Submission to UN CESCR Fourth Review of Ireland

In advance of the Fourth Periodic Review of Ireland by the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)on the 15-16 February the Community Platform launched its Submission to CESCR.

The Submission draws on the collective expertise of the Platform members and provides key insights into what must change in order to improve the lives of people whose economic, social and cultural rights are not respected, protected and fulfilled as they should be in Ireland.

It draws the Committee’s attention to the lack of effective engagement with affected communities, and the organisations that represent them, in the design and implementation of policy, the need for greater Government accountability for its decision-making, and the critical role of and gaps in data and evidence in informing effective policy. The Submission highlights the failure of successive Governments to properly address such major long-term challenges as poverty, health, education, employment and housing, which has resulted in deepening inequalities and hardship for many people, particularly those living on low incomes and from the most marginalised communities. It makes concrete recommendations on structural issues hampering attempts to tackle poverty and social exclusion.

The full Community Platform Submission is available here.