Sunday 8 December


1. Focus Ireland: Put the Right to a Home in our Constitution


Focus Ireland is running a campaign for the ‘Right to a Home’ to be included in Ireland’s Constitution. The right to adequate housing is fundamental to survival and is one of the key foundations upon which other human rights are enjoyed. In Ireland, unlike many other European countries, the right to housing is not well protected. Many international legislative instruments focusing on human rights (including the UN Declaration of Human Rights 1948, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1966 and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989) advance socio-economic rights including housing rights specifically. Unfortunately, however, these are not enforceable in Ireland.


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Research commissioned by Focus Ireland in 2012 showed that there was widespread (80%) public support for the right to a home being enshrined in the Constitution. Without the right to a home, people are more vulnerable to housing problems and to homelessness. Please support our campaign and help make the right to a home one that is guaranteed.



2. JCFJ: 'Making Progress' on prison reform


Jesuit MakingProgressCover smallerThe Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) is monitoring the Irish Prison Service's (IPS) reform plan. The IPS's plan includes commitments to reduce numbers in prison and to end the indignity of ‘slopping out’, which has been heavily criticised by various international bodies including the UN Committee against Torture. The JCFJ has published a review of the progress made by the prison service in their reform programme. The report finds that in many areas positive changes can be seen, there are worrying deficiencies and delays in the implementation progress.


You can get more information on the launch of its recent report, 'Making Progress', and you can also download the full report