Stakeholders seek project continuation in Ireland – spring 2024 update
29th February 2024

Spring 2024 update – Stakeholders seek project continuation in Ireland

Survey indicates stakeholders seek continuation of RJS4C Ireland

Thanks to those of you (n=42) who filled out the survey to determine the future of the Irish arm of RJS4C, the European dimension of which finished in January. In short:

  • 98% of respondents answered ‘yes’ to ‘Should we continue updating with news items, blogs and other information?’, ‘Should we continue emailing the stakeholder group with quarterly updates’, ‘Should we continue mapping the use of restorative justice in Ireland annually’ and ‘Should we continue collecting case studies of restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice in Ireland?’
  • 93% of respondents answered ‘yes’ to ‘Should we continue to organise at least one national event per year?’
  • 95% of respondents answered ‘yes’ to ‘Should we continue to work with criminal justice policymakers and services to support the development of restorative justice in Ireland?’

As two respondents mentioned in the free text box, the events and RJ development work can be done collaboratively to avoid duplication and (as another person right remarked) unnecessarily adding to an ever-growing event calendar. Overall, given the broad support of this group, I am happy to continue the project from Maynooth. This means that the website, research, and development work will continue – so a) please get in touch if you would like to contribute a case study, blog, or anything else to the website and b) I will be in touch with RJ service managers soon to discus the 2023 case mapping!

Other information of possible interest

  • Restorative Justice Services is hiring a caseworker – deadline 7 March.
  • The Cornmarket Project has delivered restorative justice training in Wexford (see attached news item).
  • Restorative Justice in the Community received a great write up in Tipperary Live in December.
  • The next European Forum for Restorative Justice conference (in Estonia at the end of May) is open for registrations.