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A wide range of material on many policy issues is available on this page.  This includes both material and commentary from Social Justice Ireland and material from other sources.  The policy issues are listed alphabetically in the menu on this page.

The European Commission has proposed that solidarity and social protection should be built on so as to smooth the impact of the economic crisis and to help recovery.  In its proposals for the Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2009 to be agreed by the Council of Minister dealing with employment, social policy, health and consumer protection (known as EPSCO) the Commission has identified ten key messages to be accepted by governmen

A second CRE was announced by Minister Brendan Howlin in his Budget speech on 15 October 2013 and this Review is intended to update the multi-annual expenditure ceilings for the succeeding three year period 2015 – 2017.

Solidarity was at the core of the establishment of the European Union which also sought to promote pluralism, non-discrimination and tolerance. These were seen as promoting human dignity, freedom, democracy and respect for human rights.

The development of the EU has been strongly portrayed as a peace process.  It has been effective in that regard and has contributed to the process of bringing democratic stabilisation to some high-risk regions of Europe. 

Executive Summary Irish Government-funded Studies on Basic Income

This executive summary includes the overview to these studies as published and a summary of the conclusions of the studies prepared by CORI Justice Commission, March 2001.

BRIEFING ON BASIC INCOME

Prepared by CORI Justice Commission, October 4, 2002

A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. It is a form of minimum income guarantee that differs from those that now exist in various European countries in three important ways:

Sharing Limited Resources And A Change Of Course 

22nd October 2003

Work for All: Why and How in a World of Rapid Change by Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds

September 14, 2001

The following article appeared in the Rite & Reason section of the op-ed 
page of the Irish Times on October 16th, 2006. It is based on the opening 
chapter of the second edition of Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice 
and Problems. That chapter, by Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds, is entitled: 
Progress and Public Policy: The Need for a New Paradigm. The book is 
edited by Sean Heály, Brigid Reynolds and Micheál Collins and is published 

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