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Publications from 2009

Social Justice Ireland's Submission to the European Commission on the EU Future Strategy 2020 consultation- 2009

The European Commission's strategy for the EU until 2020 is deeply flawed and would not be acceptable under any circumstances as a meaningful basis on which to proceed to articulate a vision to guide the EU in the coming decade.

Beyond GDP: What Is Progress And How Should It Be Measured? is the title of Social Justice Ireland’s Social Policy Book for 2009

The National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) has been asked by the Government to focus on the Irish experience of successful and unsuccessful implementation of official policies. As part of this, an NESF Project Team, chaired by Professor Áine Hyland, has been set up to examine policies on child literacy and social inclusion.

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The roots of the current economic crisis lie in a set of policy decisions taken in the late 1990s.  It is important that this fact be recognised and acknowledged before decisions are made on the second Budget for 2009.  Otherwise the decisions made may serve to worsen the situation rather than provide a pathway towards a solution. 

Over the past half century Ireland embraced the whole process of liberal globalisation with enthusiasm. It built on the policy of free trade from the 1960s onwards. Its imports and exports as a percentage of GDP are among the highest in the world.

Social Justice Ireland have publshed a briefing on the Lisbon Treaty. We offer this briefing as a contribution to the current debate as people inform themselves on the issues in preparation to vote in the Referendum on June 12, 2008.

On June 12th, 2008 Irish people will again have their say on a European Treaty. Ireland is the only country of the 27 Member States in the EU holding a referendum on this Treaty.

Working Poor and Children Lose Out in Budget 2009

Budget 2009 did not protect the vulnerable. The working poor and children lose out in Budget 2009. Other social welfare recipients will also be worse off in real terms in the coming year.

This happened despite the fact that the distribution of resources in Budget 2009 was very progressive with the only net beneficiaries being people in receipt of social welfare payments.

Social Justice Ireland's Budget Briefing

Budget lacks vision as banks escape and children are targeted

This Budget lacks a guiding vision.This in turn gives rise to some very serious problems.

Social Justice Ireland's Submission to Commission on Taxation 2009 

European and local elections are taking place in early June. It is a moment of major change.  Not just in Ireland but in Europe and across the world the collapsing financial systems have produced unparalleled economic upheaval with major implications for people across the globe.

Social Justice Ireland's Policy Briefing on Poverty 2009