian groups dealing with the Syrian crisis on Wednesday before his general audience. The event was organized by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”.
“In the face of ongoing and overwhelming violence, I strongly renew my appeal for peace,” said the Holy Father. He encouraged the inititatives of [...]
The Sisters of Mercy in America are taking their bus out on the road again this year. The second ‘Nuns on the Bus’ as their action is named, will call for fair immigration reform that puts families and basic human needs first. The Senate immigration reform bill S.744 is to [...]