Linda O'Connell

Editor of the SVP Bulletin

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  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 14 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    More than three quarters of a million people in Ireland now living in poverty & disposable incomes are falling every year.

    The latest SILC figures on poverty and deprivation, published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office, are not surprising.  They point to the increasing hardship which SVP sees every day.  More than 1 in 4 people in Ireland are now going without basics like adequate heating..

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    More than three quarters of a million people in Ireland now living in poverty & disposable incomes are falling every year.

    The latest SILC figures on poverty and deprivation, published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office, are not surprising.  They point to the increasing hardship which SVP sees every day.  More than 1 in 4 people in Ireland are now going without basics like adequate heating..

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    More than three quarters of a million people in Ireland now living in poverty & disposable incomes are falling every year.

    The latest SILC figures on poverty and deprivation, published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office, are not surprising.  They point to the increasing hardship which SVP sees every day.  More than 1 in 4 people in Ireland are now going without basics like adequate heating..

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    More than three quarters of a million people in Ireland now living in poverty & disposable incomes are falling every year.

    The latest SILC figures on poverty and deprivation, published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office, are not surprising.  They point to the increasing hardship which SVP sees every day.  More than 1 in 4 people in Ireland are now going without basics like adequate heating..

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP is stepping up to the plate

    Despite the apparent good news this week about the drop in numbers of people on the Live Register, SVP has yet to see any positive results from the much lauded fact that Ireland is now in Post Troika mode. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP is stepping up to the plate

    Despite the apparent good news this week about the drop in numbers of people on the Live Register, SVP has yet to see any positive results from the much lauded fact that Ireland is now in Post Troika mode. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP is stepping up to the plate

    Despite the apparent good news this week about the drop in numbers of people on the Live Register, SVP has yet to see any positive results from the much lauded fact that Ireland is now in Post Troika mode. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP is stepping up to the plate

    Despite the apparent good news this week about the drop in numbers of people on the Live Register, SVP has yet to see any positive results from the much lauded fact that Ireland is now in Post Troika mode. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP is stepping up to the plate

    Despite the apparent good news this week about the drop in numbers of people on the Live Register, SVP has yet to see any positive results from the much lauded fact that Ireland is now in Post Troika mode. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 24 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Getting through Winter

    The problem with my office is that when it’s cold and wet , there’s a draught through my window. My thoughts drift between writing about the budget and buying a Lemsip to preventing a cold. Of-course I can always turn on the heating too. Let’s turn to the budget instead.

  • Posted by Linda   on 24 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Getting through Winter

    The problem with my office is that when it’s cold and wet , there’s a draught through my window. My thoughts drift between writing about the budget and buying a Lemsip to preventing a cold. Of-course I can always turn on the heating too. Let’s turn to the budget instead.

  • Posted by Linda   on 24 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Getting through Winter

    The problem with my office is that when it’s cold and wet , there’s a draught through my window. My thoughts drift between writing about the budget and buying a Lemsip to preventing a cold. Of-course I can always turn on the heating too. Let’s turn to the budget instead.

  • Posted by Linda   on 24 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Getting through Winter

    The problem with my office is that when it’s cold and wet , there’s a draught through my window. My thoughts drift between writing about the budget and buying a Lemsip to preventing a cold. Of-course I can always turn on the heating too. Let’s turn to the budget instead.

  • Posted by Linda   on 24 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Getting through Winter

    The problem with my office is that when it’s cold and wet , there’s a draught through my window. My thoughts drift between writing about the budget and buying a Lemsip to preventing a cold. Of-course I can always turn on the heating too. Let’s turn to the budget instead.

  • Posted by Linda   on 24 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Getting through Winter

    The problem with my office is that when it’s cold and wet , there’s a draught through my window. My thoughts drift between writing about the budget and buying a Lemsip to preventing a cold. Of-course I can always turn on the heating too. Let’s turn to the budget instead.

  • Posted by Linda   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.

    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to pay for...

  • Posted by Linda   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.

    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to pay for...

  • Posted by Linda   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.

    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to pay for...

  • Posted by Linda   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.

    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to pay for...

  • Posted by Linda   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.

    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to pay for...

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 21 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Budget 2014 – the SVP analysis

    Although some individuals and families were protected from the worst of the cuts in Budget 2014, it is clear that the struggles for thousands of others will be worsened from January 2014. While a number of the SVP’s key demands were met (protection of most social welfare payments, family income supplement, child benefit, fuel allowance and educational supports)

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Budget 2014 – the SVP analysis

    Although some individuals and families were protected from the worst of the cuts in Budget 2014, it is clear that the struggles for thousands of others will be worsened from January 2014. While a number of the SVP’s key demands were met (protection of most social welfare payments, family income supplement, child benefit, fuel allowance and educational supports)

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Budget 2014 – the SVP analysis

    Although some individuals and families were protected from the worst of the cuts in Budget 2014, it is clear that the struggles for thousands of others will be worsened from January 2014. While a number of the SVP’s key demands were met (protection of most social welfare payments, family income supplement, child benefit, fuel allowance and educational supports)

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Budget 2014 – the SVP analysis

    Although some individuals and families were protected from the worst of the cuts in Budget 2014, it is clear that the struggles for thousands of others will be worsened from January 2014. While a number of the SVP’s key demands were met (protection of most social welfare payments, family income supplement, child benefit, fuel allowance and educational supports)

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 04 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    Does social welfare discourage people from taking up employment?

