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Oireachtas Brief §11 November 2010

Welcome to Oireachtas Brief, the information service for social justice NGOs and voluntary sector activists interested in issues of poverty and social exclusion in the Oireachtas.  Oireachtas Brief is provided by The Wheel and the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN)…

EU2020 strategy: Ireland’s programme due April

The progress of the EU2020 strategy, which includes important targets against poverty, was raised in the Dail by Joan Burton (Lab, Dublin W) who told the Taoiseach that she understood that the first draft of the national reform programme had…

Fuel poverty: where is the 2009 strategy?

Liz McManus (Lab, Wicklow) questioned the government on its progress on fuel poverty in the light of carbon tax and disconnections (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th November 2010, 405-7).  The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan told her…

Policies on poverty, equality, social policy

Government policy on equality and poverty came under fire during debate on the Social welfare (miscellaneous provisions) §2 Bill, 2010 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 24th November 2010, 31-48; 1st December 2010, 651-665).  The Bill was then referred to committee.  Michael D…

Mental health and the economic collapse

The senate debated the effects of the economic collapse on mental health (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 10th November 2010, 587-610).  The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, John Moloney, spoke of the recently launched See change national…

Prison conditions

Overcrowding in the prisons was the focus of a short senate debate in November (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 11th November 2010, 693-704).  Ronan Mullen (independent, National University) drew attention to an October report which found that Mountjoy was overcrowded, unsafe, unhygienic…

Convention on the rights of people with disabilities

The senate debated the failure of Ireland so far to ratify the United Nations Convention on the rights of people with disabilities (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 1st December 2010, 168 – 172).  Fidelma Healy Eames (FG, labour) noted that Ireland was…

> Other debate references

> Ghost estates (including using them for social housing): Seanad Eireann, Debates, 10th November 2010, 625-649; > Dementia services: Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th November 2010, 561-3; > Inclusion of Down’s Syndrome children in educational special needs services: Seanad Eireann, Debates,…

Replacement rates, compulsory activation

Replacement rates, compulsory activation or How much do unemployed people receive compared to their wages? and the question of compulsory work to receive assistance The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, gave details to Michael Ring (FG, Mayo) of…

Advocacy services to start January 2011

The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, announced to Michael Ring (FG, Mayo) that the Citizen’s Information Board would set up the National Advocacy Service for people with disabilities in January 2011, providing, independent, representative advocacy services.  Existing pilots,…

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