People and Participation
Social Justice Matters Policy Brief - Participation
‘Social Justice Matters Policy Brief’ is a series designed to provide independent and in-depth analysis on important social policy issues and to present policy options that should be prioritised in the coming years. In this issue we look at the importance of community and participation, at local, regional and national levels.
Citizen participation and building real engagement at local level is vital to democratic process
Citizen participation and building real engagement at local level is vital to re-engage people in the democratic process. Ensuring that people are involved in making the decisions that affect them and their communities is a key element of real democracy. True involvement requires participation that goes beyond voting and representative democracy.
Budget 2022 must embrace need for new priorities
Despite significant progress over the past few months, Ireland remains in a period of enormous uncertainty. Optimistic assumptions point towards a rebound in economic activity and employment from late 2021 or early 2022. Conversely, pessimistic assumptions fear ongoing public health related disruptions and a slow emergence from the Covid-19 crisis. Most likely, the reality lies somewhere in between - but there are limited clues as to where.