    Research has shown that unemployment traps are not a significant issue for the vast majority of people on the Live Register, with 94% of people in Ireland better off in employment than out of work, even when childcare and travel costs are taken into account.

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    Does social welfare discourage people from taking up employment?

    Research has shown that unemployment traps are not a significant issue for the vast majority of people on the Live Register, with 94% of people in Ireland better off in employment than out of work, even when childcare and travel costs are taken into account.

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    Does social welfare discourage people from taking up employment?

    Research has shown that unemployment traps are not a significant issue for the vast majority of people on the Live Register, with 94% of people in Ireland better off in employment than out of work, even when childcare and travel costs are taken into account.

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    Does social welfare discourage people from taking up employment?

    Research has shown that unemployment traps are not a significant issue for the vast majority of people on the Live Register, with 94% of people in Ireland better off in employment than out of work, even when childcare and travel costs are taken into account.

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 February 2014 | 0 comments.
    Does social welfare discourage people from taking up employment?

    Research has shown that unemployment traps are not a significant issue for the vast majority of people on the Live Register, with 94% of people in Ireland better off in employment than out of work, even when childcare and travel costs are taken into account.

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 04 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Poverty Bites

    The recession is not just hitting people in their pockets, it is hitting them in their stomachs. In 2010 one in ten people in Ireland couldn’t access or afford a healthy diet

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Poverty Bites

    The recession is not just hitting people in their pockets, it is hitting them in their stomachs. In 2010 one in ten people in Ireland couldn’t access or afford a healthy diet

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Poverty Bites

    The recession is not just hitting people in their pockets, it is hitting them in their stomachs. In 2010 one in ten people in Ireland couldn’t access or afford a healthy diet

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Poverty Bites

    The recession is not just hitting people in their pockets, it is hitting them in their stomachs. In 2010 one in ten people in Ireland couldn’t access or afford a healthy diet

  • Posted by Linda   on 04 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Poverty Bites

    The recession is not just hitting people in their pockets, it is hitting them in their stomachs. In 2010 one in ten people in Ireland couldn’t access or afford a healthy diet

  • Posted by Linda   on 25 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Your voice heard

    Your voices, your messages and the stories about your lives are so powerful that they had to be shared

  • Posted by Linda   on 25 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Your voice heard

    Your voices, your messages and the stories about your lives are so powerful that they had to be shared

  • Posted by Linda   on 25 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Your voice heard

    Your voices, your messages and the stories about your lives are so powerful that they had to be shared

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Fuel Allowances gobbled up by energy hikes

    With energy bills €500 a year more than in 2010, Brendan Hennessy asks what is being done to combat the scourge of fuel poverty

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Fuel Allowances gobbled up by energy hikes

    With energy bills €500 a year more than in 2010, Brendan Hennessy asks what is being done to combat the scourge of fuel poverty

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Fuel Allowances gobbled up by energy hikes

    With energy bills €500 a year more than in 2010, Brendan Hennessy asks what is being done to combat the scourge of fuel poverty

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Fuel Allowances gobbled up by energy hikes

    With energy bills €500 a year more than in 2010, Brendan Hennessy asks what is being done to combat the scourge of fuel poverty

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Lockout Conditions 1913 - 100 years on how much has changed?

    What has changed since the Lockout in 1913? Brendan Hennessy explores the current housing crisis which is being worsened by the cuts and austerity that have been implemented over the past number of years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Lockout Conditions 1913 - 100 years on how much has changed?

    What has changed since the Lockout in 1913? Brendan Hennessy explores the current housing crisis which is being worsened by the cuts and austerity that have been implemented over the past number of years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Lockout Conditions 1913 - 100 years on how much has changed?

    What has changed since the Lockout in 1913? Brendan Hennessy explores the current housing crisis which is being worsened by the cuts and austerity that have been implemented over the past number of years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Lockout Conditions 1913 - 100 years on how much has changed?

    What has changed since the Lockout in 1913? Brendan Hennessy explores the current housing crisis which is being worsened by the cuts and austerity that have been implemented over the past number of years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    Lockout Conditions 1913 - 100 years on how much has changed?

