The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

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Fr Sean Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland. He said a universal pension would be a simpler, fairer and more just system. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

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