• Religion, Markets, and the Secular

    UCSIA Summer SchoolJesus said that you cannot serve two masters. You either hate the one and love the other, or are devoted to one and despise the other. Yet what role does faith have in an age when the one true master often appears to be the market economy? 
     

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  • Climate Change Submission to Citizens’ Assembly

    climate change submission to citizens assemblyThe Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice recently made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic “Making Ireland a Leader in Tackling Climate Change”. 

     

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  • JCFJ Joins European Research Initiative for Social Transformation

    HEST logoThe only way to address the problems facing our societies is to understand them. This basic assumption guides an innovative new initiative from the European Jesuit provinces which seek to bring their networks of universities and social centres together to tackle the challenges that most press on European societies.

     

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  • Solitary Confinement Should Be Last Resort - Committee Against Torture

    Committee Against Torture CAT Concluding ObservationsThe UN Committee Against Torture has published its concluding observations from the second periodic review of Ireland, which took place in July. The examination, by ten independent human rights experts, was to assess Ireland's adherence to the United Nations 'Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment'.

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About the Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is a faith-based organisation working to combat injustice and marginalisation in Irish society, through social analysis, education and advocacy.

The Centre highlights complex social issues, informs opinion and advocates for governmental policy change to create a fair and equitable society for all.

Analysis on our Key Issues

People in prison are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. The majority have left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment... Click here to view all of our material on Penal Policy

Environmental protection has emerged as a key element of social justice debates in recent decades... Click here to view all of our material on Environmental Justice

The right to a safe and secure place to live is one of the most basic human rights, it is fundamental to enable people to live a dignified life... Click here to view all of our material on Housing Policy

In our political discourse, every question of human flourishing seems to be reduced to bottom-line thinking. This focus on riches impoverishes our shared discourse and has serious negative consequences for society Click here to view material on Economic Justice

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice focuses on a number of other issues... Explore all here

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Exploring Social Justice

Why Care - Social Justice Awareness for Younger People

Housing Crisis: A Key Issue for our next Government

housing crisisPrior to the election the JCFJ in a joint statement with other social justice groups argued that the current housing crisis has to be solved.

The next Government needs to have housing top of their agenda and reverse the failed policy of the last 20 years where there has been an over reliance on the private rented sector to meet social housing needs. The Government needs to make local authorities and not-for-profit bodies the key providers of social housing.

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Latest Statistics on Family Homelessness Shocking Indictment of Housing Policy

Make shift shelter Reacting to the January 2016 figures on family homelessness, the Centre says that the current homelessness crisis represents a terrible social injustice and reflects the abject failure of housing policy over the last two decades.

In Dublin there are now 769 families, including 1,570 children, living in emergency accommodation, more than doubling since January 2015. January saw 125 'newly homeless' families, a monthly increase higher than any month in 2015.

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Ireland’s Dysfunctional Housing System

housing crisisIreland’s Dysfunctional Housing System

‘Homelessness is worse now than at any time in recent memory’ says Peter McVerry SJ in our latest issue of Working Notes. In his article he draws attention to some of the serious problems being faced by tens of thousands of households in Ireland today in terms of housing access, affordability and security.

McVerry describes the Irish housing system today as ‘dysfunctional’, with all three sectors – the private housing market, the social housing sector and the private rented sector – in crisis at the same time. The most visible and extreme consequence of that dysfunctionality is the significant increase in homelessness.

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No evidence that government is serious about solving homelessness

Make shift shelter 250xNo evidence that government is serious about solving homelessness

‘I see no evidence that this government is serious about solving the homelessness crisis’ says Homeless Campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry.

World Homeless Day should be an occasion for the Irish Government and Irish society as a whole to acknowledge the scale of the problem of homelessness in Ireland today and to consider how the country can take urgent action to address this serious social crisis.

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Authorities close door on crisis of homelessness

HomelessPeter McVerry SJ wrote to the Irish Times today to draw attention to the current serious housing crisis that is becoming endemic, particularly in urban areas. The current housing shortage, where over 100,000 people are on a waiting list, and where there is now a scarcity of suitable emergency accommodation, has to be addressed now. Read his letter below and the links for some informed thinking on the issue. The JCFJ and Peter have previously said, that very simply, a social housing boom is now needed. Below is the full article.

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Reality of welfare for people who are Homeless

HomelessPeter McVerry SJ wrote to the Irish Times last week to draw attention to the current serious housing crisis that is becoming endemic, particularly in urban areas. The current housing shortage, where over 100,000 people are on a waiting list, and where there is now a scarcity of suitable emergency accommodation, has to be addressed now. Read his letter below and the links for some informed thinking on the issue. The JCFJ and Peter have previously said, that very simply, a social housing boom is now needed.

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