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 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 19 June 2018 | 0 comments.
    Reassessment of housing policy needed in Budget 2019
    There are many, complex reasons behind why an individual or family comes to leave, or lose, their home.
  • 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
  • Posted by Tricia   on 14 October 2020 | 0 comments.
    Budget 2021 Measures: What do they mean for people in poverty?
    Even before the pandemic, almost 700,000 people were in poverty, living precarious and insecure lives. In many instances, COVID has swept them deeper into poverty, ...

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