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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.

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

A large empirical literature is emerging on the determinants of happiness and mental 
well-being. As would be expected, this topic has attracted attention from medical 
statisticians, psychologists, economists, and other investigators (including recently 
Easterlin 2003, Blanchflower and Oswald 2004, Helliwell and Putnam 2004, Lucas et 
al 2004, Layard 2005, Smith et al 2005, Ubel et al 2005, Gilbert 2006, and Kahneman 
et al 2006). However, a fundamental research question remains poorly understood. 

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

September 14, 2001

The world arranged itself around a distribution between sovereign states, with each state taking 
responsibility for the group that it represented. In the 21st century, however, we are living 
unavoidably in a world of greater complexity. The inter-State relations and the transnational 
movements are interlinked and crossed with confrontations between States, conflicts that 
persist, and social violences that affect entire regions.
 
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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