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Social Justice Matters is a podcast from Social Justice Ireland. We are an independent justice advocacy think tank that advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole.

Social Justice Matters is a podcast from Social Justice Ireland. We are an independent justice advocacy think tank that advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole.


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Social Justice Matters is a podcast from Social Justice Ireland. We are an independent justice advocacy think tank that advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole.




141. SJI Seminars Ep32: Gabriel Mahklouf, Governor of the Central Bank on Monetary policy, regulation and inequality: a tale of inter-linkages

Gabriel Makhlouf is the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, taking up that position on 1 September 2019. He chairs the Central Bank Commission, is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the European Systemic Risk Board, and is Ireland's Alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund. Before joining the Central Bank Gabriel was Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and the Government's chief economic and financial adviser from 2011 to 2019....


140 SJI Interviews Ep87: Climate Action with Clare O’Connor, Friends of the Earth

Michelle Murphy talks to Clare O’Connor, Energy Policy Officer with Friends of the Earth about climate change, climate action, protecting the vulnerable and COP27.


139. SJI Interviews Ep86: The Living Wage with Robert Thornton and Ciarán Nugent, Living Wage Technical Group.

At the end of October 2022, the Living Wage Technical Group launched the Living Wage of €13.85 for 2022/2023. The Living Wage is a wage which makes possible a minimum acceptable standard of living and is evidence based and grounded in social consensus. Two members of the group, Robert Thornton, Research Manager at Vincentian MESL Research Centre and Ciarán Nugent, Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute explain how the figure is arrived at and why it matters.


138. SJI Interviews Ep85: School Libraries with Kathleen Moran

Kathleen Moran is Chairperson of the School Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland to talk about school libraries in Ireland. She chats to Michelle Murphy about the importance of school libraries and school librarians, and what needs to be done to ensure every child and young person in Ireland has access to a fully staffed school library.


137. SJI Seminars Ep31. Hugh Frazer - How the European Pillar of Social Rights can help to advance social policy in Ireland

Hugh Frazer is an expert on European policies to combat poverty and social exclusion, especially child poverty. He played a lead role in the feasibility studies that contributed to the establishment of the European Child Guarantee. He has acted as adviser to a wide range of national and European organisations ( ESN, Eurochild, EAPN and UNICEF). He is a former coordinator of the European Social Policy Network (2006-2019); worked as an expert on social inclusion policy in the European...


136. SJI Interviews Ep84: State of the European Union Address with Barbara Nolan

Barbara Nolan is Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland. She chats to Michelle Murphy about the State of the European Union Address 2022, what the main themes were in this year’s address and what they mean for policy direction in the European Union and in Ireland.


135. SJI Interviews Ep83: Libraries with Stuart Hamilton

Stuart Hamilton is the Head of Libraries Development for the Local Government Management Agency. He is the national advisor on libraries in the local government sector and leads the strategic development and implementation of service innovation and change management. He chats with Susanne Rogers about the importance of libraries to communities across the country, how they adapted to the pandemic, the move from analogue to digital, challenges to access of information and what lies...

134. SJI 10 Minute Lessons Ep18: Preparing for Budget 2023

Budget 2023 is just around the corner. In the latest episode of our Ten Minute Lessons series, we talk about what the Budget is, we bring you through the Budget process, when you might expect to feel the impact of the Budget and how you can advocate for change. Our Budget Choices 2023 Policy Briefing can be found HERE. We are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 40 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2022. Check out the list...


133. SJI Interviews Ep82: Vote at 16 Campaign with Paul Gordon, NYCI

To mark United Nations International Day of Democracy,Paul Gordon chats with Susanne Rogers about the Vote at 16 campaign. Paul is Director of Policy and Advocacy with the National Youth Council of Ireland. We chat about the reasoning behind the campaign, experiences in other jurisdictions, the movement in Ireland and next steps.


132. SJI Interviews Ep81: Youth Homelessness with Aisling O’Hara, Galway Simon

Aisling O'Hara is Service Manager for Youth Services & Community Based Housing with Galway Simon Community. Galway Simon Community provide support and accommodation services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the West of Ireland. Aisling chats with Susanne Rogers about youth homelessness, the impacts on young people, the care and resources required and ideally what needs to be included in the Youth Homelessness Strategy.


