Issue 44 Ireland: Facing up to a Multicultural Future?

The Contradiction of Justice

on Thursday, 10 April 2003. Posted in Issue 44 Ireland: Facing up to a Multicultural Future?, 2002

Brian Lennon, SJ

Justice is about right relationships

Justice is about right relationships, respect for others, above all about the protection of the weakest in society. Child abuse is about as basic a contradiction of justice as there is. All child abuse is awful but it has been a particular shock for Catholics to realise that some priests whom they trusted and respected have been involved in it. However, the most difficult aspect to comprehend of the Church’s response to Clerical Child Abuse was the policy of moving offenders to another location where they had the possibility to re-offend. This policy was tantamount to putting the ‘good name’ of the Catholic Church above the safety of children..

Politics, Corruption & Europe

on Tuesday, 18 February 2003. Posted in Issue 44 Ireland: Facing up to a Multicultural Future?, 2002

Edmund Grace. SJ

An Away Match

When the supporters of the Irish soccer team visited Estonia in early June 2001, the Nice Treaty was not on their agenda. Yet one effect of this particular away match on Dermot, a Dublin northsider, was to convince him to vote ‘yes’ in the first Nice referendum a few days later. Seeing for himself the standard of living among people in that part of the world, and knowing how well Ireland has done in recent years as a member of the European Union, he felt it was only right that the Lithuanians should be admitted as soon as possible.

Integration: What's Done? A Lot More to Do

Written by Eugene Quinn on Tuesday, 01 April 2003. Posted in Issue 44 Ireland: Facing up to a Multicultural Future?, 2002

Ireland: A transition to multi-ethnic society


In the last ten years Ireland has experienced dramatic changes that have transformed the political, economic and cultural landscape. The Celtic Tiger years have brought hitherto unknown wealth and prosperity. They also turned the tide of emigration. Ireland for the first period in its history experienced substantial immigration. This was not simply a flow of returning emigrants. Between 1996 and 2001 around 80,000 migrant workers were issued with visas and permits to service the labour demands of a booming economy. There was a dramatic rise in the number of asylum seekers from a mere 39 applications in 1992 to in excess of 10,000 in 2001.

A Rising Tide - but no boats to lift

Written by Peter McVerry SJ on Thursday, 10 April 2003. Posted in Issue 44 Ireland: Facing up to a Multicultural Future?, 2002

Homelessness revisited


Much has been written over the years about the problem of homelessness.  The causes of homelessness have been analysed and solutions proposed.   Working Notes has included articles on the issue of homelessness in the recent past.  In this article, I do not wish to repeat what has already been written but to look at the effects of the last five years of economic prosperity on the numbers of homeless people and on their prospects of escaping from homelessness in the future.

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.