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Oireachtas Brief § 31 – March 2012

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)…

Austerity ‘killing Europeans’

Mick Wallace (ind, Wexford) deplored the continued policy of austerity, for, he said, there was ‘a spectre haunting Europe, the spectre of mass unemployment’ (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd March 2012, 412, 421).  There were 24.3m people out of work in…

€150,000 top-ups for charity chiefs

Cuts in voluntary and community sector Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell (ind, Taoiseach nominee ) drew the attention of the Seanad to a report in the Irish Independent Probe into top ups for €150,000 charity chiefs  (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 7th March 2012,…

Delays in social welfare appeals

Delays in social welfare appeals were the subject of a topical debate issue raised by Anne Phelan (Lab, Carlow Kilkenny) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 28th March 2012, 68-70), who was critical of the ‘significant backlog’ that had built up.  Appeal periods…

Traveller accommodation

Dessie Ellis (SF, Dublin NW) raised, as a topical issue debate, the accommodation situation of Travellers in Finglas in Avila Park, Finglas and Dunsink Lane ((Dail Eireann, Debates, 27th March 2012, 645-7).  Travellers had been living in caravans for two…

Social workers for child protection

The Dail returned to the issue of the appointment of social workers for child protection, especially in the light of 45 retirements at the end of February (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd March 2012, 471-3; 484-5).  The Minister for Children and…

Human Rights Commission, Equality Authority

Ivanna Bacik (Lab, Dublin University) demanded a debate on the proposed merger of the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 21st March 2011, 349).  Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were apprehensive about the way it was being…

Seanad debate on housing policy

The Seanad held a debate on housing policy, in the course of which senators raised government policy and performance in the area of homelessness (Dail Eireann, Debates, 28th March 2012, 598-622).  Introducing the discussion, the Minister of State at the…

> Further debates

> Action plan for jobs: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 6th March 2012, 20-42 > Early intervention and family support services: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 7th March 2012, 65-88 > Services for people with rare diseases: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 7th March 2012, 88-106…

Round-up of reports due from government

The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Kathleen Lynch, told Brian Walsh (FG, Galway W) that the Value for Money and Policy review (VFMPR) on disability services was well advanced and, if accepted by government, would be published…

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