John-Mark McCafferty

Head of Social Justice and Policy

John-Mark McCafferty is Head of Social Justice and Policy with the National Office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP).

John-Mark leads and co-ordinates the policy and advocacy work of SVP and inform and shapes national debate on issues such as Incomes, energy and water policy, financial inclusion, housing and homelessness and international issues.

John-Mark also represented SVP during the Social Partnership programmes and was a National Economic and Social Council (NESC) member from 2003 to 2007. He studied a Masters in Development Studies in UCD, and has worked for Government agencies such as the Combat Poverty Agency and Scottish Homes, the national housing agency.

Blog Posts

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 01 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP Asks European Election Candidates to Make a ‘Stand for Justice’ at Dublin Hustings on May 1st

    It doesn’t feel like the first of May out there, but today – or more specifically, tonight - is when we in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul come together with our colleagues in Trocaire and Social Justice Ireland to ask European election candidates in the Dublin constituency to make a pledge. 

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 22 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Budget 2014 attacks young people

    For most people in receipt of social welfare, Government kept its promise of not cutting weekly social welfare payments. That’s a welcome result of our campaign for fairness in Budget 2014. But that promise doesn’t cover everyone. Young people are being penalised by the social welfare system at a time when there simply are not enough jobs for the multitude of people applying for each vacancy; and at a time when almost 30% of young people are unable to find work.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 10 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    A Cause for Celebration?

    I’m 40 today – or at least on the day this blog went live. Colleagues marked it with cake, coffee and kind words, which were greatly appreciated. The occasion punctuated an otherwise routine office day – if such a thing exists in SVP. 

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 17 January 2014 | 0 comments.
    Working on a Domestic Matter for 170 Years

    The representatives listened, but concluded at each meeting that they were interested primarily in deficit reduction and structural reform. Budget measures pursued by the Irish Government, which may cause hardship to people we assist, were exactly that –a domestic matter and not something that the Troika had strong opinions on nor intervened in.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 13 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    How is income shared in Ireland?

    In Ireland, half of all households have a disposable income of less than €35,000 annually, with one third having a disposable income of less than €26,000, or €500 per week.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 28 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    You Might Not Like What Pope Francis is Saying

    He’s by no means the only Bishop of Rome to talk about social teaching, but perhaps the most effective since Paul VI to resonate with audiences about social justice.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 26 July 2013 | 0 comments.
    A Fate Worse than Debt?

    "At a time of real financial pressure, An Post's unsavoury arrangement with a money lender is unacceptable" says John-Mark McCafferty

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 01 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Dear Ibec: We’re not going back to Business As Usual

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Barnardos have had enough. We’ve had enough of the billboards and messaging from Ibec heralding a return to business as usual. We’re tired of hearing that economy comes first and society comes second, if at all.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 01 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Tánaiste - It’s the Hardest Job in the World

    It’s the Hardest Job in the World. That’s the title of our research into the lives, struggles and resilience of one parent families being assisted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 23 September 2014 | 0 comments.
    A reflection on the SVP Ethics Event

    The next 18 months are an unprecedented time of risk and opportunity for our country, given the potential of the recovery – both positive and negative. So the conversation we have in our homes, communities and organisations need to ensure that people who are marginalised are heard

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 05 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Tackling Homelessness: For Life, Not Just Christmas

    We shouldn’t return to bedsits, or other measures which compromise the physical quality of private rented housing. This will not solve homelessness and only serves private interests at the expense of vulnerable families and individuals. The current crisis requires a cool, strategic approach and needs to avoid knee-jerk reactions such as the recent call for the re-instatement of bedsits.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 02 March 2015 | 1 comments.
    An Inconvenient Truth

    Tax avoided means the denial of a child or family from the services they vitally need. While some tax avoidance may not be a crime, it is certainly not without its victims.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 16 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    We shouldn't be looking in our pockets for the signs of recovery

    The first day of the National Economic Dialogue started with the Taoiseach saying that while the economy had improved, people still didn't feel the benefits of the recovery in their pockets. And that's the problem

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 17 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    Spending isn't a dirty word....

    I get the impression at the National Economic Dialogue that certain politicians and officials think that organisations like SVP aren't living in the real world, and don't appreciate the importance of work in the economy and peoples' lives. We do

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 17 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    Hard choices - harder for some than others...

    Yesterday afternoon at the National Economic Dialogue we were being asked what choices we would make if we were in the Cabinet

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 14 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    Families Still Priced Out of the Rental Market after Budget 2016

    While Budget 2016 appeared to...

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 12 November 2015 | 0 comments.
    Vision for a Future Ireland

    ‘The vision of SVP is about greater empowerment of people through their enhanced access to public services – in particular

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 19 January 2016 | 0 comments.
    Standing for Social Justice in next Dail

    The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), Trócaire and Social Justice Ireland have come together to host an election ‘hustings’ in the Oak Room of the Dublin’s Mansion House on Tuesday the 19th of January 2016

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 25 January 2016 | 2 comments.
    General Election 2016: Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Priorities for a Fairer Ireland

    This year’s General Election, 100 years since the Rising, is a decisive opportunity to realise a fair, inclusive and sustained recovery.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 14 April 2016 | 1 comments.
    A stable Government, delivering Fairness, needs to be established soon

    All those elected to the 32nd Dáil need to ensure as quickly as possible that a stable government is formed - or go back to the people.

  • Posted by JohnMark   on 12 July 2016 | 0 comments.
    It’s not just about money or feeling a bit cold

    It’s living in a cold home, and the financial and health impacts of doing so. It’s not having the income to pay all the bills.

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