Do we want a fairer [Christian] society?


For many years Social Justice Ireland has been a consistent voice for a more just society in Ireland. Its evaluation of the annual Budget is eagerly awaited on the day after the Budget and is quoted by many of the social partners to argue for a fairer share of the country’s wealth. However, more often that not, government ministers [present and past] fail to take account of the many reports and papers prepared by one of the few truly independent voices in Ireland.

Fr Seán Healy SMA and Sr Brigid Reynolds SM

Each year, the SJI Social Policy Conference attracts a large attendance of speakers and participants from all across Ireland and beyond.

Planning and Delivering a Fairer Future – Values, Democracy and Service Provision

9.15am – 5pm, Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

Croke Park Conference Centre

Where should Ireland seek to be in 10 years time? What level of infrastructure and social services should it have? How can these be delivered and paid for? How should answers to these questions be decided? These will be the issues addressed in Social Justice Ireland‘s annual Social Policy Conference.

A wide range of speakers from Ireland and abroad drawn from a range of different sectors will address these questions regarding planning for and delivering a fairer future.

Participants from business, trade unions and a range of other backgrounds will each present a Five Point Plan that Government should follow in the coming decade.

Advance booking is essential.


Seán O’RiainProfessor of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth and is also with the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Author of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger: Liberalism, Boom and Bust’ (2014).
Topic: Ireland’s Boom and Bust – lessons for the years ahead

Thomas Faziwriter, activist and award-winning filmmaker. Author of ‘The Battle for Europe: How an Elite Hijacked a Continent – and How We Can Take It Back’ (2014)
Topic: Reconnecting democracy and economics to build a fairer future

Eoin ReevesSenior Lecturer, Director of Privatisation & Public Private Partnerships Research Group, University of Limerick. Author of ‘The Not So Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Over 12 Years of PPPs in Ireland‘ (2013)
Topic:  Providing Public Services and Infrastructure – PPPs and other options

Colin Scott – Principal, College of Human Sciences and Professor of EU Regulation & Governance at UCD.
Topic: Regulation, Accountability and Democracy – to look at the whole area of providers / funders, public / private and the role of regulation in these contexts

Seán Healy, Brigid Reynolds and Michelle Murphy Social Justice Ireland. Co-authors of ‘Steps Towards a Fairer Future’
Topic: A Question of Values: Responsibility for Providing Public Services and Infrastructure?

Conor Killeen, CEO, Key Capital

David Begg, General Secretary, ICTU

Patricia O’Hara, Chairperson of the National Statistics Board.

Fred Powell, Professor of Social Policy, UCC

Topic: My Five-Point Plan for Ireland’s Development

For further information: [email protected]

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