Tricia Keilthy

Social Policy Development Officer

Tricia Keilthy joined the Society of St Vincent de Paul in 2016 and currently co-ordinates the policy and advocacy work of the Society.

She works closely with the SVP National Social Justice Committee to identify social justice issues emerging through the experience of SVP members and the people we assist and develop solutions and policy proposals.

Tricia has over twelve years’ experience of applied social research and has worked for a variety of organisations such as the Combat Poverty Agency, One Family, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, as well as a variety of research roles with TCD and UCD. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on topics such as comparative social policy, family policy, and research methods and also holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD.

Tricia has a PhD in Social Policy from UCD and a Masters in Applied Social Research from TCD. Tricia currently volunteers with a visitation Conference in Dublin’s south inner city.

Blog Posts

  • 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 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.  
  • Posted by Tricia   on 11 October 2019 | 0 comments.
    Summary Assessment of Budget 2020 Measures
    Budget 2020 delivered a number of welcome targeted measures which will assist those living on the lowest incomes. However, freezing primary social welfare rates and the minimum wage means many people will be left struggling next year as the cost of living rises.
  • Posted by Tricia   on 16 April 2020 | 0 comments.
    The Next Programme for Government Must Tackle Poverty
    The next Programme for Government will be the most significant in modern history, and the choices that are made in the coming weeks, months and years need to be guided by the values that we have seen come to the fore during this crisis – compassion, solidarity and a concern for our most vulnerable citizens

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