Caroline Fahey

Social Policy Development Officer

Caroline Fahey is Social Policy Development Officer with the Society of St Vincent de Paul and has worked with the organisation for more than six years.

Caroline works on a broad range of social policy issues, with a particular focus on poverty and social exclusion, social welfare, lone parents and migration. She is one of the four representatives of the Community and Voluntary Pillar on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), a body which advises the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) on strategic issues for Ireland’s social and economic development.

Caroline is also a volunteer with an SVP visitation conference in Dublin. Prior to joining the SVP, Caroline worked with Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland and in the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College.

Blog Posts

  • Posted by CarolineFahey   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 CarolineFahey   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 CarolineFahey   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 CarolineFahey   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 CarolineFahey   on 12 December 2018 | 0 comments.
    Social justice roundup for 2018 and plans for 2019
    The SVP National Social Justice Committee and the Social Justice and Policy staff team worked on a wide range of areas during 2018.  We supported SVP members with complex cases, presented at SVP Area Gatherings and assisted in the drafting of best practice and guidance notes for SVP members.
  • Posted by CarolineFahey   on 16 August 2019 | 0 comments.
    “Investing in a just society” - Pre Budget Submission 2020
    In June the Society of St Vincent de Paul launched its Pre Budget Submission 2020, with the theme of “Investing in a just society”

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