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Ireland’s inaction an affront to global climate agreement

Wednesday October 5th marked the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Undoubtedly, this is a welcomed milestone in international efforts to curb dangerous climate change levels; however without committed, ambitious and tangible efforts at a national level, the goals of the agreement will not be achieved. In response to the ratification, the Stop… Read more »

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Jesuit Centre says Ireland’s lenient 2030 climate targets do little for climate justice

The Centre has criticised the Government’s position towards tackling climate change, following the European Commission’s recent publication of its 2030 targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, for each Member State. Ireland received significant concessions, reducing its 2030 targets significantly, in comparison to the targets of other EU Member States. While some have described the… Read more »

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Time to End Severe Confinement of Young Adults in Prison

The Centre has called on the Government to end ‘severe confinement’ for young adults in prison. Out of fear for their own safety, 100+ young adults (aged 18–24) are spending up to 23 hours a day in their cell. Our latest report, Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults recommends that Youth Justice, under the Department of… Read more »

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Reading Between the Lines of The Joy of Love

Liberals have argued that the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, is disappointingly traditionalist.Traditionalists, ironically, are disturbed that it is too innovative.  In an article in the June Furrow JCFJ staff member Gerry O’Hanlon outlines why he thinks that, by reading between the lines, the traditionalists are closer to the truth, but… Read more »


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Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice to jointly host seminar on Laudato Si’on June 8th

Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice to jointly host seminar on Laudato Si’on June 8th On June 8th, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Trόcaire, in association with the Loyola Institute (Trinity College Dublin) will host a seminar event titled ‘Caring for our Common Home; Towards an Integrated Perspective on Society and the Environment’.… Read more »

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Criticism 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,… Read more »

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Timely 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… Read more »

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Housing 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… Read more »

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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.… Read more »

Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice joins Stop Climate Chaos Coalition

  The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice are pleased to announce that it has joined Stop Climate Chaos – “a coalition of civil society organisations campaigning to ensure Ireland plays its part in preventing runaway climate change”.