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Unfinished Business

Joe Moran

With social and community services coming under increasing pressure as austerity continues, Unfinished Business examines how social policy has operated in Ireland and how it has been affected by consistent government cutbacks. It examines a wide range of issues important to social care students, such as poverty, homelessness, disability, immigrants, mental health and many other issues pertinent to Irish society today.

This book:

  • Is the first Irish social policy textbook written for social care students
  • Poses important questions about not only social policy approaches but also policy failings, and makes the case for a move towards social policy regulation
  • Is useful to students from other disciplines, such as community work, early childhood studies, nursing, addiction studies and child protection studies Is written in a clear and accessible style and laid out in a user-friendly manner

The book is aimed at undergraduate students in social studies, social science and public administration, and will also prove useful to practitioners who seek to broaden their understanding of social care.

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Publication Date

August 2013


978-1-909895-01-0 (Paperback)

No. of Pages



234 x 156


Social Science

About the Author

Joe Moran qualified as a social worker from Trinity College Dublin in 1985 and subsequently worked in social work in Ireland and the UK. He has lectured in social policy at Waterford Institute of Technology since 2004 and contributed to three texts in the UCD Press social policy series, Contemporary Irish Social Policy (1995/2005), Mental Health Policy in Ireland (2005) and Ageing and Social Policy in Ireland (2008).