January 14, 2021
Social dialogue and social partnership, in various forms, are common across Europe’s most successful economies and can play an important role in creating a fair and sustainable economic recovery here in Ireland.
At a national level a new structure for Social Dialogue is required where issues may be discussed in a deliberative manner. Any proposal for Social Dialogue should involve Government, trade unions and employers, the community and voluntary sector, as well as farmers and environmental groups. Any structure for Social Dialogue that excludes any of these groups would be a recipe for ensuring that
most of Ireland’s resources would be captured by those participating in the discussion. Such an approach would simply lead to deepening divisions and growing inequality in Ireland.
In this episode, we look back to our Annual Social Policy Conference 2020 and hear from our panel on the need for a new Social Dialogue. Speakers include Danny McCoy of IBEC, Patricia King of ICTU, Damian McDonald of the IFA, Karen Ciesielski of the IEN and Seán Healy of Social Justice Ireland.
January 7, 2021
Covid-19 has highlighted things that are profoundly amiss with our Social Contract. Once the pandemic has been addressed successfully it is crucial that we face up to the radical reforms that are required if we are to deliver a new social contract based on the principles of justice and fairness, with sustainability at its core.
In this episode, we take a look back to our Annual Social Policy Conference 2020 where Colette Bennett of Social Justice Ireland proposes a series of policy recommendations to build such a new Social Contract.
December 17, 2020
There has been a recent political shift towards wellbeing, with talk of a Wellbeing Budget for 2021 and the publication of a discussion document on Wellbeing Indicators with that Budget. This is a good thing, but how those Wellbeing Indicators are developed, and who is consulted, will be key to their success.
In 2018, the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) embarked on a large consultative project to develop Visions for Community Wellbeing across all Local Authority areas. This process saw community groups come together to develop a vision for their community for this and future generations.
In this episode of Social Justice Matters, Colette Bennett speaks to Siobhán Cronogue of Longford PPN, Helen Howes of County Wicklow PPN and Dr. Harriet Emerson, independent consultant, about the process of developing these Visions; their policy impact, and the potential for this process to inform the national Wellbeing Indicators.
December 10, 2020
Dr Joe Larragy, author of Asymmetric Engagement: the Community and Voluntary Pillar in Irish Social Partnership, 2014, is Lecturer in Social Policy since 2001. He studied Economics and Sociology in TCD, and graduated with a BA (mod) there before gaining an MA in Social Theory from UCC. He previously was Social Policy Analyst at the National Economic and Social Council and prior to that Research Officer at the National Council on Ageing and Older People. While working at Maynooth, he was awarded a PhD in Social Policy from UCD. His research interests include Ageing, state-civil society relationships. He has worked with several organisations in the statutory and NGO sector. In 2012 was founding chair of Maynooth Green Campus, which engages in education and action to promote climate justice and sustainable practices. He is a member of the Pensions Policy Research Group, COST Action on Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSENet). He represents Maynooth University as a member of the NUI senate.
In this paper, presented at the Social Justice Ireland Annual Social Policy Conference, Joe considers the role for a New Social Contract in today's society.
December 3, 2020
Philippe Pochet is General Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and associated researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT, Montreal). Prior to becoming Director of the ETUI in 2008, he was Director of the Observatoire social européen (OSE) for 16 years.
He is interested at and has published extensively books and articles on European social and economic policies, European social dialogue and new forms of governance.
He is now working on the issues of impact of climate change and digitalisation on jobs and seeking how to combine the analysis of the big trends. Previously he had other temporary positions, such as invited Professor at the College of Bruges and invited scholar at the Faculté Universitaire Saint-Louis (FUSL), adjunct professor and visiting scholar at Griffith University (Brisbane). He was also visiting scholar at Berkeley University, at Montréal University, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (Cologne), and at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA). In 2005, he was awarded an EU Fulbright-in-Residence grant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).
In his paper, presented at the Social Justice Ireland Annual Policy Conference on the 18th November 2020, Philippe discussed the fact that, at the European level, what the pandemic has cast doubt on is the very fundamentals of European integration. The main features of the European Union, what could be described as its “pillars”, are these: the single market and freedom of movement, the euro and the Stability and Growth Pact, and competition and state-aid law. We can already look ahead and see that the post-crisis EU could be standing on very different foundations if the questioning of the three basic pillars continues over time or, conversely, it could just as easily go back to its old ways. What will the world environment in which this happens be, though? Here, Philippe provides four possible scenarios emerging.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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/