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

National Social Monitor shows need for longer-term focus in key policy areas

By 2025 the number of people living in Ireland aged over 85 years will have doubled. One clear implication of this will be additional demand for healthcare services and facilities. This is just one of many examples highlighted in Social Justice Ireland's National Social Monitor 2014 which highlight the need for longer-term planning by Government if Ireland is to promote the common good and ensure the wellbeing of its growing population.

Poorest 10% of households pay a larger share of income in tax than richest 10%

New research on the total amount of tax Irish people pay finds that the poorest 10% of households pay a larger share of their income in tax than the richest 10%.  When income tax and indirect taxes such as VAT are included in the calculations the study conducted by the Nevin Economic Research Institute finds that:

More than three quarters of a million people are in poverty in Ireland - an indictment of Government policy

  • 756,591 people are living in poverty in Ireland according to the latest CSO statistics published today..
  • Even though the poverty line fell by 15% since 2008, the proportion of Ireland's population below this lower poverty line has risen by 15% during the same period.

Socio-Economic Review 2014 - Overview

Social Justice Ireland's Socio Economic Review 2014 'Steps Towards a Fairer Future' is a 320-page Review which analyses the economic challenges facing Irish people and the impact of policies put in place by Government. It sets out five key policy areas it proposes should be addressed simultaneously if we are to build a fairer future i.e. macroeconomic stability, just taxation, social protection, governance and sustainability.  Below is a podcast outlining the contents of the review.

Recent publications

National Social Monitor 2014

The National Social Monitor 2014 outlines the present situation on a range of policy issues that impact on people’s well-being.  Social Justice Ireland presents the National Social Monitor as a contribution to the public debate that is urgently needed on Ireland’s future and how Ireland is performing in terms of promoting the wellbeing of all in society. 

Budget Choices 2015

Social Justice Ireland policy briefing Budget Choices 2015 outlines a fully costed alternative budget and presents a series of proposals for Budget 2015 that would see Ireland’s borrowing reduced to below 3% of GDP, make the tax system fairer, protect public services, protect vulnerable people and invest in Ireland's social infrastructure.

Recent podcasts/videos

Socio-Economic Review 2014 - Overview

Social Justice Ireland's Socio Economic Review 2014 'Steps Towards a Fairer Future' is a 320-page Review which analyses the economic challenges facing Irish people and the impact of policies put in place by Government. It sets out five key policy areas it proposes should be addressed simultaneously if we are to build a fairer future i.e. macroeconomic stability, just taxation, social protection, governance and sustainability.  Below is a podcast outlining the contents of the review.

Towards a Social Europe - Presentation

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.