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In the Wake of the Celtic Tiger: Poverty in Contemporary Ireland

ISBN13: 9781847301789

ISBN10: 1847301789

Publisher: Veritas


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  • Established in 2005 by the Department of Social Issues and International Affairs of the Bishops Conference, the newly formed ICJSA combined the Bishops Council for Social Welfare and the Irish Commission for Justice and Peace.

    The Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs (ICJSA) an agency of the Irish Bishops Conference has issued a position paper addressing the issue of poverty in Ireland in the wake of the Celtic Tiger.
    In its introduction, the paper says "The global financial crisis that threatens a severe and protracted recession has heralded the demise of the period of rapid economic growth in Ireland known as the Celtic Tiger. After a period of prosperity we are now faced with difficult economic choices if we are to both sustain the economy and protect the vulnerable in our society. This paper on poverty in contemporary Ireland issues a challenge to all of us to recognise that notwithstanding the social gains and economic growth of the Celtic Tiger, poverty does exist on our island and risks increasing significantly in the current crisis. Poverty, of course, is not simply about lowness of income and the consequent impact on people as consumers. Poverty denies individuals what they need to flourish and also denies Irish society the gifts of those who never reach their potential. Thus it is both morally reprehensible and economically damaging."
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    And finally some sobering reflections for the Lenten season from the newly formed Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs, an agency of the Irish Bishops Conference. They have just published a pamphlet on poverty in Ireland after the collapse of extinction of the Celtic Tiger.

    The global financial crisis that threatens a severe and protracted recession has heralded the demise of the period of rapid economic growth in Ireland, they observe. After a period of prosperity we are now faced with difficult economic choices if we are to both sustain the economy and protect the vulnerable in our society.

    The publication issues a challenge to all of us to recognise that, notwithstanding the social gains and economic growth of recent years (compared I suppose to the 1940s), poverty continues on the island as a whole. In the present recession it can only increase.

    Poverty is not just a lack of money, but a mental attitude as well. Poverty denies the unique person we all claim to cherish (vide the Constitution) what they need to flourish as real beings. It denies the community the inner gifts of those who never have a chance to realise them. It damages us all, not only economically and physically, but morally as well.

    - Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic, 26 March 2009

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In the Wake of the Celtic Tiger: Poverty in Contemporary Ireland