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A pertinent question

wnotes_01Who are the ‘vulnerable’ in Ireland today? This is the question posed in the editorial of the latest issue of Working Notes, the Journal of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. This special edition focuses on the thirtieth anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service working with forcibly displaced persons and on the issues that affect this very vulnerable group. “There has been a lot of talk about ‘protecting the vulnerable’ in the lead-up to the recent budget,” says acting-director of JCFJ, Eoin Carroll. “So many vested interests – politicians, trade unions and others – have appropriated the word ‘vulnerable’ that it has begun to lose its meaning. Yet within our society there are clearly people who are vulnerable, whose needs are not represented, whose concerns are urgent, and whose voices are not heard”. View this issue and all back issues on the JCFJ website.