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  • searching for refuge jcfjCriticism Directed at Asylum Process at Launch of 'Search for Refuge'

    At the launch of ‘The Search for Refuge’, the May 2016 issue of Working Notes (the Journal of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice), Judge McMahon expressed frustration at the failure to meaningfully improve living conditions and supports for asylum applicants in Ireland. During 2015, the average processing time doubled for first instance cases, and by the end of the year, the number of pending cases had trebled. To read more, ‘Search for Refuge’ can be accessed at www.workingnotes.ie

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  • Paris AgreementsTimely signing of the Paris Agreement on Earth Day, but much more is needed

    This Earth Day, Friday 22nd April, world leaders gather to sign the Paris Agreement. Although the Agreement reflects political consensus on tackling climate change, action is urgently required to help translate ambition into reality. Catherine Devitt, environmental justice officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice argues that we need to move beyond a narrow framing of environmental problems, to embrace a more holistic perspective which helps transform how we view our relationships with each other and the environment. 

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  • housing crisisHousing Crisis: A Key Issue for our next Government¬†

    Prior 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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  • Make shift shelter Latest Statistics on Family Homelessness Shocking Indictment of Housing Policy

    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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