    What has changed since the Lockout in 1913? Brendan Hennessy explores the current housing crisis which is being worsened by the cuts and austerity that have been implemented over the past number of years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    SVP welcomes proposal to link school uniform costs with levels of funding for schools

    Today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a proposal which may result in funds being cut to schools who do not allow parents to opt for cheaper uniforms instead of expensive crested jumpers and blazers

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    SVP welcomes proposal to link school uniform costs with levels of funding for schools

    Today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a proposal which may result in funds being cut to schools who do not allow parents to opt for cheaper uniforms instead of expensive crested jumpers and blazers

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    SVP welcomes proposal to link school uniform costs with levels of funding for schools

    Today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a proposal which may result in funds being cut to schools who do not allow parents to opt for cheaper uniforms instead of expensive crested jumpers and blazers

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    SVP welcomes proposal to link school uniform costs with levels of funding for schools

    Today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a proposal which may result in funds being cut to schools who do not allow parents to opt for cheaper uniforms instead of expensive crested jumpers and blazers

  • Posted by Linda   on 03 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    The stark truth about health inequality

    Access to equal care for equal health needs is not a reality in this country. We call for  action to close the health inequality gap in Ireland

  • Posted by Linda   on 03 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    The stark truth about health inequality

    Access to equal care for equal health needs is not a reality in this country. We call for  action to close the health inequality gap in Ireland

  • Posted by Linda   on 03 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    The stark truth about health inequality

    Access to equal care for equal health needs is not a reality in this country. We call for  action to close the health inequality gap in Ireland

  • Posted by Linda   on 27 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    The reality of parenting alone on a low income – we want to hear your experience

    In 2011 more than half of all one parent families in Ireland had to go without essentials such as because they were unable to afford them.

  • Posted by Linda   on 27 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    The reality of parenting alone on a low income – we want to hear your experience

    In 2011 more than half of all one parent families in Ireland had to go without essentials such as because they were unable to afford them.

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Prioritise, protect and invest

    Following recent criticisms about the quality of some early years services,  Audry Deane explains the importance of early years education and why the Government must prioritise, protect and invest in our early years infrastructure.

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Prioritise, protect and invest

    Following recent criticisms about the quality of some early years services,  Audry Deane explains the importance of early years education and why the Government must prioritise, protect and invest in our early years infrastructure.

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Prioritise, protect and invest

    Following recent criticisms about the quality of some early years services,  Audry Deane explains the importance of early years education and why the Government must prioritise, protect and invest in our early years infrastructure.

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Prioritise, protect and invest

    Following recent criticisms about the quality of some early years services,  Audry Deane explains the importance of early years education and why the Government must prioritise, protect and invest in our early years infrastructure.

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    It's time to even out the playing field

    Our volunteers witness the anxiety and strain put on parents trying to juggle their low incomes to meet the multiple demands during the school year

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    It's time to even out the playing field

    Our volunteers witness the anxiety and strain put on parents trying to juggle their low incomes to meet the multiple demands during the school year

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Education is the best route out of poverty

    Audry Deane discusses the importance of education and the effects of cuts to education supports.

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Education is the best route out of poverty

    Audry Deane discusses the importance of education and the effects of cuts to education supports.

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Education is the best route out of poverty

    Audry Deane discusses the importance of education and the effects of cuts to education supports.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unemployed and unsupported?

    Deep cuts to education grants risk creating a future of long-term unemployment and poverty.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unemployed and unsupported?

    Deep cuts to education grants risk creating a future of long-term unemployment and poverty.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unemployed and unsupported?

    Deep cuts to education grants risk creating a future of long-term unemployment and poverty.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unemployed and unsupported?

    Deep cuts to education grants risk creating a future of long-term unemployment and poverty.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unemployed and unsupported?

    Deep cuts to education grants risk creating a future of long-term unemployment and poverty.

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did it take so long?

    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did it take so long?

    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did it take so long?

    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did it take so long?

    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did it take so long?

    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 September 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP finds out more about the experiences of one parent families who are struggling

    In recently published research, SVP gets an insight into the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Ireland at a time when the income supports and services on which they rely have been severely reduced

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 September 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP finds out more about the experiences of one parent families who are struggling

    In recently published research, SVP gets an insight into the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Ireland at a time when the income supports and services on which they rely have been severely reduced

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 September 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP finds out more about the experiences of one parent families who are struggling

    In recently published research, SVP gets an insight into the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Ireland at a time when the income supports and services on which they rely have been severely reduced

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 September 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP finds out more about the experiences of one parent families who are struggling

    In recently published research, SVP gets an insight into the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Ireland at a time when the income supports and services on which they rely have been severely reduced

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 02 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did the Government make it harder for lone parents to work?

    Child and family poverty is unacceptable.  So it seems that the left hand of budgetary policy does not know what the right hand of reform for lone parents is doing.  Improving the life chances of lone parents and their children should be the focus of any reform.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did the Government make it harder for lone parents to work?

    Child and family poverty is unacceptable.  So it seems that the left hand of budgetary policy does not know what the right hand of reform for lone parents is doing.  Improving the life chances of lone parents and their children should be the focus of any reform.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did the Government make it harder for lone parents to work?

