2000

Retired Self-Employed

on Saturday, 05 July 2003. Posted in Issue 38 Dying on the Streets, 2000

Mary Purcell lives in a rural parish in the West of Ireland.

Bill Toner S.J. is Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Dublin.

A Penny-Pinching Pension Scheme

Social Insurance for self-employed persons was introduced in 1988.  This was a progressive move, long overdue.   Before the change, people who chose the option of becoming self-employed people were more at risk of insecurity and poverty in old age than those employed by others.  Many thousands of self-employed, from small shopkeepers to bicycle repair men, were too poor to be able to negotiate their own personal insurance schemes and in old age they became a burden, grudgingly borne, on the state.  In fact, notwithstanding the above title, many of the group on which this article focuses are not actually ‘retired’ since they cannot afford to retire.  But they are at the age at which most of their fellow-citizens have retired.

Must The Poor Always Be With Us?

on Sunday, 06 July 2003. Posted in Issue 37 Community Development in the Age of the Celtic Tiger, 2000

Tom Giblin, SJ

May 2000

 

Cherry Orchard Blossoms

Living in Cherry Orchard these past few years offers a window on the changing face of inequality in Ireland of the Celtic Tiger. A few things strike me as I travel each day from where I live to where I work in U.C.D. There are many more people going out to work in Cherry Orchard than four years ago. More of them are travelling in cars, some of them new. Some of those whom I see coming and going to work are people who, five years ago, I would not have predicted would ever find employment. The opportunities simply were not there.

Community Development in the Age of the Celtic Tiger

on Sunday, 06 July 2003. Posted in Issue 37 Community Development in the Age of the Celtic Tiger, 2000

Bill Toner, SJ

May 2000

Introduction

Some dreadful planning decisions and environmental blunders were made in Irish cities between the 1930s and the end of the 1960s. It is hard to imagine them taking place today. For instance, there is no possibility that the authorities in Northern Ireland would today be allowed to drive a motorway through the middle of Belfast, effectively cutting it in two. No local authority would now be allowed to design an area like Drimnagh in Dublin, a development of over 5,000 houses built in the thirties without a single green space. The destruction of part of Georgian Dublin\'s Fitzwilliam Street, to build new offices for the E.S.B., could not happen today.

Doing Cultural Analysis

on Sunday, 06 July 2003. Posted in Issue 37 Community Development in the Age of the Celtic Tiger, 2000

Bill Toner, SJ

May 2000

 

Introduction

The November 1997 issue of Working Notes featured an article entitled \'Working Class Cultures: Can They Adapt\', which referred to the process of cultural analysis. The focus of that article was certain features of lower working-class culture (such as early school leaving) which made it difficult for young people in working class areas to participate fully in our modern economy.

This article discusses more fully what cultural analysis is, and how it can be carried out. It may be possible for community workers, for instance, to carry out a modest project in this area, perhaps as an alternative to the more common \'needs analysis\' carried on in communities.

Dying on the Streets

on Saturday, 05 July 2003. Posted in Issue 38 Dying on the Streets, 2000

Bill Toner, SJ

November 2000

Introduction

During the summer two young men from overseas, both English-speaking and white, were taking part in a Catholic ‘renewal programme’ in Dublin.   Part of the programme provided opportunities for getting in touch with the reality of poverty.   The two men chose the option of staying in a hostel for the homeless overnight.

The Commission on the Private Rented Sector- A Reaction

on Saturday, 05 July 2003. Posted in Issue 38 Dying on the Streets, 2000

Seamus Murphy, SJ

November 2000

Table 2. COMPARATIVE PERCENTAGES (1991)

Country Owner-Occupied Private Rented Social Housing Other
Germany 38 36 26 0
Netherlands 47 17 36 6
Sweden 43 16 22 19 [co-op]
IRELAND (1995) 72 15 11 2

 

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