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 secret to navigating life well is to invite Jesus on board. The helm of life should be given to Him, so that He can direct the route."

  Pope Francis,  January 2019     -





Latest News

The VPSJ has completed the following research projects:

  • For Safefood – The Cost of a MESL Healthy Food Basket for the Island of Ireland
  • Review/Rebase of MESL Budgets for Urban Households with Children

The VPSJ at present is working on:

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

MEBS Research

Budget 2019: MESL Impact Briefing

Issued: October 2018

Budget 2019 The VPSJ has prepared its annual budget impact briefing in response to Budget 2019. This briefing analyses the impact of the Budget in the context of the Minimum Essential Standards research, …

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Just.Now Jan-Feb 2019: Living in Poverty Today

Issued: February 2019


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Important Dates

January 2019

27th    International Holocaust Remembrance Day.