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A new study produced by Social Justice Ireland for Caritas Europa reveals disturbing levels of poverty and deprivation in the seven EU countries worst affected by the economic crisis: Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

New 7-country study shows EU policies continue to produce rising poverty and unemployment.

The prioritisation by the EU and its Member States of economic policies at the expense of social policies during the current crisis is having a devastating impact on people, especially in the seven countries worst hit.

Public service pay is only one of a range of areas that need to be addressed in a coherent and integrated manner if the common good is to guide decisions on Ireland’s future.  Issues such as taxation, debt, investment and competitiveness, public services and public expenditure levels and public sector reform should all be addressed in an integrated manner that maximises fairness and solidarity.

A new Caritas Europa study, reveals disturbing levels of poverty and deprivation in the five EU countries worst hit by the economic crisis; Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.  It also finds that the prioritisation by the EU and its Member States of economic policies at the expense of social policies during the current crisis is having a devastating impact on people - especially in the five countrie

The publication of two studies on public services in Ireland is welcomed by Social Justice Ireland. Achieving quality in public services requires both a commitment to preventing harms and a search for continuous improvement.

The Irish Prison Service has misled the general public in a recent statement. It claimed to be introducing a range of ‘gratuity’ payments for those held in prison, supposedly to reward good behaviour while punishing those who are disruptive or refuse to engage with rehabilitative services.

Children should not have to pay for gambling losses of bankers and developers - IMF criticised

  • Children should not have to pay for gambling losses of bankers and developers
  • Ireland can balance its budget without victimising children
  • IMF urged to propose fair and just solutions to Ireland’s problems

It would be totally unacceptable for Government to introduce a process of social dialogue that would benefit the rich and exclude the rest of us according to Social Justice Ireland, commenting on a proposal presented by the General Secretary of Impact, Mr Shay Cody recently. 

The Government has decided on the structure of the healthcare system which is to follow the dissolution of the HSE. The full Government statement is reproduced below. There are serious questions that arise from the structure proposed by Government. Will it be more efficient than the HSE? Will it deliver an integrated system? Will it give priority to the development of REAL Primary Care Teams.
 
FULL TEXT OF GOVERNMENT STATEMENT

Sharing Responsibility In Shaping The Future  is the title of Social Justice Ireland’s Social Policy Book for 2011

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