    Child and family poverty is unacceptable.  So it seems that the left hand of budgetary policy does not know what the right hand of reform for lone parents is doing.  Improving the life chances of lone parents and their children should be the focus of any reform.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did the Government make it harder for lone parents to work?

    Child and family poverty is unacceptable.  So it seems that the left hand of budgetary policy does not know what the right hand of reform for lone parents is doing.  Improving the life chances of lone parents and their children should be the focus of any reform.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did the Government make it harder for lone parents to work?

    Child and family poverty is unacceptable.  So it seems that the left hand of budgetary policy does not know what the right hand of reform for lone parents is doing.  Improving the life chances of lone parents and their children should be the focus of any reform.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did the Government make it harder for lone parents to work?

    Child and family poverty is unacceptable.  So it seems that the left hand of budgetary policy does not know what the right hand of reform for lone parents is doing.  Improving the life chances of lone parents and their children should be the focus of any reform.

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 03 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Neither Feasible or Desirable

    SVP notes the announcement that the medical expert panel set up to examine what conditions should be used to decide eligibility for a medical card has said that it neither 'feasible or desirable to list medical conditions' in this context.

  • Posted by Linda   on 03 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Neither Feasible or Desirable

    SVP notes the announcement that the medical expert panel set up to examine what conditions should be used to decide eligibility for a medical card has said that it neither 'feasible or desirable to list medical conditions' in this context.

  • Posted by Linda   on 03 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Neither Feasible or Desirable

    SVP notes the announcement that the medical expert panel set up to examine what conditions should be used to decide eligibility for a medical card has said that it neither 'feasible or desirable to list medical conditions' in this context.

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    When is a tax not a tax? When it’s social insurance

    The newspapers are full of articles about the 52% tax rate, but where has this magical number come from? Liz Kerrins argues that numbers aren't always as they seem.

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    When is a tax not a tax? When it’s social insurance

    The newspapers are full of articles about the 52% tax rate, but where has this magical number come from? Liz Kerrins argues that numbers aren't always as they seem.

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    When is a tax not a tax? When it’s social insurance

    The newspapers are full of articles about the 52% tax rate, but where has this magical number come from? Liz Kerrins argues that numbers aren't always as they seem.

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    When is a tax not a tax? When it’s social insurance

    The newspapers are full of articles about the 52% tax rate, but where has this magical number come from? Liz Kerrins argues that numbers aren't always as they seem.

  • Posted by Linda   on 15 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Post-Budget Hangover? Not everyone was invited to the party

    Today’s media are full of post-Budget analysis.  The Irish Government is hailing the end of austerity Budgets, stressing the fairness inherent in Budget 2015, and the Budget’s role in encouraging sustainable recovery.  Is austerity over for people living on low-incomes?  Is it party-time?

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Where is the fairness for families struggling to access education?

    So… the dust has settled, the initial relief at the lack of obvious nasties has evaporated, and we are left asking ourselves what’s so fair about this budget for those families who are struggling to access that most critical and precious of resources; namely education

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Where is the fairness for families struggling to access education?

    So… the dust has settled, the initial relief at the lack of obvious nasties has evaporated, and we are left asking ourselves what’s so fair about this budget for those families who are struggling to access that most critical and precious of resources; namely education

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Where is the fairness for families struggling to access education?

    So… the dust has settled, the initial relief at the lack of obvious nasties has evaporated, and we are left asking ourselves what’s so fair about this budget for those families who are struggling to access that most critical and precious of resources; namely education

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Where is the fairness for families struggling to access education?

    So… the dust has settled, the initial relief at the lack of obvious nasties has evaporated, and we are left asking ourselves what’s so fair about this budget for those families who are struggling to access that most critical and precious of resources; namely education

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    President Higgins Was Right To Criticise Greed

    When President Higgins addressed our conference in Dublin in mid-September he laid emphasis on the manner in which ‘greed’ had affected Irish life.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    President Higgins Was Right To Criticise Greed

    When President Higgins addressed our conference in Dublin in mid-September he laid emphasis on the manner in which ‘greed’ had affected Irish life.

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 November 2014 | 0 comments.
    The Department of Social Protection made the right policy reversal today

    The Government is, quite rightly, getting a lot of flak for how it is handling the issue of charging for domestic water: too little consultation and listening, and way too much indecision and policy reversal.  However, today the Minister for Social Protection made a positive policy reversal that has not received a huge amount of public attention – that of retaining the current €90 per week earnings disregard for parents receiving One Parent Family Payment (OPFP), 

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 November 2014 | 0 comments.
    The Department of Social Protection made the right policy reversal today

    The Government is, quite rightly, getting a lot of flak for how it is handling the issue of charging for domestic water: too little consultation and listening, and way too much indecision and policy reversal.  However, today the Minister for Social Protection made a positive policy reversal that has not received a huge amount of public attention – that of retaining the current €90 per week earnings disregard for parents receiving One Parent Family Payment (OPFP), 

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 November 2014 | 0 comments.
    The Department of Social Protection made the right policy reversal today

