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At a briefing to Oireachtas Members the Community and Voluntary Pillar (CVP) called on the Government to make decisions that are fair and just, that protect the vulnerable and ensure that the cost of Ireland’s restructuring is fairly spread.  Social Justice Ireland is a member of the Community and Voluntary Pillar.

Social Justice Ireland presented this policy briefing to the Troika (International Monetary Fund, European Commission, European Central Bank) on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Child Benefit should not be reduced. There are other choices Government could make that would be fairer and more equitable. Government should stop protecting the rich at the expense of the rest of us e.g. protecting gambling banks and bondholders at the expense of the Irish tax-payer. 

In the latest edition of its publication ‘Quarterly Economic Observer’, NERI (the Nevin Economic Research Institute) focuses on the specific details of an alternative budgetary strategy in the Republic of Ireland for the year 2013. The crisis in unemployment continues as the level of real domestic demand stays constant or is in decline. There is evidence of rising income inequality and consistent poverty.

There is absolutely no justification for Government to reduce social welfare rates in Budget 2013 according to Social Justice Ireland.

Budget 2012 was developed with a microscope when a telescope was required. While it paid great attention to a wide range of issues it has insufficient focus on the longer term or the wider issues that urgently require attention. These range from declining domestic demand to persistent long-term unemployment, from public debt sustainability to growing poverty and inequality.  

Social Justice Irelands Analysis and Critique of Budget 2013

For the second year in a row this Government introduced a Budget that was deeply regressive, both socially and economically. It did nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country.

Unjust, regressive Budget deepens divide in Irish society

Budget 2013 is unjust and regressive.  For the second year in a row this Government has introduced a Budget that is deeply regressive, both socially and economically. It does nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country.

Socially regressive

Social Justice Ireland presented a briefing on the Fiscal Compact to the Joint Oireacthtas Committee on European Union Affairs on March 15, 2012. 

 

The full document containing details of Ireland's Budget for 2012 which were leaked by the Gernamn Parliament may now be read here.  These documents were provided by the Irish Government to the EU Commission on a confidential basis. Of particular interest is the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies contained in this document.

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