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Oireachtas Brief §26 December 2011 (2)

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)…

11,000 food parcels: deputies, senators highlight poverty impact

The 2012 budget was presented to and approved by the Dail on 6th December (Dail Eireann, Debates, 6th December 2011, 854-957; 7th December, 19-110; 8th December, 250-323; 9th December 2011, 393-460).  Maureen O’Sullivan (ind, Dublin C) told the Dail that…

Fuel cut ‘crude and cruel’

Barry Cowen (FF, Laois – Offaly) described the cut in the fuel allowance as ‘crude and cruel’.  Although the government had promised to publish a strategy on fuel poverty, all we had was a reduction in the weeks of the…

Community Employment projects a lifeline

Community Employment (CE) schemes, she continued, faced a 66% cut in operating budgets.  Those participating in CE were early school leavers, persons caught up in addiction or the homeless, who had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills, a…

Equal societies did better

Thomas Pringle (ind, Donegal SW) drew attention to the way in which the minister had tried to ‘shorten winter’ by cutting six weeks for the fuel allowance.  Each year, almost 2,000 older people died from winter-related illness and 70% came…

VAT increase regressive

The budget was also discussed in the Seanad (Seanad Eireann, Debates,  6th December 2011, 44-73; 13th December, 328 – 365; 15th December 2011, 441-498).  Katharine Zappone (ind, Taoiseach nominee), questioned the balance between tax increases and spending cuts and whether…

A critical reform – Joan Burton

Responding to the debate, the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, spoke of how Frank Cluskey had introduced the unmarried mothers allowance in the 1970s, which enabled the closure of the institutions on which they had, in the absence of…

Oireachtas Brief §26, December 2011 (2)

Oireachtas Brief §26     December 2011 (2)   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…