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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"The Lord is the first to trust in you, and He also invites you to trust in yourselves; He invites you to encourage one another, and join Him in writing the most beautiful page of your lives."                                                                   

  Pope Francis,  Sept 7th 2019     -

Latest News

The VPSJ has completed the following research projects:

  • For the NYCI – Benchmarking income adequacy for young adults.
  • Review/Rebase of the MESL Budgets for Rural Households with Children

The VPSJ at present is working on:

  • The 2019 update of the MESL data
  • The 2019 update of the Insolvency Service Ireland - Reasonable LIving Expenses
  • The 2019 update of the Living Wage Rate for 2019

Provding information on the EU and Local Elections  - May 24th 2019 

MESL Research

Budget 2020: MESL Pre-Budget Submission

Issued: June 2019

Budget 2020 This submission to Government presents evidence based policy recommendations, based on the MESL 2019 analysis of minimum needs and income adequacy.  The 2019 MESL assessment identified households …

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Just.Now June-July 2019: Wackaging

Issued: June 2019


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Important Dates

September 2019

8th    International Literacy Day

15th  International Day of Democracy

21st   International Day of Peace