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    June 2021
    Evidence-based Policy: Separating Science and Codology

    Originally promoted by the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) in 2005, a now defunct social partnership body that included the community and voluntary sector, very few of those working in or supporting the community sector had expressed doubts about the concept of evidence-based policymaking….

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    January 2021
    EAPN30: What would the old man in the Simpsons think? Poverty in Ireland and Europe, 1990-2020

    There’s an old man in the Simpsons cartoon. He has a scaly, wrinkled face, a few wisps of scraggy hair on top, was probably a lifelong smoke and he bemoans how over the previous thirty years or so the performance of his football team degenerated. He even has a subtitle: ‘embittered veteran’…

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    November 2020
    Imagining a good life for everybody within planetary boundaries

    On the 30th Anniversary of EAPN, Fintan Farrell reflects on the history of anti-poverty policy in the EU and writes about the societal transformation that is needed in order to eradicate poverty and social exclusion moving forward….

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    October 2020
    Why families can’t afford a house

    In normal circumstances, Ireland needs to build about 25,000 units of accommodation per year. In the extraordinary situation that came about on foot of the collapse of the housing market in 2008 that estimate has risen to 35,000 per year to accommodate the backlog that has built up since then….

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    August 2020
    Will education and childcare receive additional investment as we emerge from the initial pandemic wave?

    Education and childcare are two essential areas of our lives. Schools prepare children for adulthood while providing the range of skills necessary to negotiate relationships, form a family and begin to explore life choices. Second level and higher education builds on this, facilitating young people to explore their potential, focus on specific skills and develop … Continue reading “Will education and childcare receive additional investment as we emerge from the initial pandemic wave?”

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    July 2020
    The Impact of Covid 19 on North Clondalkin

    North Clondalkin has not recovered from the economic crash of 2008 – nor did it experience the full benefit of the mystical Celtic Tiger….

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    May 2020
    Regaining Paradise

    This blog entry is a contribution to the development of a new analysis necessary for the emergence of a radical agenda for social, political and economic change in a post-pandemic society….

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    April 2020
    Using the COVID-19 crisis to build a better future for all

    “We can’t risk some notion that we can recover what we had and that would be sufficient. That game is over”.

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    December 2019
    Social Europe- a fading dream?

    Human rights are about human dignity. Living in poverty, having no permanent home or experiencing reduced life chances undermines human dignity.

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    October 2019
    Making Poverty a Priority

    The Government will never effectively tackle the crisis of poverty if other crises are always given priority….

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