Next week, Social Justice Ireland and Trócaire will co-host a hustings event ahead of the European Elections on May 24th.Director, Social Justice Ireland, sets out the five key policy asks in that joint policy platform.
One in five children in Ireland — some 230,000 of the country’s population — is living in a family with income below the poverty line, an issue that needs to be addressed by policy changes, according to an independent social justice think tank.
Social Justice Ireland yesterday suggested that the Government needs to increase taxes by €3bn to fund a fair and equal society. That would be a 6% increase on the €50.7bn collected last year, €13.1bn of which was paid as income tax.
It’s been a while since the Victorian historian, Thomas Carlyle, described economics as the dismal science, but, even so, the discipline and its practitioners’ predictions have more influence than they did in Carlyle’s time.
When the history of the Brexit debacle comes to be written, and depending on who writes it, the assertion by Britain’s then justice secretary, Michael Gove, in June 2016, that “people in this country have had enough of experts” may be recognised as a call to the basest instincts of an uncertain, unnerved electorate longing for a return to the imagined magnificence offered by the catchall deception called “sovereignty”.