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Oireachtas Brief §37 July 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)…

Poverty: warning as budget 2013 nears

Several members of the Oireachtas called for a discussion on poverty.  In the Seanad, David Cullinane (SF, labour) told of how, according to the Irish League of Credit Unions, 1.82m people were now left with less than €100 per month…

Poverty Impact Assessments

Stephen Donnelly (ind, Wicklow) asked a number of ministers about how the system of Poverty Impact Assessments (PIA) applied to legislation.  Ministers explained that PIAs were integrated into the system of Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) which had been required since…

Disability services crisis

In the Seanad, Mary Ann O’Brien (ind, Taoiseach nominee) raised the need for day services for school leavers with disabilities (Seanad Eireann, Debates,11th July 2012, 736-7).  She quoted the case of a disabled child whose parents were told that there…

Reviews of domiciliary care allowance, disability services

The Dail was informed that the review of the domiciliary care allowance, announced by the government in May, was due to begin in early July (Dail Eireann, Debates, 28th June 2012, 594-5).  The working group would include the departments of…

Community Employment review

The outcome of the review of Community Employment (CE) schemes was raised by Barry Cowen (FF, Laois Offaly) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 17th July 2012, 11-13).  The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told him that her department had contacted schemes…

Other debates

> Personal Insolvency Bill, 2012: Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th July 2012, 629-666; 11th July, 435-6 and 461-7; 12th July, 591-642; 18th July, 626-657, 676-694; and related Dail Eireann, Debates, 19th July 2012, 1330-1. > Dormant accounts (amendment) Bill, 2012: Dail…

Traveller health, housing

The Minister for Health, James Reilly told Finian McGrath (ind, Dublin NC) that the money spent on Traveller health units in 2011 was €10,456,230 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 11th July 2012, 567).  Funding for Traveller health had been reduced in recent…

National Advocacy Service

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, outlined the progress of the National Advocacy Service (NAS) for people with disabilities (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th July 2012, 747).  This was allocated a budget of €3.2m in 2012 and is now managed…

> Other news references

> Work, activities & staffing of National Educational Welfare Board: Dail Eireann, Debates, 10th July 2012, 288. > Progress on Keane report on mortgage arrears: Dail Eireann, Debates, 19th July 2012, 1005: level of arrears, 1017-8. > Literacy and numeracy…

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