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52. SJI Seminar Ep13: Ann Pettifor, Ireland and Europe: the urgent need for a social, economic and ecologically just transformation.

52. SJI Seminar Ep13: Ann Pettifor, Ireland and Europe: the urgent need for a social, economic and ecologically just transformation.

November 26, 2020

Ann Pettifor is best known for her prediction of the Great Financial Crisis in The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006).  In 2008 she co-authored The Green New Deal published by New Economics Foundation. In 2017 Verso published The Production of Money on the nature of money, debt and the finance sector. She is the author of The Case for The Green New Deal (Verso, 2019).

In her paper for the Social Justice Ireland Annual Social Policy Conference, Ann speaks of the urgent need for ambitious, cohesive and transformative economic policies and for Europe’s need to face challenges collectively, and in solidarity. But Europe must do more. The upcoming challenges are daunting: not just the ecological and economic failure brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and the risk of a debt-deflationary downward economic spiral,  but also the economic divergences that have led to the rise of anti-Europe sentiment, nationalism and populism; and the grave, even terrifying ecological risks that transcend borders.  

51. SJI Interviews Series Ep27: Jerome Marston, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

51. SJI Interviews Series Ep27: Jerome Marston, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

November 19, 2020

International Children's Day is November 20th. To mark this occasion, Colette Bennett chats with Jerome Marston, Researcher with the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack about their 2020 report - Education Under Attack 2020 and why this issue is so important, particularly to children growing up in areas of armed conflict.

50.SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep11: Deliberative Democracy and the Development of the Public Participation Networks

50.SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep11: Deliberative Democracy and the Development of the Public Participation Networks

November 12, 2020

Deliberative democracy goes beyond mere representation to give a voice to all citizens in the decision-making process. The development of the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) in 2014 provided a mechanism for community groups to have their say in local government decision-making. With over 15,000 member organisations, PPNs are going from strength to strength. In this Ten Minute Lesson, we take a quick look at the pathway to the development of the PPNs.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should follow in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

49. SJI Interviews Ep26: Emmet Kirwan in conversation with Mick Clifford

49. SJI Interviews Ep26: Emmet Kirwan in conversation with Mick Clifford

November 5, 2020

Emmet Kirwan is an Irish actor and playwright, best known for his 2014 play Dublin Oldschool and the 2018 movie of the same name. He is also an activist whose work has always had a political tone.

He finds this an easier way to address the social issues he wants to address. "If you have a narrative, people can’t attack that in the same way they can an individual who speaks out".

At our 2018 Social Policy Conference, Emmet sat down with Mick Clifford of the Irish Examiner for a chat that covered everything from political activism to education policy and personal debt.

48. SJI Interviews Ep25: Ciaran Nugent (NERI) on the Irish labour market

48. SJI Interviews Ep25: Ciaran Nugent (NERI) on the Irish labour market

October 29, 2020

Our guest interview this week is Ciaran Nugent, an an economist with the Nevin Economic Research Institute. We discuss some recent trends in the Irish labour market, and a broader vision for the future of the Irish economy.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

47. SJI Seminars Ep12: Our Budget 2021 Analysis Seminar

47. SJI Seminars Ep12: Our Budget 2021 Analysis Seminar

October 15, 2020

Less than 24 hours after Ministers Donohoe and McGrath stood up in the Convention Centre to deliver the Budget speech, Social Justice Ireland published the first full and comprehensive analysis of Budget 2021.

In this podcast, you can listen to our post-Budget 2021 seminar, delivered the morning after Budget Day, where we launched this analysis.

Did government take the correct fiscal stance? What is it doing to reduce poverty and inequality? Does the Budget do enough to address climate change? How is the government dealing with the housing crisis? How will Ireland’s most vulnerable fare in Budget 2021? These questions and more are answered.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

46. SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep10: What is the Budget, and how will it affect you?

46. SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep10: What is the Budget, and how will it affect you?

October 8, 2020

Budget 2021 is just around the corner. In the latest episode of our Ten Minute Lessons series, we bring you through the Budget process, when you might expect to feel the impact of the Budget and how you can advocate for change.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

 

45. SJI Interviews Ep24: Dr. Liam Thornton on Direct Provision in Ireland

45. SJI Interviews Ep24: Dr. Liam Thornton on Direct Provision in Ireland

October 1, 2020

The current system of Direct Provision was first introduced into Ireland in the year 2000. Over two decades later national and international experts have been damning in their assessment of the system and its "significant human rights" issues. The Programme for Government committed to the abolition of Direct Provision, a welcome move.  But how can this be done?

In the latest episode of our Interview series, Colette Bennett chats with Dr. Liam Thornton of UCD on the system of Direct Provision and what needs to be done in Budget 2021 to start the abolition process.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

 

44. SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep9: The Sustainable Development Goals

44. SJI Ten Minute Lessons Ep9: The Sustainable Development Goals

September 24, 2020

It's Global Goals Week, it's also the 5th anniversary of the Global Goals, or as they're also known, the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.  In this episode, we look at the Sustainable Development Goals, what they are, how they are measured and how Ireland is progressing towards them.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

 

43. SJI Seminars Ep11: Our pre-Budget 2021 Briefing Seminar

43. SJI Seminars Ep11: Our pre-Budget 2021 Briefing Seminar

September 22, 2020

The first budget of the Government of the 33rd Dáil is a mere 3 weeks away. Budget 2021 will be a litmus test of how serious Government is taking its commitment to the creation of a new social contract. It is also important because the Covid-19 pandemic gives this budget unique context.

The most important decisions will be around the fiscal stance: what approach will government take to the significant deficit that will characterise this budget. But all the many challenges that existed pre-Covid remain, and cannot be ignored.

Earlier this week, we launched our Budget Briefing, tackling several key issues and giving fully-costed Budgetary packages in more than a dozen policy areas, and additional costed tax proposals. 

Listen here to  our commentary on the key issues.

In other news, we are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 20 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2020. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/

 

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