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SJI says direct provision is increasingly unfit for purpose

Last year (up to November 2018) asylum applications to Ireland increased by 27 per cent on the same time in the previous year, with the majority of applicants coming from Georgia, Albania, Syria, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

2019.03.20.

Focus Ireland helps record number of homeless people

We need to ensure the money is spent wisely, but it is not the most significant cost. The most significant cost is to the people involved and to the fabric of our society – Focus Ireland Life President and Founder, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.

2018.07.19.

Ireland’s progress slow on Sustainable Development Goals

“Much greater urgency and political leadership will be required if we are to ensure the transformative change that the SDGs envisage by 2030” – Suzanne Keatinge.

2018.07.18.

Raise tax to fund fair and equal society – SJI report

The Irish Government needs to increase the tax by €3 billion to fund a fair and equal society. The money can be raised from measures such as a minimum effective corporate tax rate of 10%, a financial transactions tax, eco-taxes, and increasing the minimum effective tax rates on high earners.

2018.04.04.

Rising tide only helps those with strong boats: Social Justice Ireland

Report shows Ireland is among bottom four countries of 15 European nations on sustainable progress index.

2018.02.23.

Children still living in poverty in Ireland

Children are living in households which are going 24 hours without a substantial meal, or being cold because parents are unable to afford to heat the home.

2017.12.21.

More than two-thirds of workers with a disability are without jobs

Without specific government intervention there is little chance of an increase in the number of disabled people with jobs.

2017.12.11.

Future of Ireland and EU – a choice, not a chance.

The European Union has to become a caring Union, looking out for the socially deprived, Social Justice Ireland tells Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Future of the European Union.

2017.12.01.

Tax cut proposals unjust says Social Justice Ireland

A study conducted by SJI, shows that while there should be no net reduction in tax in Budget 2018, the impact of some proposals currently being considered would be what it called “profoundly unfair” because they favour only those with higher incomes.

2017.10.04.

90,000 homes needed for those on housing waiting lists

The private sector will never build social housing units on the scale required.

2017.09.04.

Varadkar – homeless crisis will not be solved in government’s lifespan

“We need consistent monitoring to ensure that we really get to the crux of this issue and stop more families from becoming homeless in the first place” – Focus Ireland.

2017.07.28.

Change fiscal rules to invest in fairer Ireland – SJI

“Budget 2018 should be designed so that it is both economically sound and socially fair. These twin objectives are both realistic and achievable. However, they need to be underpinned by a clear policy commitment to achieving both” – Dr Seán Healy.

2017.07.19.

Investment not tax cuts for better future for all

Most people want to see reductions in healthcare waiting lists, increases in social housing provision and reliable high-speed broadband across rural Ireland. To achieve this means there should be no net tax cuts in Budget 2018 – Social Justice Ireland.

2017.06.29.

Numbers employed in part-time jobs in Ireland “worrying”: SJI

“Over 100,000 people are currently working part-time hours, but would take full-time employment if they could find it.”

2017.02.01.

Basic income is not a utopian dream

“Ireland in 2016 has the resources to implement a basic income system,” says Fr Seán Healy.

2016.11.21.

One million over 65s by 2031 SJI highlights

“This level of population ageing will be associated with higher levels of disability and long-term ill-health and now is the time for planning and investment.”

2016.09.05.

Social Justice Ireland calls for €1bn investment in infrastructure

Investing €400m on rural broadband would have better impact on productivity than tax cuts.

2016.07.19.

Social Justice Ireland highlights poverty linked to income inequality

SJI warns that 18 percent of adults living in poverty in Ireland are employed - the “working poor”.

2016.07.05.

Call for investment programme for social housing & broadband

Social Justice Ireland argue investment will yield significant returns in terms of both employment and productivity, and will also address two of the largest infrastructural deficits in Ireland today.

2016.06.20.

Europe needs to be constructive actor for peace

Peace and security policies were at the centre of the debate of the spring plenary assembly of COMECE's bishops in Brussels.

2016.03.07.

Pre-election call for a more inclusive recovery

SVP head of social justice calls for adequate income supports and good quality public services such as housing, education and energy.

2016.01.26.

Launch of ‘Robin Hood’ tax campaign in Ireland

Proposed tax could generate up to €320m a year and could help address the housing crisis, child poverty, or the effects of climate change.

2016.01.21.

1.3m people experiencing deprivation in Ireland

230,000 children are at risk of poverty – up 12,000 in a single year warns Social Justice Ireland.

2015.11.29.

By 2031 there will be one million over 65s in Ireland

“We are focusing far too much on the performance of the economy and not nearly enough on issues such as aging, social housing and sustainability" - Dr Seán Healy.

2015.08.31.

Work is sacred states Pope Francis

With over 200,000 unemployed, the Government must respect individuals who start businesses and incentivise them says Irish economist.

2015.08.22.

Tax cuts will hurt the old, sick & vulnerable: SJI

“This is not the time for tax cuts. All available resources should be used to address Ireland’s major deficits in areas such as caring, housing and poverty."

2015.07.01.

272,000 fewer full-time jobs in Ireland today

Social Justice Ireland warns of "precarious" employment with an increase in the number of part-time jobs which have left many underemployed.

2015.04.28.

Austerity has resulted in intense suffering: SJI

Some 123 million EU citizens – one in every four – are at risk of poverty and social exclusion – an increase of 7 million in the six years up to 2013.

2015.03.09.

Government urged to give lead on climate change

Social Justice Ireland calls on the Coalition to ensure its policies on climate change are coherent.

2015.02.20.

Public policy isn’t promoting inclusive growth

Social Justice Ireland warns that the number of people with jobs who are in poverty (the ‘working poor’) remains at very high levels.

2015.01.30.
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