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Oireachtas Brief §15 March 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)…

New government

The Dail approved the election of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach and Eamon Gilmore as Tanaiste on 9th March.  On 15th March, the Taoiseach confirmed the following ministerial appointments in the Dail (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th March 2011, 78-9): Tanaiste and…

National policy on volunteering

The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Michael Kitt (FF, Galway E) that the Irish national steering committee for the the European year of volunteering, 2011 was working with Volunteering Ireland (the national coordinating body for…

Literacy, school books and early childhood education

The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn, told Sandra McLellan (SF, Cork E) that his department was undertaking a public consultation process on a draft national strategy on literacy and numeracy covering the period to 2020.  There had been…

Funding scheme for national voluntary and community organizations

Catherine Murphy (independent, Kildare N) enquired about the funding programme for national voluntary and community organizations (Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th March 2011, 773).  The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Frances FitzGerald told her that the 2008-2010 round of…

Strategy for older people, carers, pensions

The Minister for Health & Children, James Reilly, told Michael Kitt (FF, Galway E) that policy for older people was a priority for the new government and the Programme for Government gave a commitment to complete the National Positive Aging…

Missing children

The Minister for Health & Children, James Reilly, gave details to Caomhghin O Caolain (SF, Cavan Monaghan) of the numbers of children reported to be missing from health board care  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th March 2011, 968).  The last set…

Transfer of Community Welfare Officers

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton gave details to Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) on the progress of the transfer of Community Welfare Officers (CWOs) from the HSE to her department (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th March 2011, 931). …

Accountability of the HSE

Asked by John McGuinness (FF, Carlow Kilkenny) about the accountability of the HSE through parliamentary questions, the Minister for Health, James Reilly told the Dail that the HSE was conscious of the need for prompt relies but many questions required…

Social welfare issues: restoring the cuts?

Social welfare issues: restoring the cuts? The government’s intentions on social welfare and poverty came under early focus in the new Dail.  First, Padraig McLochlann (SF, Donegal NE) asked the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, about the poverty analysis…

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