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 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 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 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 12 July 2016 | 1 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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