We also need to commit to social justice at a global level.
Let us take development aid, for example.
Irish Aid is our government’s official overseas development programme. The government says this programme is our way of showing commitment to human rights and fairness, in order to achieve peace and justice internationally.
In recent years the budget for this programme has been cut, but Ireland continues to provide a high quality of aid to countries overseas.
In 2013 Ireland spent almost €640 million on overseas development aid.
Given that we have a small population, we make a big contribution. The most recent OECD survey says that per person in the population, Ireland makes the seventh highest contribution to overseas development in the world.