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The first definitive results of the 2011 census, undertaken on 10th April 2011, show that Ireland’s population continued to grow strongly from 2006, increasing by 348,404 to 4,588,252, and that the total number of non-Irish nationals increased by 124,624 persons or 29.7 per cent from 419,733 to 544,357.

Sharing Responsibility in Shaping the Future was published on September 14, 2011.  This social policy book examines issues regarding the issue of sharing responsibility for shaping the future and how this might be achieved. 

It is time that responsibility for shaping the future was shared in a meaningful way between all stakeholders in the interests of the common good. But sharing responsibility raises its own series of questions such as:

• Why should responsibility be shared?

The total population in the Republic of Ireland is 4,581,269 according to the Census 2011 preliminary results. This is an increase of 341,421 on the 2006 census. In percentage terms this shows an increase of 8.1 per cent over the past five years, or an annual average of 1.6 per cent, compared to 2.0 per cent per annum in the period 2002-2006.

The political and social achievements of Europe are under threat. Public over 
indebtedness, particularly in a context of crisis, exposes states to pressures to cut back 
investment in the field of social protection, access to health-care, education and housing. 
This reduces their ability to take action against inequalities and discrimination. The 
disappearance of jobs as a result of company relocations and technological change in the 

Government has failed to protect the vulnerable according to the 17 organisations in the Community and Voluntary Pillar of social partnership. In its five-point integrated recovery strategy which forms part of its submission for Budget 2011 (launched September 7, 2010) the Pillar argues that this failure must and can be reversed in Budget 2011. The key elements in the Pillar's strategy involve:

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

2004, February 9: Community and Voluntary Pillar of Social Partners makes breakthrough on Rent Supplement issue

The Community and Voluntary Pillar of Social Partners has made significant progress at a meeting with the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Coughlan TD on the issue of Rent Supplement.

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