"The policies offend against justice in that in Spain, to take one example, almost 50 per cent of those under twenty-five are now unemployed. No amount of economic sophistry based on 'flexible labour markets' can detract from the reality that this generation has been cut off from the right to work, and to give expression to their talents and their capacity to support a family. Whole new segments of society have been cast into poverty and this offends against justice and the shared values which once animated the European ideal."
Incidentally, the same edition of Working Notes (produced by the Jesuit Centre for faith and Justice) has very interesting articles by economist historian Kevin O'Rourke, TASC economist Tom McDonnell and Robin Hanan of the European Anti-Poverty Network
Dr Tom Healy is Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). He has previously worked in the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the National Economic and Social Forum and the Department of Education and Skills.
He holds a PhD (economics and sociology) from UCD. His research interests have included the impact of education and social capital on well-being.