The Irish State should play a greater role in industrial development, basing its decisions on skilful evidence-based analysis and deeper democratic participation, speakers stated in a round-table discussion at Social Justice Ireland’s 2014 Policy Conference.
Ireland needs a combination of vision and pragmatic policies that can truly move the country towards a desirable and sustainable future. The lack of a “guiding vision” in Ireland has led to a lack of coherence at the core of public policy. The need for long-term planning, a new social contract and a guiding vision to underpin policy were among the issues addressed at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2014.
Ireland is facing major choices, They are the same choices that faced the country in the early 2000s. They weren't addressed directly then and there is little evidence that they are being addressed directly now. The chapters in Planning and Delivering a Fairer Future - Values, Democracy and Service Provision seek to address these choices. They set out the challenges facing us and identify options, frameworks and pathways towards a future that would be just, sustainable and desirable.
Professor Colin Scott's presentation at the Social Policy Conference 2014 is available to view. Click the 'read more' link below to watch a larger video or to download the full text of the presentation.
Social Justice Ireland's presentation at the Social Policy Conference 2014 is available to view. Click the 'read more' link below to watch a larger video or to download the full text of the presentation.
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.