• Real Love Challenges Vested Interests

    peter mcverry 1Pope Francis, in everything he says and does, takes the side of the poor and marginalised over and against the wealthy and powerful. He challenges the global structures which deny many their basic human rights and maintain people in their poverty and suffering, while enriching the few, says Peter McVerry SJ. 

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  • Will Francis Comment on Neoliberalism?

    pope moneyPope Francis’ visit to Ireland is a cause of excitement to many and dismay to others. Beneath the flurry of events associated with the World Meeting of Families and the simmering controversy around protests, his visit is an opportunity to reflect on one of the major emphases of his papacy, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • Prisoner Amnesty for Papal Visit

    pope prisonersEoin Carroll's article in the Irish Times looks back to the arrival of John Paul II in 1979, when 76 prisoners were granted early release, and questions why there is no mention of an amnesty to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis.

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  • Safe Spaces For Young People in Prison

    youth day 2018The theme of International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth, something that resonates strongly with the work in prison and penal reform that the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is involved in. The centre has long been an advocate for changes in the prison system for young adults, whom we view as a discrete demographic group, worthy of particular consideration.

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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice works 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.

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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

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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

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Working Notes Issue 82

working notes webWorking Notes has a brand new look! In Issue 82, we look back on the ten years since the crash.

There are few votes in climate policy, hence the reluctance of successive governments to embrace it, says Sadhbh O'Neill, in her article Ireland and Climate Change: Looking Back and Looking Ahead about the missed opportunities of the last decade in terms of adapting to climate change and the impending environmental challenges Ireland is facing.

Cian O'Callaghan, Assistant Professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin whose recent research explored the impacts of Ireland’s property bubble and associated crisis takes us on a tour of the so-called 'ghost estates' which were a hallmark of the crash in this issue in Crisis Ruins and their Resolution? Ireland’s Property Bubble Ten Years On.

Henry Silke is a journalism lecturer in at the University of Limerick. His article, Framing the Tiger’s Death: How the Media Shaped the Lost Economic Decade looks at how the Irish media's agenda-setting and framing shaped the last ten years.

Marie Mianowski is associate professor at the University of Nantes. Her research focuses on Irish studies as well as place and landscape issues in literature and the arts. In this issue, Kevin Hargaden interviews her about her work 'Post Celtic Tiger Landscapes in Irish Fiction' which examines Irish novels and short stories by writers including William Trevor, Anne Enright, Donal Ryan, Claire Kilroy, Kevin Barry and Colum McCann. They discuss its representations of place and landscape in Irish fiction since 2008.

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