The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

The ethos of the VPSJ, which is a faith based NGO, is rooted in:

  • The call of the Gospels “that all may have life and have it to the full” (John 10.10)
  • Belief in the dignity and potential of every human being
  • Commitment to working with people experiencing social and economic exclusion in order to bring about the change necessary for a more just and inclusive Ireland


To achieve its goal of working for social and economic change the VPSJ uses four main approaches:

Active Citizenship/Voter Education

The facilitation of the Active Citizenship/Voter Education Programme which encourages people who have lost confidence in the democratic electoral system to recognise their vote as a voice for social and economic change. Read more »

Development of Minimum Essential Budget Standards

Engagement in research on the expenditure and income needed for a minimum essential standard of living of all; which produces facts and figures on the standard of living which members of the public have agreed is the minimum below which no one should be expected to live. Read more »


Networking with individuals and groups which share the values and goals of the VPSJ. Read more »


By providing data which reflects current social and economic reality and which is used by different organisations – Government, Statutory Agencies and NGOs in their work. Read more »

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Politics and religion: these are the two things that we’re told never to discuss over dinner.

If that’s the case, Pope Francis might be a bad dinner date, because he’s clearly a man who loves both.

“A good Catholic,” Francis says, “meddles in politics.”

In fact, Francis argues that politics “is one of the highest forms of love, because it is in the service of the common good.”



Latest News

  • The VPSJ has started the focus group work for a new project A Minimum Essential Standard of Living for a single adult with a visual impairment.
  • The VPSJ attended the Social Inclusion Forum.


Just.Now Sept-Oct 2016: Budget 2017

Issued: September 2016


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Budget 2017: Minimum Essential Budget Standards Impact Briefing

Issued: October 2016

Budget 2017 The VPSJ has prepared its annual budget impact briefing in response to the details of Budget 2017. This briefing analyses the impact of the Budget in the context of the Minimum Essential Standards …

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Important Dates

November 2016

  • 16th: International Day for Tolerance
  • 20th: Universal Children's Day
  • 25th: Elimination of Violence Against Women