Issue 42 Pensions Time Bomb? Equity and Justice in the Pensions Regime

Falling between two pillars: The prospect for pensioners in Ireland?

Written by Eugene Quinn on Friday, 04 July 2003. Posted in Issue 42 Pensions Time Bomb? Equity and Justice in the Pensions Regime, 2002


Eugene Quinn, an actuary working part-time with the CFJ, examines issues of equity and justice in the pensions regime.
1.      Introduction
Pensions are important to everybody. There is widespread public myopia with regard to the importance of pensions, as the consequences of neglect are so distant. For the vast majority of the population however pensions will be the chief determinant of their income in their old age. Our choices now, both as individuals and as a society, will affect how we will live as we get older. Will we have enough to live with security and dignity in a society with higher expectations of life? Will there be large income inequalities between the rich and poor of our elderly?

Does Your Vote Matter

on Sunday, 29 June 2003. Posted in Issue 42 Pensions Time Bomb? Equity and Justice in the Pensions Regime, 2002

Seamus O'Gorman, SJ

April, 2002

1. Election day - 2002

It\'s a bright sunny day in May 2002. At last, after five long years it\'s polling day again. You grab a moment and run around to your polling station. You\'re in the little booth, attached pencil in hand. There\'s a long list of names in front of you: some you recognise, others not really. You take a deep breath. You begin to tick off the boxes… 1… 2… 3… from best to worst or maybe 14, 13, 12 from worst to best, depending on the kind of person you are.

Many others will not grab a moment to vote. They will stay away, largely ignoring what is going on on polling day. The whole election event will leave them "underwhelmed"; they may be slightly bemused to realise that some people still think voting is such an important thing. They will wonder at the naiveté or inexplicable zeal that would mean you could tear yourself away from the alternative goods life offers - an evening\'s rest, the football match, the soap, the pints - so as to mark a few numbers on a card.

Social Justice And Christian Faith

on Saturday, 05 July 2003. Posted in Issue 42 Pensions Time Bomb? Equity and Justice in the Pensions Regime, 2002

Seamus Murphy SJ, lecturer in philosophy in the Milltown Institute , explores the christian understanding of social justice.

Contemporary Irish society reflects a growing diversity of cultures and values.  In particular, Christian values and perspectives are no longer the predominant moral culture.  In the more pluralistic society that is emerging, the Christian contribution has to be made with due respect for the contributions of other groups.  This is indispensable for arriving at a degree of consensus on some notion of our shared good.

At the same time, it is accepted that not merely pluralism but also genuine equality requires valuing our diversity.  This raises the question for each group of what that group’s distinctive contribution is or ought to be.  For Christians, this includes the issue of what distinctive insights the Christian tradition could contribute to a shared understanding of social justice.[i]

We tend to think that law defines what crime is. This makes sense because contemporary legal codes are concerned with marking out the territory where conduct is permissible by specifying the conduct that is outlawed. Yet the earliest bodies of law – consider for example, the Torah or Hammurabi’s Code – are at least as committed to articulating the good as proscribing the bad... Read full editorial

Working Notes is a journal published by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. The journal focuses on social, economic and theological analysis of Irish society. It has been produced since 1987.