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Oireachtas Brief §25, December 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: Poverty proofing

The issue of poverty proofing and poverty reports was raised on a number of occasions, one of a set of concerns in the area.  First, the Seanad debated an amendment under the Local government (household charge) Bill, 2011  that the…

Child poverty

In the Seanad,  David Cullinane (SF, labour) asked for a debate on child poverty in the new year (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 1st December 2011, 1069).  Between 2001 and 2010, the number of people experiencing enforced inequality doubled from 11% to…

Adjournment of the Seanad

On the adjournment of the Seanad, Martin Conway (FG, admin) appealed for more funding for energy efficient renovation works on local authority homes (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 8th December 2011, 269-270).  Responding for the government, the Minister of State at the…

Taoiseach on the homeless

Gerry Adams (SF, Louth) drew attention to the ‘grim reality’ of homelessness in Dublin (Dail Eireann, Debates, 14th December 2011, 6-7).  Night after night, from summer time to the freeze of winter, people were forced to sleep rough and there…

Funding People with Disabilities Ireland, National Women’s Council

Call to review disability sector There were further echoes to the end of government funding for People with Disabilities Ireland (PwDI), covered in earlier bulletins.  In the Seanad, Martin Conway (FG, Galway E), reiterated that what was needed was an…

Review of Community Employment

Tommy Broughan (ind, Dublin NE) raised the future of Community Employment (CE) and the 66% cut in the budget for training and materials (Dail Eireann, Debates, 14th December 2011, 81-4).  People on CE were terrified, he said, that their schemes…

Waiting lists for civil legal aid

Michelle Mulherin (FG, Mayo) raised the issue of the lengthening waiting lists for civil legal aid, the numbers rising from 1,681 people in January 2009 to 4,500 this September (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th December 2011, 360-2).  74% of these cases,…

> Other debates:

>  Future of rural areas: Dail Eireann, Debates, 13th December 2011, 554 – 576; 14th December, 2011, 112-132.

2 News: Progress on new children’s agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs reported to the Dail on her progress in establishing the new children’s agency  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th December 2011, 401-3, 407-8).  The task force to advise the department had now met eight times…

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