Social Justice Ireland  is an independent think tank and justice advocacy organisation that 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.

10 most recent posts

Ireland ranked 11th of EU-15 countries in Sustainable Progress Index

Ireland is making poor progress when ranked against the other 14 countries in the EU-15.  The new Sustainable Progress Index, published  by Social Justice Ireland to mark UN World Social Justice Day, February 20, 2017, shows the scale of the challenge facing Ireland under the headings of economy, society and environment.

Median incomes increase but numbers in poverty still worrying

The CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions has been published.  It shows that despite an increase in median incomes 789,855 people are living in poverty in Ireland today.  Of this number 245,645 are children under the age of 18.  Despite the increase in median incomes and other signs of economic recovery these figures show that a significant proportion of the population is still living in very difficult circumstances.  These figures are unacceptable in a developed Western economy.

100,000 people trapped in underemployment – headline employment figures mask worrying trends

Over 100,000 people are currently working part-time hours, but would take full-time employment if they could find it.  This figure has increased by 25 per cent since 2008 and points to a worrying employment trend in Ireland.  This is one of the key findings from Social Justice Ireland's latest Employment Monitor. Some of this part-time work gives rise to increased dependency on state income supports.

Failure to address social challenges is undermining confidence in the EU

Economic recovery has yet to be experienced by large numbers of people in Europe.  Many remain excluded as they continue to lose out in employment, education, healthcare, poverty and related services.  This is undermining the confidence many people had in the European project because they see the EU constantly giving priority to economic issues ahead of social challenges.

Basic Income - Finnish Pilot

This paper examines the basic income pilot in Finland.  It was first presented at a policy conference 'Basic Income - Radical Utopia or practical Solution?’ and published in the accompanying book.  Also available to download is the presentation and a cartoonist’s interpretation of the paper.

Finnish Basic Income Experiment

Recent publications

Employment Monitor - Issue 3

This report is the third issue of Social Justice Ireland’s Employment Monitor; a quarterly output examining Ireland’s employment situation, including employment numbers, significant labour market trends, and other aspects of the macro-economy.  In this issue, the Employment Monitor focuses on underemployment, low pay, and income adequacy.

Europe: The Excluded Suffer while Europe Stagnates

'Europe: The Excluded Suffer while Europe Stagnates’ is the tenth publication in Social Justice Ireland’s European Research Series.  The report reviews the social situation in the 28 EU member states and makes some proposals and recommendations for a more sustainable and inclusive future.  It analyses performance in areas such as poverty and inequality, employment, access to key public services and taxation.  

Basic Income - Radical Utopia or Practical Solution?

Our Social Policy Book 2016 examines the topic of basic income.  It addresses questions such as:

  • Would a Basic Income system make a difference?
  • How could such a system be put in place?
  • What would it cost?
  • Can we afford it?
  • How are Basic Income proposals being advanced in other countries?

This books is available to download below.  The chapters were first presented at a policy conference on the topic of ‘Basic Income: Radical Utopia or Practical Solution?'.

Recent podcasts/videos