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Oireachtas Brief §27 January 2012 (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)…

Protecting Community Employment

Cutbacks to Community Employment (CE) were raised several times in both houses (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 12th January 2012, 639-642; Dail Eireann, Debates, 17th January 2012, 808-810; 972-3; 18th January, 68-70).  In the Seanad, David Cullinane (SF, labour) spoke of how…

Funding services for Irish emigrants in new destinations

Niall Collins (FF, Limerick) raised the issue of €1.3m cuts in services provided by voluntary organizations for Irish emigrants abroad (Dail Eireann, Debates, 17th January 2012, 771-2).  The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, said he did not expect frontline…

Fuel poverty: government Bill amended

On the fourth, report stage of the Energy (miscellaneous provisions) Bill, 2012, the government introduced an amendment to the energy efficiency fund to include a specific remit of alleviating energy poverty (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th January 2012, 15-17).  Earlier, Martin…

Ballymun regeneration: appeal to finish the last 10%

John Lyons (Lab, Dublin NW) appealed, in the course of a topical debate, for the final 10% of the budget to be paid for the cost of the regeneration of Ballymun (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th January 2012, PDF page references…

Distressed mortgages: avoiding homelessness

Dessie Ellis (SF, Dublin NW) raised the issue of distressed mortgages (Dail Eireann, Debates, 19th January 2012, 266-8).  According to him, there were now about 100,000 distressed mortgages, with over €1bn arrears owed, the average being between about €17,000 and…

> Other debates

> Suicide prevention: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 12th January 2012, 612-639; 18th January 735-747 > Rural transport: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 18th January 2012, 706-735 > Special educational needs: Dail Eireann, Debates, 11th January 2012, 71-95; 12th January (PDF page references not…

23% VAT on charitable donations by text

Eamon O Cuiv (FF, Galway W) raised the issue of telecommunications companies charging 23% VAT on charitable text message donations, even though they were VAT-exempt (Dail Eireann, Debates, 11th January 2012, 123-4).  The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, told him…

Poverty-proofing bus fare increases

When asked by Clare Daly (SP, Dublin N) whether a poverty impact assessment had been made on the recent Dublin bus far increases, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar told her that this was a matter for…

> Other news references

> List of Department of Children and Youth Affairs lottery funding transferred from the Department of Health (19 projects of €166,500 and four projects of €333,500 carried over): Dail Eireann, Debates, 11th January 2012, 443-4.