    The Government is, quite rightly, getting a lot of flak for how it is handling the issue of charging for domestic water: too little consultation and listening, and way too much indecision and policy reversal.  However, today the Minister for Social Protection made a positive policy reversal that has not received a huge amount of public attention – that of retaining the current €90 per week earnings disregard for parents receiving One Parent Family Payment (OPFP), 

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Housing Innovation - The Incredible Shipping Container Transformation

    This weekend a former shipping container was meticulously converted into a fully-compliant, liveable space by a team dedicated volunteers from over 60 different suppliers, who worked tirelessly over one weekend to complete the transformation.  And it is stunning.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Housing Innovation - The Incredible Shipping Container Transformation

    This weekend a former shipping container was meticulously converted into a fully-compliant, liveable space by a team dedicated volunteers from over 60 different suppliers, who worked tirelessly over one weekend to complete the transformation.  And it is stunning.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Housing Innovation - The Incredible Shipping Container Transformation

    This weekend a former shipping container was meticulously converted into a fully-compliant, liveable space by a team dedicated volunteers from over 60 different suppliers, who worked tirelessly over one weekend to complete the transformation.  And it is stunning.

  • Posted by Linda   on 01 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Housing Innovation - The Incredible Shipping Container Transformation

    This weekend a former shipping container was meticulously converted into a fully-compliant, liveable space by a team dedicated volunteers from over 60 different suppliers, who worked tirelessly over one weekend to complete the transformation.  And it is stunning.

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 09 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Could your house be costing you a fortune?

    Could your house be costing you a fortune?  New research on household energy costs conducted by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) for the SVP is applicable to many households in the State.  The report Minimum Household Energy Need concludes that improving the energy efficiency of homes could halve the energy costs of your home.  That’s the theory, but what are the numbers

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Could your house be costing you a fortune?

    Could your house be costing you a fortune?  New research on household energy costs conducted by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) for the SVP is applicable to many households in the State.  The report Minimum Household Energy Need concludes that improving the energy efficiency of homes could halve the energy costs of your home.  That’s the theory, but what are the numbers

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    Could your house be costing you a fortune?

    Could your house be costing you a fortune?  New research on household energy costs conducted by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) for the SVP is applicable to many households in the State.  The report Minimum Household Energy Need concludes that improving the energy efficiency of homes could halve the energy costs of your home.  That’s the theory, but what are the numbers

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    The word is out: Budget 2015 will increase poverty and income inequality

    It seems that the only people being squeezed by Government policy right now are those with little or nothing to give.

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    The word is out: Budget 2015 will increase poverty and income inequality

    It seems that the only people being squeezed by Government policy right now are those with little or nothing to give.

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    The word is out: Budget 2015 will increase poverty and income inequality

    It seems that the only people being squeezed by Government policy right now are those with little or nothing to give.

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 December 2014 | 0 comments.
    The word is out: Budget 2015 will increase poverty and income inequality

    It seems that the only people being squeezed by Government policy right now are those with little or nothing to give.

  • Posted by Linda   on 15 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    Saying ‘yes’ to ending direct provision

    After attending a SOLAS conference Brendan Hennessy discusses why we have to find the building blocks that create a proper asylum process, both legal and social and why we have to to say 'yes' to ending direct provision

  • Posted by Linda   on 15 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    Saying ‘yes’ to ending direct provision

    After attending a SOLAS conference Brendan Hennessy discusses why we have to find the building blocks that create a proper asylum process, both legal and social and why we have to to say 'yes' to ending direct provision

  • Posted by Linda   on 15 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    Saying ‘yes’ to ending direct provision

    After attending a SOLAS conference Brendan Hennessy discusses why we have to find the building blocks that create a proper asylum process, both legal and social and why we have to to say 'yes' to ending direct provision

  • Posted by Linda   on 15 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    Saying ‘yes’ to ending direct provision

    After attending a SOLAS conference Brendan Hennessy discusses why we have to find the building blocks that create a proper asylum process, both legal and social and why we have to to say 'yes' to ending direct provision

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    We need a new definition of what success looks like

    After a recent conference about 'lessons learned' from the Troika bailout, Liz Kerrins explains why we need to consider the economic and social impact of policy on people.  A lesson we ignore at our peril.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    We need a new definition of what success looks like

    After a recent conference about 'lessons learned' from the Troika bailout, Liz Kerrins explains why we need to consider the economic and social impact of policy on people.  A lesson we ignore at our peril.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    We need a new definition of what success looks like

    After a recent conference about 'lessons learned' from the Troika bailout, Liz Kerrins explains why we need to consider the economic and social impact of policy on people.  A lesson we ignore at our peril.

  • Posted by Linda   on 29 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    'Locked Out' of education

    SVP has been working with people struggling to afford the cost of education in Ireland for many decades. In her latest blog Audry Deane discusses the real threat of low income families being ‘locked out’ of third level education.

