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Social Justice Ireland has just published its annual review of the social inclusion aspects of Ireland's National Reform Programme and the Europe 2020 Strategy.  The review examines Ireland's performance in relation to the targets set within the National Reform Programme on poverty and social inclusion, employment and education.

A new study from Social Justice Ireland published January 14th, 2013, shows that Ireland is further away from achieving its targets on employment, poverty and social inclusion than it was when these targets were originally set two years previously.

  1. The Government’s new child poverty target could be reached while child poverty continues to grow!
  2. No target set to reduce the numbers of ‘working poor’ - means major group continues to be ignored in practice.

The Government has just published the National Reform Programme 2012 Update for Ireland which contains, amongst other information a revised poverty target under Ireland’s commitments to the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Government is failing to reach the key targets it set itself as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy immediately after it came to power in 2011.  A new study from Social Justice Ireland published today, January 30th, 2012 shows that many of Ireland's major indicators on poverty and social inclusion are moving in the wrong direction.  Poverty has increased by almost 60,000.  Unemployment is not falling and the numbers employed are not increasing.

The following report was compiled by Social Justice Ireland in the context of the Europe 2020 
Strategy and of Ireland’s National Reform Programme which sets out Ireland’s contribution to 
achieving the overarching targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy. 
 
The report covers three of the five headline targets established in the Irish National Reform 
Programme, namely, education, employment and ‘poverty and social exclusion’. On each of 

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.

The European heads of government have produced a strategy for the next ten years that is underwhelming to say the least. The development model on which it is built is lop-sided.

POVERTY is something we cannot afford, according to the European Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion.

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