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Oireachtas Brief §14 February 2011

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)…

Cuts to Traveller services

Cuts in social services were an important focus of the Dail in January 2011.  Roisin Shortall (Lab, Dublin NW) asked about what she called the damaging impact of the cuts to Traveller education services (Dail Eireann, Debates, 27th January 2011,…

Launch of Tús

The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, announced the launch on 21st December of the new community work placement initiative, Tús, (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th January 2011, 378).  The minister told Billy Timmins (FG, Wicklow) that it provided 5,000…

International Fund for Ireland

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dick Roche, brought Sean Barrett (FG, Dun Laoghaire) up to date on developments in the International Fund for Ireland  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th January 2011, 254-5).  Originally, its board had decided that it would no…

Charities funding database coming

The Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, told Finian McGrath (ind, Dublin NC) that there was no central repository on the voluntary and community sector in Ireland and how it was funded (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th January…

New National Economic and Social Council

The Taoiseach announced in the Dail that he had made, on 20th January, fresh appointments to the National Economic and Social Council (Dail Eireann, Debates, 25th January 0211, 460-1)).  The appointments for the voluntary and community pillar were Fr Sean…

Budgets were progressive

The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, told Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that the impact of recent budgets was progressive.  He cited the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) which showed that the loss of incomes from…

National minimum wage down

The Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Dara Calleary, told Michael D Higgins (Lab, Galway W) that the order to reduce the minimum wage had been signed on 18th January and would come into effect…

Incomplete housing

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Eamon O Cuiv, gave details to Bernard Durkan (FG, Kildare N) of incomplete housing (sometimes called the ‘NAMA houses’ – ed) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 27th January 2011, 911).  The minister told…

Standards in private rented accommodation

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Michael Finneran, gave details to Richard Bruton (FG, Dublin NC) of the inspection activity of the local authorities in standards in private rented accommodation (Dail Eireann,…

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