  • Posted by Linda   on 29 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    'Locked Out' of education

    SVP has been working with people struggling to afford the cost of education in Ireland for many decades. In her latest blog Audry Deane discusses the real threat of low income families being ‘locked out’ of third level education.

  • Posted by Linda   on 29 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    'Locked Out' of education

    SVP has been working with people struggling to afford the cost of education in Ireland for many decades. In her latest blog Audry Deane discusses the real threat of low income families being ‘locked out’ of third level education.

  • Posted by Linda   on 29 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    'Locked Out' of education

    SVP has been working with people struggling to afford the cost of education in Ireland for many decades. In her latest blog Audry Deane discusses the real threat of low income families being ‘locked out’ of third level education.

  • Posted by Linda   on 29 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    'Locked Out' of education

    SVP has been working with people struggling to afford the cost of education in Ireland for many decades. In her latest blog Audry Deane discusses the real threat of low income families being ‘locked out’ of third level education.

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 February 2015 | 0 comments.
    Area Presidents tireless dedication

    Celine Martin is the new National Member Support Manager for SVP. In this blog she talks about the amazing role of our Area President volunteers.

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 February 2015 | 0 comments.
    Area Presidents tireless dedication

    Celine Martin is the new National Member Support Manager for SVP. In this blog she talks about the amazing role of our Area President volunteers.

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 February 2015 | 0 comments.
    Area Presidents tireless dedication

    Celine Martin is the new National Member Support Manager for SVP. In this blog she talks about the amazing role of our Area President volunteers.

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 February 2015 | 0 comments.
    Area Presidents tireless dedication

    Celine Martin is the new National Member Support Manager for SVP. In this blog she talks about the amazing role of our Area President volunteers.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 March 2015 | 0 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 Linda   on 02 March 2015 | 0 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 Linda   on 05 March 2015 | 0 comments.
    Real & honest engagement the only way to go

    Despite the strong message in much of mainstream media in Ireland that recovery is taking hold, SVP has yet to see any positive changes, such as a drop in calls for help to our offices around the country.

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 March 2015 | 0 comments.
    Real & honest engagement the only way to go

    Despite the strong message in much of mainstream media in Ireland that recovery is taking hold, SVP has yet to see any positive changes, such as a drop in calls for help to our offices around the country.

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 March 2015 | 0 comments.
    Real & honest engagement the only way to go

    Despite the strong message in much of mainstream media in Ireland that recovery is taking hold, SVP has yet to see any positive changes, such as a drop in calls for help to our offices around the country.

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 March 2015 | 0 comments.
    Real & honest engagement the only way to go

    Despite the strong message in much of mainstream media in Ireland that recovery is taking hold, SVP has yet to see any positive changes, such as a drop in calls for help to our offices around the country.

  • Posted by Linda   on 09 June 2015 | 0 comments.
    Without Social Investment Ireland cannot meet its Europe 2020 Targets

    It would have taken a very keen Europhile to have spotted the European Commission’s annual policy recommendations for Ireland, issued on 19th May, which slipped into the public domain with little or no take up or interest by the media. These proposals are part of the annual process of review, correction and monitoring of Member States’ economic and social progress.

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 June 2015 | 0 comments.
    SVP ask Government to Invest in Public Services in Budget 2016

    Last week, to a full room, SVP launched its Pre-Budget Submission calling on Government to think radically and put forward proposals in Budget 2016 that will create real change in Ireland and a more equal and just society.

  • Posted by Linda   on 10 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    With 'friends' like these....

    It’s not always easy to make a complaint against a service provider, especially when you owe them money, and more difficult again if the service is provided by someone who may feel like ‘a friend’. 

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 27 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    Will Government commit to funding this critical package of childcare reforms ?

    I had a strong sense of déjà vu attending the briefing session for the Report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group: Future Investment in Childcare and School Age Care.  SVP has been here before….. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 31 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    Ireland is determined to repeat the housing mistakes of yesterday

    You know the saying: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ... Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them”.

  • Posted by Linda   on 02 September 2015 | 0 comments.
    The key to finding our way

    Dunia Hutchinson, SVP's National Manager of Homeless Services, talks about the unprecidented scale of need our Homeless Services are facing and what we are doing to help create change for the most vulnerable...

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    Can we be the first generation to end poverty?

    Despite widely shared cynicism regarding the bureaucracy and inefficiencies of the UN, it was apparent that even hardened hacks fell under the spell of the truly momentous moment when the 17 Global Goals were ratified.  Leaders from all over the word came together to sign a new global agreement to end poverty, fight inequality and to tackle climate change

  • Posted by Linda   on 07 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    Can we be the first generation to end poverty?

    Despite widely shared cynicism regarding the bureaucracy and inefficiencies of the UN, it was apparent that even hardened hacks fell under the spell of the truly momentous moment when the 17 Global Goals were ratified.  Leaders from all over the word came together to sign a new global agreement to end poverty, fight inequality and to tackle climate change

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

    While Budget 2016 appeared to...

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

    While Budget 2016 appeared to...

