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Oireachtas Brief 56 October 2013

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)…

1 Debates: Cuts and austerity in disability and other services

Cuts in health and social services were raised by deputies and senators as soon as the Dail and Seanad returned in September.  On the order of business in the Seanad, Darragh O’Brien (FF, labour) questioned cuts in services in St…

Housing and homelessness crisis

Housing need was raised on several occasions.  In the Seanad, Aideen Hayden (Lab, Taoiseach nominee) described the release of only 397 NAMA homes for social housing as ‘derisory’ (Seanad Eireann, 18th September 2013, 7).  She compared it to the 10,000…

> Other debates

> Sending of mentally ill people to prison: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 18th September 2013, 13. > Convention on People with Disabilities: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 18th September 2013, 17; Dail Eireann, 25th September 2013, 741-2; and Mental Capacity Bill, Dail Eireann,…

2 News: Charities Authority in 2014

The Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter, told Bernard Durkan (FG, Kildare N) that following the recent consultation with the charities sector, the government had in July approved his plans to proceed with the establishment of an independent Charities…

End of Charitable Lotteries Fund

The Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter, told Michael Healy-Rae (ind, Kerry S), that  the government had decided to terminate the Charitable Lotteries Fund, due to the urgent need to make savings (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th September 2013, 675). …

Equality proofing 2014 budget

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, informed Patrick Nulty (ind, Dublin W) of the arrangements to equality-proof the 2014 budget (Dail Eireann, Debates, 24th September 2013, 410).  A distributional analysis was being performed, based on the various income levels and…

Advisory group on tax and social welfare

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told Joe Carey (FG, Clare) that the advisory group on tax and social welfare was currently progressing its final module on working income supports and the interaction of tax and social welfare systems…

Free travel under review

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told the Dail that an interdepartmental working group was examining the free travel scheme for older people: it was at an advanced stage and she expected a report by the end of the…

Peace IV funding

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, told Brendan Smith (FF, Cavan Monaghan) that the operational programme for Peace IV funding was now being drafted (Dail Eireann, Debates, 26th September 2013, 949).   A consultation on the programme…

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