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Our 2019 Social Policy Conference


The Challenges of Success – Addressing Population Growth in Ireland

Ireland's growing and ageing population is a success story.

We have one of the youngest populations in Europe, with a comparatively high birth rate. Advances in healthcare provision and healthier food, an increased awareness of wellbeing, and improved standards of living more generally have led to low infant mortality rates and increased life expectancy.

But these improvements are not being experienced equally by all groups in Irish society, and they bring with them challenges in many policy areas.

In the first of a series of conferences on Ireland's changing demography, we focus on children and older people:

  • What demographic trends can we expect to see over the coming decades?
  • How can we harness the 'demographic dividend' that comes with having one of the youngest populations in Europe?
  • What are the biggest policy challenges around accommodation and care that Ireland will face as older people make up an increasingly higher proportion of our population?
  • What policies are needed to support these two cohorts and what solutions are available to meet the challenges brought on by our own success?

Please join us at Croke Park Conference Centre for what promises to be a highly engaging and stimulating conference.



09:30 - Registration

10:00 - Introduction and Welcome:

Dr. Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland
Setting the Scene - Demographic Change in Ireland

James Hegarty, Central Statistics Office

11:00 - Tea/Coffee

11:30 - Rebuilding Ireland for Everyone                               

Colette Bennett, Social Justice Ireland

Seán Moynihan, ALONE

13:00 - Lunch (hot - provided)

14:00 - The Kids are Alright... Aren't They?

Roddy Doyle, Author

Dr. Elizabeth Nixon, Trinity College Dublin

15:30 - Tea/Coffee

16:00 - Living Well in Our Community

Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea, IGS and St. Vincent's Hospital

16.45 - Wrap Up and Final Thoughts

Dr. Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland

17.00 - Conference Close

Conference will be chaired by Michael Clifford (Irish Examiner)

The Annual General Meeting of Social Justice Ireland will follow the Conference.