  • Posted by Linda   on 16 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    Did Budget 2016 Meet SVP’s Policy Priorities?

    Did Budget 2016 Meet SVP’s Policy Priorities For Energy Poverty And Energy Efficiency?

  • Posted by Linda   on 16 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    “When everyone hates you, you know you’re doing something right!”

    John first volunteered with the Society in Leixlip in late 1985 when a friend phoned to ask if he could help to bring some of the older people to the Conference Christmas party. The Society quickly identified the passion and talents that John could bring to SVP, and from that point on there was no turning back! 

  • Posted by Linda   on 16 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    “If there’s really a recovery why is the Tánaiste opening food banks?”

    Why do, in one of the richest countries in the world with high economic growth rates, an increasing amount of people still not have enough money to feed themselves in Ireland? 

  • Posted by Linda   on 19 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    There Can Be No Turning Back From This Pivotal Point

    This year's early education and care budget delivered substantial improvements...

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   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 Linda   on 26 November 2015 | 0 comments.
    The scandal of child homelessness

    There are now more than 1,500 children living with their families in unsuitable emergency accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs.  Urgent action is needed by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to tackle the immediate crisis facing homeless children; Measures must be put in place now to prevent more families becoming homeless in the future.

  • Posted by Linda   on 26 November 2015 | 0 comments.
    The scandal of child homelessness

    There are now more than 1,500 children living with their families in unsuitable emergency accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs.  Urgent action is needed by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to tackle the immediate crisis facing homeless children; Measures must be put in place now to prevent more families becoming homeless in the future.

  • Posted by Linda   on 11 December 2015 | 0 comments.
    Poverty proofing Government policy

    The Social Impact Assessment produced by the Department of Social Protection is welcome.  However, it is still very difficult to assess the impact that increased Government spending on public services has on different groups

  • Posted by Linda   on 11 December 2015 | 0 comments.
    Poverty proofing Government policy

    The Social Impact Assessment produced by the Department of Social Protection is welcome.  However, it is still very difficult to assess the impact that increased Government spending on public services has on different groups

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 December 2015 | 0 comments.
    Strategy needed to ensure that every household in Ireland has an adequate income

    The consequences of struggling to manage on an income which is too low to stave off poverty

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 December 2015 | 0 comments.
    Strategy needed to ensure that every household in Ireland has an adequate income

    The consequences of struggling to manage on an income which is too low to stave off poverty

  • Posted by Linda   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 Linda   on 20 January 2016 | 0 comments.
    Single person households absent in political discourse and housing policy responses

    Single person households feature in housing policy and reports mainly as statistics, are hardly visible at all in the media and are at the bottom of social housing waiting lists.

  • Posted by Linda   on 20 January 2016 | 0 comments.
    Single person households absent in political discourse and housing policy responses

    Single person households feature in housing policy and reports mainly as statistics, are hardly visible at all in the media and are at the bottom of social housing waiting lists.

  • Posted by Linda   on 25 January 2016 | 0 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 Linda   on 14 April 2016 | 0 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 Linda   on 14 April 2016 | 0 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 Linda   on 14 April 2016 | 0 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 Linda   on 26 April 2016 | 0 comments.
    Social housing supports or real social housing?

    Having a secure home is becoming a more and more distant prospect for too many people across all housing tenures – whether through home ownership, privately rented or social rented housing.

  • Posted by Linda   on 26 April 2016 | 0 comments.
    Social housing supports or real social housing?

    Having a secure home is becoming a more and more distant prospect for too many people across all housing tenures – whether through home ownership, privately rented or social rented housing.

  • Posted by Linda   on 26 April 2016 | 0 comments.
    Social housing supports or real social housing?

    Having a secure home is becoming a more and more distant prospect for too many people across all housing tenures – whether through home ownership, privately rented or social rented housing.

  • Posted by Linda   on 26 April 2016 | 0 comments.
    Social housing supports or real social housing?

    Having a secure home is becoming a more and more distant prospect for too many people across all housing tenures – whether through home ownership, privately rented or social rented housing.

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Short-term political cycles should not be the driving force behind budgetary decision-making

    Today we launched our Pre Budget Submission and ask Government to make realistic choices. We know that behind the positive indicators such as competitiveness up to 7.8%, unemployment down to 7.8% and the much quoted fact that Ireland has been upgraded from the corrective to the preventative arm of the Stability and Growth Pact that there are big decisions to be made.

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Short-term political cycles should not be the driving force behind budgetary decision-making

    Today we launched our Pre Budget Submission and ask Government to make realistic choices. We know that behind the positive indicators such as competitiveness up to 7.8%, unemployment down to 7.8% and the much quoted fact that Ireland has been upgraded from the corrective to the preventative arm of the Stability and Growth Pact that there are big decisions to be made.

