Social Justice Ireland Weekly Digest

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Social Justice Ireland Weekly Digest

Social Justice Ireland continues to publish our series of articles and create content for our podcast on areas of particular concern as we see a move out of lockdown.  This week we outlined our rural and regional investment priorities for Budget 2021; called on Government to increase investment in healthcare; and outlined our Budget 2021 priorities in advance of the Budget Forum hosted by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection. We also released the latest episode of our SJI Seminars series of podcasts in which Paddy Cosgrave presents his paper discussing how we might learn from the past to shape the future.  We thank you for your interest in our work.

Until next week, stay safe.


Rural and Regional Investment – priorities for Budget 2021

As we navigate through the global crisis caused by Covid-19, it is clear that our communities, rural areas and regions will bear a significant social and economic impact over the long-term.  Here we outline rural and regional investment priorities for Budget 2021. Read More.



Budget 2021 must address healthcare inequalities

People should be assured of the required treatment and healthcare in their times of illness and vulnerability. The standard of care available is dependent to a great degree on the resources made available, which in turn are dependent on the expectations of society. Covid-19 put an unprecedented strain on our healthcare system, however the systemic issues and overreliance on acute services which dominated the Irish healthcare infrastructure pre-Covid only served to exacerbate the problem. Read More.



Minimum social welfare rates should increase by €7 in Budget 2021

Government should increase in core social welfare rates of €7 per week in Budget 2021 and set a three-year target for Government to reach the benchmark of 27.5 per cent of average earnings.  In the forthcoming Budget Government should also complete the equalisation of Jobseeker’s rates for young people under 26, introduce a cost of disability allowance and introduce a universal state pension. Read More.



37. SJI Seminars Ep9: Paddy Cosgrave – learning from the past to shape the future

Paddy Cosgrave is the founder and CEO of Web Summit. In this week’s episode of Social Justice Matters, we go back to our Social Policy Conference of 2018, and Paddy’s presentation, ‘Learning from the past to shape the future’.

If there’s one positive from Covid-19 and the resultant lockdown, it was the fact that so many people have been willing to re-consider how we have structured our society, particularly the way it has been built around the needs of capital. This presentation is a timely reminder of how we can learn from the past to create a new and better future.

Listen in on iTunes, Spotify, Podcast Republic or wherever you get your podcasts or download direct from our website.