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Oireachtas Brief 42 November 2012

Oireachtas Brief 42    November 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…

1 Debates: Pissarides speaks on youth unemployment

Christopher Pissarides, professor of economics and political science at the London School of Economics introduced a Seanad discussion on youth unemployment on 8th November   (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 8th November 2012, 308-327).  He opened his remarks by drawing attention to…

Funding community fora, women’s council

Sen. David Cullinane (SF, labour) raised the issue of the funding of community fora, notably Waterford Community Forum (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 14th November 2012, 501-3).  220 organizations belonged to the community forum, but its budget had fallen from €25,925 in…

Seanad debates FLAC report on social welfare appeals

In the Seanad, Katherine Zappone (ind, Taoiseach nominee) moved a motion for the reform of the system of social welfare appeals  (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 7th November 2012,  260-289).  She started by citing the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) report Not…

Healy-Rae challenges alignment

Michael Healy-Rae (ind, Kerry S) raised, during topical debates, the alignment report on local government and development published by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th November 2012, 299-302).  This was the third attempt,…

Poverty impact assessments

Asked about poverty impact assessments, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, told Stephen Donnelly (ind, Wicklow) and Thomas Broughan (ind, Dublin NE) that the programme for government gave a clear commitment to require public bodies to take note of equality…

> Other debates

> Employment permits (amendment) Bill, 2012: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 28th November 2012, 90-110 > Direct provision for refugees: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 28th November 2012, 112-114. > Employment equality (amendment) §2 Bill, 2012:  Seanad Eireann, Debates, 21st November 2012, 689-711 (age…

2 News: Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA)

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, announced the establishment of a Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, chaired by Pat Spillane (Dail Eireann, Debates, 21st November 2012, 798-9).  The Commission would include 15…

Peace IV programme

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, told Gerry Adams (SF, Louth) that the Irish government would press for a new Peace programme for 2014-2020, but it would require the support of both the British government and the…

Administrative costs in disability services

The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Kathleen Lynch, replied to a question by Denis Naughten (ind, Roscommon – S Leitrim) on the cost of administration in the providers of disability services (Dail Eireann, Debates, 28th November 2012,…

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