  • Posted by Linda   on 14 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Short-term political cycles should not be the driving force behind budgetary decision-making

    Today we launched our Pre Budget Submission and ask Government to make realistic choices. We know that behind the positive indicators such as competitiveness up to 7.8%, unemployment down to 7.8% and the much quoted fact that Ireland has been upgraded from the corrective to the preventative arm of the Stability and Growth Pact that there are big decisions to be made.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Raising children on a low income poses many practical and emotional challenges

    SVP is calling for improvements to income supports for one parent families in Budget 2017.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Raising children on a low income poses many practical and emotional challenges

    SVP is calling for improvements to income supports for one parent families in Budget 2017.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Raising children on a low income poses many practical and emotional challenges

    SVP is calling for improvements to income supports for one parent families in Budget 2017.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Raising children on a low income poses many practical and emotional challenges

    SVP is calling for improvements to income supports for one parent families in Budget 2017.

  • Posted by Linda   on 28 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Raising children on a low income poses many practical and emotional challenges

    SVP is calling for improvements to income supports for one parent families in Budget 2017.

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 July 2016 | 0 comments.
    Reverse the direction set out in Social Housing 2020

    The over-reliance on the private rented sector to meet social housing need has been an abject failure, demonstrated by unaffordable rents and increasing homelessness among families. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 July 2016 | 0 comments.
    Reverse the direction set out in Social Housing 2020

    The over-reliance on the private rented sector to meet social housing need has been an abject failure, demonstrated by unaffordable rents and increasing homelessness among families. 

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 July 2016 | 0 comments.
    Reverse the direction set out in Social Housing 2020

    The over-reliance on the private rented sector to meet social housing need has been an abject failure, demonstrated by unaffordable rents and increasing homelessness among families. 

  • Posted by Linda   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.

  • Posted by Linda   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.

  • Posted by Linda   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.

  • Posted by Linda   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.

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    “Freedom from Poverty, Access to Education and Security in Employment”

    The new Programme for a Partnership Government was launched in May 2016. This new Government has committed to tackling unmet needs through budgets with an emphasis on prioritising public spending over tax reductions.

  • Posted by Linda   on 21 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    “Freedom from Poverty, Access to Education and Security in Employment”

    The new Programme for a Partnership Government was launched in May 2016. This new Government has committed to tackling unmet needs through budgets with an emphasis on prioritising public spending over tax reductions.

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 July 2016 | 0 comments.
    Homelessness & Housing: Living in a Hotel - A Parallel World

    Homelessness has been a long-running problem despite numerous promises from politicians to tackle the crisis.

  • Posted by Linda   on 22 July 2016 | 0 comments.
    Homelessness & Housing: Living in a Hotel - A Parallel World

    Homelessness has been a long-running problem despite numerous promises from politicians to tackle the crisis.

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 August 2016 | 0 comments.
    Lack of policy coherence causing problems for vulnerable families

    You can clearly feel the rage, despair and hopelessness of lone parents who find themselves with reduced incomes or who cannot afford the cost of the childcare they need in order to work...

  • Posted by Linda   on 05 August 2016 | 0 comments.
    Lack of policy coherence causing problems for vulnerable families

    You can clearly feel the rage, despair and hopelessness of lone parents who find themselves with reduced incomes or who cannot afford the cost of the childcare they need in order to work...

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 October 2016 | 0 comments.
    Hidden Homless Estate Agents

    Today we launched the SVP Hidden Homeless Estate Agents at the SVP Vincent’s shop in South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.

  • Posted by Linda   on 17 October 2016 | 0 comments.
    Hidden Homless Estate Agents

    Today we launched the SVP Hidden Homeless Estate Agents at the SVP Vincent’s shop in South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.

  • Posted by Linda   on 06 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    The Importance of Volunteers
    We sometimes hear criticism from the public that we are giving to the wrong people or that our volunteers can be judgemental and this often angers me.
  • Posted by Linda   on 06 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    The Importance of Volunteers
    We sometimes hear criticism from the public that we are giving to the wrong people or that our volunteers can be judgemental and this often angers me.
  • Posted by Linda   on 06 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    The Importance of Volunteers
    We sometimes hear criticism from the public that we are giving to the wrong people or that our volunteers can be judgemental and this often angers me.
  • Posted by Linda   on 05 January 2017 | 0 comments.
    Housing policy continues to fail struggling households
    The reaction of some landlords and their representative bodies to the measures contained in the Government’s ‘Strategy for the Rental Sector’ exposes the flawed direction of government policy which seeks to meet social housing need primarily through the private rented sector.  
  • Posted by Linda   on 05 January 2017 | 0 comments.
    Housing policy continues to fail struggling households
    The reaction of some landlords and their representative bodies to the measures contained in the Government’s ‘Strategy for the Rental Sector’ exposes the flawed direction of government policy which seeks to meet social housing need primarily through the private rented sector.  
  • Posted by Linda   on 31 January 2017 | 0 comments.
    A precarious balancing act? Making ends meet in low paid, insecure work
    “Due to the nature of substituting (casual work on an as/when needed basis) I never know how much work I will have or how much money I will earn

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