Tricia Keilthy

Social Policy Development Officer

Tricia Keilthy joined the Society of St Vincent de Paul as a Social Policy Development Officer in December 2016. Her work focuses on child and family policy, education, debt, and poverty.
Tricia has over 10 years of research and policy experience and has worked for a variety of organisations such as the Combat Poverty Agency, One Family, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD. She has also taught undergraduate courses at UCD on topics such as comparative social policy, family policy, and research methods.
Tricia holds a PhD in Social Policy from UCD and a MSc in Applied Social Research from TCD.

Blog Posts

  • Posted by Tricia   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
  • Posted by Tricia   on 24 April 2017 | 0 comments.
    Growing up unequal: What can be done to bridge the gap?
    Despite numerous action plans and strategies, child poverty in Ireland remains unacceptably high. In 2015, approximately 130,000 children were growing up in impoverished circumstances. SVP members know the stark reality behind this statistic; children who regularly go without basic necessities such as nutritious food, clothing and heating.
  • Posted by Tricia   on 18 May 2017 | 0 comments.
    What would a ‘study now, pay later’ model for third level mean for the people SVP assist?
    The current funding of higher education system is inadequate from an accessibility and affordability point of view. Without support many students would not be able to take up a place at college. So how can these deficits be addressed? Are student loans the answer and what would this mean for the people SVP assist?
  • Posted by Tricia   on 04 July 2017 | 0 comments.
    Action is urgently needed to address unacceptable high levels of child poverty
    SVP wants to see an improvement in income supports for children & families in Budget 2018.
  • Posted by Tricia   on 20 October 2017 | 0 comments.
    Now that we know Government reforms increased poverty among lone parents: what next?
    Late last Monday evening, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection published a report outlining the impact of the reforms of the One Parent Family Payment. Since 2012, when the reforms were first implemented, SVP has continued to highlight some of the negative impacts and unintended consequences of the changes. We have been particularly critical of the decision to abolish the features of the One Parent Family Payment which supported lone parents to take up part-time employment.
  • Posted by Tricia   on 09 March 2018 | 0 comments.
    How can we ensure the fight against poverty is embedded in all government policy?
    Eighteen years ago, Ireland signed up to the European Social Charter. By doing so our country agreed to uphold human rights with respect to everyday essential needs related to employment and working conditions, housing, education, health, and social protection. The Charter also places specific emphasis on the protection of vulnerable groups such as older people, children, people with disabilities and migrants.
  • Posted by Tricia   on 02 July 2018 | 0 comments.
    Why we need an adequate social protection floor
    The costs of childcare, housing, school supplies, further and higher education, utilities, healthcare, and transport dramatically impact on people's ability to get out and stay out of poverty. It is clear that Ireland needs to invest significantly in these critical areas if we want to tackle inequality and social exclusion.
  • Posted by Tricia   on 06 August 2019 | 0 comments.
    What is the cost of a healthy food basket?
    It is estimated that one in eleven people are experiencing food poverty in Ireland, which is defined as the inability to have an adequate and nutritious diet due to issues of affordability.  

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