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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.

Social Justice Ireland’s analysis of the Government’s National Plan for Recovery 2011-2014 shows that social welfare rates are set to fall by between €40 and €62 a week for a single person by 2014 if the €3bn in welfare cuts are to be implemented.   The government’s suggestions on how savings in the welfare budget are to be achieved are simply not credible. The Plan contains nothing of substance to increase the number of jobs.

Distribution of the 'hit' in Ireland's bailout confirms the EU, the IMF and the Irish Government favour the rich and powerful over the poor and the ordinary taxpayer

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following initial statement on the Programme Documents that set out the terms of the EU/IMF Bailout for Ireland. 

This Plan provides a blueprint for a return to sustainable growth in our economy. It sets out in detail 
the measures that will be taken to put our public finances in order. It identifies the areas of economic 
activity which will provide growth and employment in the next phase of our economic development. It 
specifies the reforms the Government will implement to accelerate growth in those key sectors. 
Reducing the budget deficit will not, by itself, solve our economic difficulties.

Social Justice Ireland asks Government to clarify how €3bn welfare decreases are to be achieved by 2014

Unjust Government Plan is bad for the economy, bad for society, bad for social cohesion; it is good for rich and powerful e.g. bond-holders and corporate sector

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following initial statement on the Government’s National Plan for Recovery 2011-2014. 

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has published a study in which it recommends that the way to raise Ireland's employment so as to avoid the persistence of the current high unemployment rate is to reduce unemployment payments over time. It believes this should be supported by stricter job search requirements, additonal resources for FAS (to assist these job searches) and a reduction in the minimum wage.

Social Justice Ireland has claimed that Government’s proposals to adjust Ireland’s budget in the next four years is unjust and unfair. Government is proposing to achieve adjustments of €15bn by 2014 through taking €10bn in cuts and only €5bn in tax increases.  Ireland’s total tax-take is one of the lowest in the European Union. It is possible to raise Ireland’s total tax-take by €10bn and still remain a low-tax country.

Social Justice Ireland has challenged the current efforts by many vested interests to protect the corporate sector while allowing the weak, the vulnerable, the ill and the working poor take the hit for the reckless actions of greedy bankers, incompetent regulators and an inept government.

There is one dominant framework or paradigm concerning work that is accepted in 
most of the western world. This paradigm equates meaningful work with paid 
employment. It asserts that full time jobs are available for everyone seeking them, 
that these jobs will provide adequate income for people holding them and their 
„dependants‟ and that good social insurance will be available for people who are sick 
or unemployed. In this way everyone will have meaningful work, adequate income, 

EU Commissioner for Economic and Monitory Affairs, Mr Olli Rehn, has insulted Ireland’s poor and vulnerable people by refusing to meet the Community and Voluntary Pillar that represents these people in the social partnership process.  By refusing to meet the C+V Pillar the Commissioner has confirmed that the European Commission supports the Government’s budgetary strategy which will damage the poor, the sick, the vulnerable and the unemployed.