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  • young drug addict manCould Fr Peter McVerry be the new Minister with responsibility for Drug policy?

    Highly unlikely, but his CV would suggest otherwise. Peter has worked with people dependent on drugs since the 1970's. In the early years he would have seen abuse of Cannabis and LSE, from the late 80’s intravenous drugs such as heroin and more recently poly (multiple) drug use.

    The voluntary organisation that bears his name, and which he is a Director of, works daily with people who are dependent on drugs.

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  • Action changes things1Want to make a difference? Then apply for an Internship in the JCFJ

    Action Changes Things. The JCFJ is a catalyst for change, we undertake analysis into social issues including homelessness and imprisonment. All things social Justice. From this analysis and reflection we influence government policy and public opinion.

    We have two exciting opportunities, one in research and the other in campaigns and communications.

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  • Working Notes Issue 75Working Notes Issue 75: Inequality Matters

    There has been an increased focus on inequality in the last few years, from sources as diverse as the Occupy movement and the OECD. The slogan of the former, ‘We are the 99%’, reflects the extreme concentration of wealth and incomes in the top 1% of the population in developed countries.

    While the OECD has identified that ‘Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level for the past half century. The average income of the richest 10% of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10% across the OECD, up from seven times 25 years ago’.

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  • 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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