A Stormy warning?

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, HIV/Aids, Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ophelia was one of the worst storm to hit Ireland in fifty years.  It is part of a trend of worsening weather involving flooding and destructive winds, which are becoming more common as the climate warms. Professor John Sweeny, lecturer at Maynooth University Geography Department says that it is only the beginning and that we […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Young people

In this two part housing special we take an in-depth look at some of the things that are moving Ireland in the direction of less home ownership and towards more precarious rental situations. In this first part, Margaret Burns, from the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice looks at how housing trends have changed dramatically […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail P2

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Homelessness

In this second part of looking at rebuilding Ireland, Margaret looks at the Government action plan, Rebuilding Ireland. She says it is doomed to fail unless there is a fundamental change in ideology. She explores how a housing policy that is largely based on being serviced by the private sector will alway have investment and profit as […]

Celebrating St. Francis

Posted on 12. Oct, 2017 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology

The feast day of St Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment, is celebrated in October. In this interview with artist Eve Parnell, we look back on some of the ways that artists have celebrated and depicted St. Francis over the years. We also look at the connection between him and the current Pope […]

Budget 2018

Posted on 12. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Economy

The response to Budget 2018 was underwhelming. Social Justice Ireland wrote in their critique that it “sees modest improvements for some but fails to get to grips with the scale of the crises needing to be addressed.” They pointed to the fact that there are over 8,000 without a home and that nearly one in […]

Ireland’s Emissions – off the charts!

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

Last week Ireland’s citizen’s assembly met to look at how Ireland can become a leader in tackling climate change. However Niamh Garvey, Trócaire’s Head of Policy and Advocacy said that Ireland’s emission are “off the charts” and are contributing to hunger and a loss of water in some of the poorest countries in the world. In […]

Hunger Strike for Pro Life

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Humane Vitae

The Former Independent election candidate for Donegal, Tim Jackson fasted outside the Dáil in a bid to force the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment to watch a video of an abortion. Senator Catherine Noone wrote to Tim Jackson on the fifth day of his protest, to say she watched the video of an abortion […]

Understanding Irish Wisdom

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Ecology, Festivals

Fiann O’Nuallain is the author of several books about natural herbal advice for common ailments as well as sound practical advice on mindfulness for spiritual, emotional and cognitive well being. He is also interested in how our history and religion can shape us and takes a look back into the religious and cultural history in […]

Former President appointed as Canon

Posted on 28. Sep, 2017 in Achievement, Feminism/Women in the Church

On Sunday 1st October, for the first time, Christ Church Cathedral will admit honorary Ecumenical and Lay Canons to its Chapter. Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese and Professor James Lucey, Medical Director of Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin have been appointed as the first ever honorary lay ecumenical canons […]

Citizens assembly

Posted on 28. Sep, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, Economy, Faith and Justice

The recent hurricanes in the Atlantic have brought the realities of climate change into focus. If we fail to address the issue, there will be ever increasing turbulent weather. This weekend the Citizens’ Assembly will convene in Dublin to look at climate change. The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) has made a submission […]