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 […]

Climbing Everest

Posted on 18. Aug, 2016 in Charity, Nature, Poverty

Our last piece from 2008 looks at the efforts of Graham Kinch and Ian Taylor and their desire to climb mountains and help others. Graham Kinch and Ian Taylor first met at a Summer Scripture Camp when they were schoolboys.  Their love of mountains reunited them in later life and they now use that passion […]

The Immigrant’s Dilemma

Posted on 04. Aug, 2016 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Faith and Justice, Poverty

Every year in August, we share some of our archive pieces. This year our pieces come from 2007. Here is a piece that is still pertinent for today – being an immigrant. How many of us ever stop to think about what it really must be like to land in a strange country, knowing no-one […]

The search for Refuge

Posted on 28. Apr, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Poverty, Refugees

The ormer chairperson of the Working Group on the Protection Process for asylum seekers, retired Judge Bryan McMahon, expressed disappointment at the slow rate of change in direct provision. He looked at the failure to  resource key recommendations over the past 10 months. Speaking at the launch of ‘The Search for Refuge’, the May 2016 […]

Asylum seekers in Ireland

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Community, Easter, Family, Gospel Values, Poverty, Refugees, Seasons of the Church Year

40% of asylum seekers living in Direct Provision have been waiting 5 years or more for a final decision to be reached on their claim for protection. JRS Ireland is working to secure durable solutions for these asylum seekers and their families. Miriam Gormally spoke with David Moriarity, policy and advocacy officer with JRS, about how […]

Chaplain In Wheatfield Prison

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Chaplaincy, Christian Values, Community, Crime, Education, Holy Week, Places of Conflict, Poverty, Prison, Rehabilitation, Seasons of the Church Year

A recent article in the Irish Times featured an interview with Stephen Plunkett, chief executive of U-Casadh, a programme aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. In it he says that the vast majority of prisoners are not violent and shouldn’t be locked up but rather rehabilitated. The Easter Christian message in particular reminds us of the respect […]

Refuges in Iraq

Posted on 11. Jun, 2015 in Christian Values, Conflict, Poverty, Refugees

A former assistant Provincial of Slovakia felt like he was going to a sure death when he was asked to go to refugee camps in Iraq, a country largely dominated by the Islamic extremist group ISIS. Peter Gerasak SJ eventually made the decision to go when he asked himself, ‘If my family was from Iraq, would I […]

Growing Poverty and Inequality

Posted on 12. Mar, 2015 in Christian Values, Poverty, Uncategorized

Austerity policies in the EU have contributed to intense economic suffering, particularly for young people and other vulnerable social groups, a new report has found. Inequality is on the rise, with growing numbers of extremely rich people alongside growing numbers at risk of poverty. 123 million EU citizens – one in every four – are at […]

Understanding Option for the Poor

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Economy, Faith and Justice, Poverty

Gustavo Gutierrez, founder of liberation theology gave it the central tenet of, “the preferential option for the poor” or “option for the poor” as it is often known. This service of the poor is also one of the clear guiding principals of Pope Francis’ theology. The phrase was also seen to have links with Marxism. […]

Prison Services

Posted on 14. Aug, 2014 in Poverty, Prison, Rehabilitation

A piece from the 2006 archive. Reoffending and rehabilitation are words that are often used when talking about prisoners and the prison system in Ireland today.  Miriam Gormally met up with John Lonergan, the Governor of Mountjoy Prison, who talked about rehabilitation and how poverty, disadvantage and stigmatisation affect it.  John explains why we need […]