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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.

An integrated and balanced approach, which takes into account the well-being of individuals and of society, is required in responding to the economic crisis’ according to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). In its recent report NESC argues that economic and social progress are complementary, so that social well-being is a central element in economic recovery.

When this Government took office in June 2007, few foresaw that record levels of 

Despite signs that the recession is slowing in Ireland as well as in many other countries, the short-term labour market outlook remains grim according to the OECD. In its Employment Outlook 2009, published on September 16, 2009, it states that latest OECD projections indicate a further decline in economic activity in Ireland in 2009, with a muted recovery surfacing only in 2010.

Unemployment in better-off countries could reach 10% of the labour force if the economic recovery fails to gain momentum according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This would bring the total number unemployed in these countries to 57 million. It has already reache

The 17 Social Partner groups in the Community and Voluntary Pillar of social partnership have jointly expressed serious concerns about the lack of protection for the vulnerable in our society, in Government plans for national recovery.

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European Commission Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2007 sent to the European Council, February 23, 2007.

For the first time Member States have submitted integrated National Reports on strategies for social 
inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care.
 

The text of the first formal review of the National Social Partnership Agreement, Towards 2016 has now been published.  This review started in February and concluded in September 2008. During that period there were dramatic changes in the economic and fiscal context in which the review was taking place.

February 28, 2007: Submission by CORI Justice to the Department of Finance on Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and CO2 emissions

CORI Justice welcomes the decision by the Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen 
T.D., to undertake a review of the nature and structure of vehicle registration tax 
(VRT) as announced in Budget 2007. For some time CORI Justice has advocated the 

The Draft EU Constitution second draft - a reader friendly edition with highlighted words and comments in the margins - May 28, 2003.

[This does not contain Part III of the draft constitution which will be uploaded to this site as soon as it is available.]

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