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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.

This is the information supplied by the Irish Government on the revisions to the EU/IMF Bailout negotiated at the end of the second quarter of this Bailout. It was supplied on April 15, 2011.

EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland 

The recent spring European Council (i.e. heads of Government in the EU) gave the final go-ahead for a comprehensive package of measures to preserve the financial stability of the eurozone and to strengthen economic governance. Both of these initiatives have implications for Ireland and raise serious questions concerning the real commitments of the European Council and the EU generally to proceed in a balanced and inclusive manner.

Some multinational corporations are diverting profits made in developing countries to Ireland to avail of the low corporation tax rate here. By so doing they are robbing the countries in which they made their money of billions of euros in tax revenue.

1.   Ireland’s Banks Stress Tested:The Financial Measures Programme Report, which details the outcome of the review of the capital and funding assessments of domestic Irish banks(stress test) published on Thursday 31st March 2011

The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, has included a tax on financial transactions as part of his budget plan covering the period 2012-2015. This is a very welcome development. Social Justice Ireland has constantly argued for the introduction of a tax on financial transactions along the lines of the proposal originally presented by Nobel Economics Prize winner James Tobin and known since then as the Tobin Tax.

The following Ministers of State were appointed by Government on March 10, 2011

Over the past decade mass media has often promoted false assumptions and communicated poor social analysis and, in many cases, is continuing to do so today according to Fr Seán Healy, SMA, Director of Social Justice Ireland. 
Addressing journalism students in the University of Limerick Seán Healy argued that:

The cabinet appointed by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny on March 9, 2011:

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to urge the EU to promote the introduction of a financial transaction tax such as the Tobin Tax which could raise around €200 billion per year in the EU and would also discourage speculative trading by making it more costly. A tax along these lines has been proposed constantly by Social Justice Ireland.

Fine Gael and Labour have produced a programme for Government entitled Government for National Recovery 2011-2016.

The full text of the Programme for Government 2011-2016 may be downloaded below

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following as an initial response to the new Programme for Government.