Issue 38 Dying on the Streets

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.

Dying on the Streets

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

Bill Toner, SJ

November 2000


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


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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