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Oireachtas Brief §7  August 2010 (1)

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)…

Prescription charges

The government decision to introduce a 50c charge for a prescription item was sharply criticized in the Dail and Seanad.  The charge was the main provision in the Health (amendment) §2 Bill, 2010.  The maximum to be paid monthly by…

Referendum on children

The Taoiseach was questioned as to the reasons for the delay in holding a referendum that would protect the rights of children (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th June 2010, 11- 16; 29th June, 775-6).  He told the Dail that the senior…

The begging problem

The levels of begging were raised during the debate in the Criminal justice (public order) Bill (Dail Eireann, Debates, 10th June 2010, 35-45).  Deirdre Clune (FG, Cork SC) spoke of how many people who were homeless found themselves begging for…

Active citizenship

Asked about the government’s progress on its policy for active citizenship, the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey told the Dail that the steering committee had initiated an audit of community, sports and arts facilities. 32 of…

European targets against poverty

Returning to an issue in Oireachtas Brief 5, the Taoiseach reported on the summer European Council meeting on the outcome in setting targets for the reduction of poverty (Dail Eireann, Debates, 7th July 2010, 44-5).  The Council had signed off…

Fuel poverty

Olwyn Enright (FG, Laois Offaly) again raised the issue of fuel poverty arising from the introduction of carbon taxation on 1st May (Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th June 2010, 751-3) and the Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv explained to…

> Other debates

> Innovation and job creation: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 22nd June 2010, 481-508 > State of the health services: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 16th June 2010, 302-325 > Carers and carer services: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 13th July 2010, 418-435; carer’s allowance: Dail…

Other news items

> Status of urban regeneration projects: Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th July 2010, 495-6 > Funding for organizations participating in social partnership: Department of Foreign Affairs: Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th July 2010, 675-9 Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs: Dail Eireann, Debates,…

2       Legislation and appointments

The following legislation was passed before the summer break: the Criminal justice (psychoactive substances) Bill, 2010 (head shops); the Civil partnership and certain rights and obligations of cohabitants Bill, 2009; and the Health (amendment) Bill, 2010 (enabling the health services…