Social Justice Ireland Weekly Digest

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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 called for Balanced Regional Development; considered the findings of the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2020; asked what a new National Index of Progress might look like; and proposed a Social Dialogue process at local government level.  We also released a podcast where we chatted to Robert Thornton, Senior Research and Policy Officer with the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice about the Minimum Essential Standard of Living and the Living Wage. We thank you for your interest in our work.

Until next week, stay safe.

Time for Balanced Regional Development
A sustainable environment, a sustainable society and a sustainable economy require thriving communities across the entire country, but especially in rural areas.  It requires leadership and commitment on the policies required to move to a low carbon future, and also requires that we measure what counts. Read More.
Low taxation is not the key to a competitive economy
The most competitive economies of Europe all collect substantially more tax than Ireland does. The evidence suggests that a low tax, low service strategy for attracting investment is short-sighted and that quality education, infrastructure and services are far more important. Read More.
What could a new National Index of Progress look like?
The commitment to using wellbeing indicators alongside economic indicators in the Programme for Government is welcome.  Creating a sustainable Ireland requires the adoption of new indicators to measure progress. To reflect this, the wellbeing indicators that the new Government has committed to developing must include new indicators measuring both wellbeing and sustainability in society, to be used alongside measures of national income like GDP, GNP and GNI. Read More.
Social Dialogue for Local Government crucial for Rural Development
The COVID-19 crisis highlighted, among other things, the importance of community and a community-based response.  Yet this importance is often not reflected in the decision-making processes that affect those communities.  While the draft Programme for Government makes welcome reference to Social Dialogue at national level, there is a role for local level Social Dialogue also. Read More.
32. SJI Interviews Ep16: A Minimum Essential Standard of Living, with Robert Thornton, VPSJ

In the latest episode of our SJI Interviews series, Colette Bennett chats with Robert Thornton, Senior Research and Policy Officer with the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice on their work, the Minimum Essential Standard of Living, the Living Wage and what the next Government could do to provide for a decent standard of living for all.

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

Enrolment now open for MA in Social Justice and Public Policy and Scholarships Available!
The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy is a 2-year part-time programme – delivered in Dublin – which gives students a unique opportunity to develop a theoretical framework and the deep capacity for analysis, understanding, knowledge, skills and practices needed to engage meaningfully in social change towards a more just and inclusive society, focusing particularly on influencing public policy.Social Justice Ireland is a key partner in this programme. Read More.

We are also delighted to announce the availability of 2 Scholarships for this MA Programme.  For more details, Read More.