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Oireachtas Brief §23 November 2011 (1)

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)…

1 Debates: Voluntary and community sector in the Seanad

The Seanad debated the role of the voluntary and community sector (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 9th November 2011, 267 – 290).  Opening the debate, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan spoke of how his department was…

Need to address poverty

Several members demanded more action on poverty.  In the Dail, Barry Cowen (FF, Laois Offaly) drew attention to the pre-budget submission of the Society of St Vincent de Paul which spoke of how Ireland faced into a serious social crisis,…

Future of the Family Support Agency, new children’s agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Caoimhghin O Caolain (SF, Cavan Monaghan) that no decisions had been made as to the future of the family resource centre programme, but she assured him that the Family Support…

Dormant accounts: ‘a new slush fund for government’

The Dormant Accounts (amendment) Bill, 2011, already approved by the Seanad, went to the Dail (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th November 2011, 485-497).  The Bill was welcomed by Niall Collins (FF, Limerick), who supported the transfer of powers from the board…

> Other debates:

> National Drugs Strategyand latest report of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction: Dail Eireann, Debates, 16th November 2011, 861-3. > Private rented accommodation: Dail Eireann, Debates, 16th November 2011, 868-869 > Interdepartmental report on mortgage arrears:…

2 News: Homeless strategy updated by end 2011

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Willie Penrose told Michael Healy Rae (ind, Kerry S) that the government was, in accordance with the Programme for government, reviewing and updating the homeless strategy…

Housing lists: growth of long-term waiting

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, gave details to Thomas Broughan (ind, Dublin NE) of long-term applicants on the housing lists (Dail Eireann, Debates, 16th November 2011, 1128).  The numbers waiting four years or more…

Older people’s councils

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told Simon Harris (FG, Wicklow) that the establishment of older peoples councils, announced in the Programme for government, were part of the delivery of the Positive ageing strategy and…

Disability convention: mental capacity Bill due 2012

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, told the Dail that the government intended to ratify the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities as quickly as possible, once our domestic law had been amended so…

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