Justice for All

Posted on 14. Sep, 2017 in Community, Economy

Eamon Murphy, economic and social analyst at Social Justice Ireland said: “most recent data on minimum wage employment shows that about 10% of employees are working for the minimum wage or less.” However the minimum wage rate is still 20% below the living wage. He said that evidence shows people need €11.70 an hour in […]

Social Innovation in the Vatican

Posted on 07. Sep, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, Economy, Nature

Founder of Social Arcade, a cutting edge gaming company, Mariano Di Murro, recently had an innovate career opportunity – he went from making computer games to working in the Vatican. Answering Pope Francis’ appeal to bring about change that would save the planet, he found himself living in the Vatican working on a project to […]

Shadowing Peter McVerry

Posted on 13. Apr, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation, Young people

Chris Brolly is a Jesuit novice on a three-month placement in Dublin. Originally from Newcastle, England, 28 year-old Chris is of Irish Catholic heritage who worked in marginalised communities before joining the Jesuits. In this interview with Pat Coyle from Irish Jesuit Communications, he speaks about his reason for joining the Jesuits and he shares his […]

Solving Inequality

Posted on 19. Jan, 2017 in Economy, Politics, Poverty

Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorer half of the world’s population, according to a new report published by Oxfam. ‘An Economy for the 99 Percent’ shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had been thought thanks to new and better […]

Pressure at Christmas

Posted on 15. Dec, 2016 in Achievement, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice

Christmas is a time for celebration, but for many living on low or fixed incomes, it can be a time of stress and worry. Michelle Murphy from Social Justice Ireland said she sometimes gets calls from people in summer wondering how they will manage over Christmas. She says that it’s also a time when people […]

Analysing Trump’s Win

Posted on 24. Nov, 2016 in Achievement, Community, Economy

Brendan Stuanton SJ, has a background in psychoanalytic thought and says that we can use Freudian interpretation to understand where Trump victory comes from. He says that a Freudian interpretation would point to four fundamental concepts: division; the shock of trauma; the reversal; the drive. In particular, he feels that Trump is about reversal, a deep […]

Discerning Trump’s election

Posted on 10. Nov, 2016 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Economy

Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon first reaction to the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA was dismay. Then he began a process of discernment, wondering what was really behind his election. In this interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, he says there are a large section of people who feel alienated […]

Budget 2017

Posted on 13. Oct, 2016 in Christian Values, Economy

Social Justice Ireland produced a critique of Budget 2017. They say that it favours the better off and increases inequality within society while doing nothing to solve problems around the housing and accommodation crisis. They do however welcome moves toward increasing social welfare payments, but say that it is still not in line with inflation. Their […]

Social Justice and Apple

Posted on 15. Sep, 2016 in Christian Values, Economy

Ireland’s refusal to accept the 13bn euro in recovered taxes that Europe deemed they had given to Apple as unfair state aid, left many people angry at the tax double standard. Spanish MEP Pablo Zalba Bidgegain said that “Citizens who have been asked for great sacrifices cannot understand that big multinationals do not participate in […]

Creating a fairer Budget

Posted on 21. Jul, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Economy

For the first time in many years the government won’t have to implement an austerity budget. Many people are hoping for changes that will help make Ireland a fairer society,especially for those on the margins. Social Justice Ireland, an organisation that works to create a fairer society, said that it was critical in times of […]