131. SJI Interviews Ep80: Parkrun with Matt Shields

Matt Shields, Country Manager for Parkrun Ireland chats with Susanne Rogers about the evolution of this community and volunteer led initiative. Matt Shields brought Parkrun to Ireland and has watched it grow and spread to 134 varied and diverse communities with more being added all the time. We talk about the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and volunteering that the Parkrun community experiences and what lies ahead for 2022.


130. SJI Seminars Ep30: Ana M.Guillén and Maria Petmesidou - A Greener and more Social Pillar

Ana M. Guillén is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oviedo, Spain, and director of the PROMEBI research group, Promoting Work and Welfare in Europe. She acts as a consultant to the European Commission and the International Labour Organization. She is also a member of the Scientific Board of the Observatoire Social Européen (OSE, Brussels) and of the International Social Security Association. Maria Petmesidou is Emeritus Professor at Democritus University, Greece. She served as...


129. SJI Interviews Ep79: Dr. Michelle Maher and See Her Elected

The SHE Project is a collaboration between the Women’s Manifesto Project (a Longford Women’s Link programme) and 50:50 North West, organisations with strong links at grassroots level. A unique project, it is ‘ploughing new furrows’ in developing an innovative rural strategy to ensure women from our rural constituencies gain their rightful place on our councils and in Dáil Eireann. In this week's episode, Colette Bennett chats with Dr. Michelle Maher on all things female participation, the...


128. SJI Seminars Ep.30: Budget Choices 2023

Budget 2023 should be guided by one core principle, that the measures adopted prioritise the protection of the most vulnerable groups in our society. To this end Budget 2023 should prioritise continued strategic investment in long-term infrastructure projects focused on social housing provision and achieving our committed climate change targets alongside targeted cost of living measures. The fiscal context for Budget 2023 is one of the most difficult in some time due to an uncertain social...


127. SJI Interviews Ep 78: The National Economic Dialogue 2022

The National Economic Dialogue 2022 took place in Dublin Castle on Monday, 20th June. Social Justice Ireland were in attendance, CEO, Seán Healy, Research and Policy Analyst, Michelle Murphy and Economic and Social Analyst, Colette Bennett. They chat with Research and Policy Analyst, Susanne Rogers about the background of the event, who participates, what happens on the day, our policy asks and the benefits of dialogue. More information about this year's National Economic Dialogue can be...


126. SJI Interviews Ep 77: Music Industry and Climate Action with Karla Rogožar, IMPALA.

This week's episode is a conversation between Susanne Roger and Karla Rogožar. Karla is the Project Assistant at IMPALA, the Independent Music Companies Association, representing nearly 6000 music companies across Europe. Karla is the coordinator of IMPALA’s sustainability task force and climate analysis group, gathered under a 15-point charter that the organisation released in early 2021. IMPALA also has a sustainability programme with voluntary targets for members, find out more about it...


125. SJI Interviews Ep 76: Lifelong Learning with Nora Condon, Solas

This week, Susanne Rogers chats with Nora Condon, Senior Data Analyst with Solas about lifelong learning and gaining skills for life and work. The world of work is changing with green and digital transitions and as we live longer, we may work for longer. We need access to upskilling and reskilling in order to benefit from these opportunities and deal with the challenges. SOLAS is the State agency tasked with building a world class Further Education and Training (FET) sector to fuel...


124. SJI Seminars Ep29: Liina Carr on the role of the European Trade Union Confederation in delivering the EU Pillar of Social Rights.

Liina Carr was re-elected ETUC Confederal Secretary in 2019, having first been elected in 2015. Her responsibilities at ETUC include macroeconomic policy, economic governance and the European Semester, the European Pillar of Social Rights, social protection, external relations, implementation of UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the EU and development cooperation, as well as human resources. Liina has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee since 2004. We...


123. SJI Interviews Ep 75: Violence in Women’s Prisons with Keith Adams, JCFJ

There have been a number of reports recently of issues and complaints in Dóchas, the women's prison in the Mountjoy campus in Dublin. In this week's episode, Colette Bennett discusses these issues, the lack of transparency and the Government's decision not to publish reports of the Inspector of Prisons, as well as how the narrative to end violence against women leaves many behind.


122. Special Episode: The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy 2022

Social Justice Ireland is a key partner in a Masters programme that is run in conjunction with the Waterford IT campus of the new South East Technological University and delivered in Dublin city. This programme is called the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy. This is our second special episode of Social Justice Matters and it should be of great interest to anyone considering enrolling in this MA. The episode is anchored by MA Programme Leader Dr. Paul Clogher of WIT, and includes...