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Oireachtas Brief §33 May 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)…

MacSharry looks for poverty debate

Mark McSharry (FF, industrial & commercial) sought a debate on poverty in Ireland in the Seanad (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 2nd May 2012, 118-119). The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice had launched an on-line calculator, based on 13 years of research,…

Literacy: minister pledges reform

Stephen Donnelly (ind, Wicklow) expressed his concerns at the fall in educational standards and literacy, as recorded in the 2010 PISA results (Dail Eireann, Debates, 24th May 2012, 697-8).  The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn, told him that…

Dormant Accounts: warning of slush fund

The Dormant Accounts Bill 2011 was approved by the Dail and referred to committee (Dail Eireann, Debates, 3rd May 2012, 231-242).  Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) warned of the dangers that the fund now become a ministerial slush fund:…

Community Employment cuts

Cutbacks in Community Employment (CE) were raised again in the Dail, this time by Sean Fleming (FF, Laois Offaly) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th May 2012, 459-461).  About 20% of the 8,200 workers in 1,288 community child care facilities were CE…

> Further debates

> Rural development, 2014-2020: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 1st May 2012, 107-107. > Problems with Domiciliary Care Allowance: Dail Eireann, Debates, 2nd May 2012, 65-8; Domiciliary Care Allowance and Jack and Jill Foundation: Seanad Eireann, Debates,3rd May 2012, 220-end; motion on…

Activation, child and family supports reviews completed

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told Brian Stanley (SF, Laois Offaly) that an advanced draft of the review report on activation schemes was completed by the end of March (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st May 2012, 685).  It had…

Merging the Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority

The Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter told the Dail that the report of the working group on the merger of the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission had been published on 20th April and he intended to…

Strategies for women, children, early years, youth justice

The Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter, told Michael Colreavy (SF, Sligo – N Leitrim) that the first draft of the internal review of the National Women’s Strategy, 2007-2016, would be presented to its monitoring committee at a meeting…

The new Child and Family Support Agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, gave details of the new Child and Family Support Agency to Micheal Martin (FF, Cork SC) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2012, 325-6; 338).    Gordon Jeyes would be its first…

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