Sean Healy

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Fr Seán Healy: “It is not enough for economic activity to be profitable, it is also essential that it promote the common good.” Photograph: Mark Maxwell

Commitment to the European social model “is essential if the wellbeing of this and future generations is to be secured,” Dr Seán Healy director of Soc(...)

Disposable income has fallen by almost €3,000 since the onset of the recession, while the levels of those at risk of poverty, in consistent poverty(...)

The threat of long-term unemployment and inactivity is exposing young people in Europe to poverty, material deprivation and the possibility of “wage scarring’’ throughout their lives.

A study by Social Justice Ireland says nearly a quarter of economically active young people in Europe are unemplo(...)

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, with TDs and Senators from all parties on the plinth at Leinster House after a breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Equality for women is associated with better health for everyone. Despite this, equal participation of women in decision-making forums remains abysmal(...)

Robert Watt (centre), secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure: “The social safety net has done its job,” he said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

When people look back at the fiscal consolidation carried out in recent years, they will say the Government “was very successful”, the secretary gener(...)

By any standards, including comparing ourselves to our major trading partners and competitors, these tax rates are high and kick in at low levels of income.

We are often told that Ireland is a “low-tax” country. Tax tables published with the main budget documents provide a revealing insight into the curren(...)

It’s been said many times but the simple truth about economic growth merits repeating: it cures all ills. A figure of 2 - 3 per cent growth, if it arr(...)

Finance Minister Michael Noonan speaking to the media at the Fine Gael party think-in during the week in Killenard, Co Laois.

It would be “prudent” to make the full austerity budget adjustments due in 2014 and 2015, tax consultancy group Deloitte has suggested. Publishing its(...)

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

Introducing its proposals for universal pension scheme the Social Justice Ireland group claimed that every person over the age of 65 could have a pens(...)

Fr Seán Healy during the press briefing on Social Justive Ireland  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A societal investment of €7 billion over three years would give a significant boost to jobs, growth and economic recovery, Social Justice Ireland has (...)

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