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High level committee on integration strategy inaugural

The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Caoimhghin O Caolain SF, Cavan Monaghan) that the government had decided to begin a review of the current integration strategy.  A high level committee had been established under the Department…

1 Debates: charity salaries, top-ups and poverty

Discussions on charity salaries, top-ups and the regulation of charities became prominent as the controversy over the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) reached a climax and also became connected to discussion on government policies against poverty, so they are taken here…

Child & Family Agency passes Seanad 2nd stage

The Seanad approved Child and Family Agency Bill (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 27th November 2013, 855-880).  Introducing the Bill, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, spoke of the early intervention programme to which  Atlantic Philanthropies had made a…

Cabinet subcommittee on social policy: Taoiseach defends record

The Taoiseach informed both Micheal Martin (FF, Cork SC) and Joe Higgins (SP, Dublin W) of the frequency of the meetings of the cabinet subcommittee on social policy (Dail Eireann, 7th November 2013, 39-51) (under the constitutional amendment for confidentiality,…

1 Debates: 1% campaign

The Seanad debated the 1% Difference National Giving Campaign on a motion introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Seanad Eireann, 22nd October 2013, 21-39).  The minister spoke of a dynamic civil society as a pillar…

1 Debates Fuel poverty and austerity

Senators raised the issue of fuel poverty, starting with Aideen Hayden (Lab, Taoiseach nominee) who drew attention to the annual report of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (Seanad Eireann, 3rd October 2013, 480).  The average annual energy cost…

1 Debates Child and Family Agency Bill, 2013

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, introduced the Child and Family Agency Bill, 2013, which builds on the work of the Family Support Agency and transfers thereto the child protection services of the Health Service Executive (HSE)…

Direct provision

The conditions of asylum-seekers in direct provision were raised by Trevor O Clochartaigh (SF, agricultural) in an adjournment debate in the Seanad on 19th July (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 19th July 2013, 556-559).  Responding for the government, the Minister for the…

Cross-departmental group on migrant integration: 3 meetings since 2008

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, informed David Stanton (FG, Cork E)  that the cross departmental group on migrant integration, established in 2008, had now met three times (Dail Eireann, Debates, 2nd July 2013, 463).  It comprised representatives…

Social clauses in public procurement: pilot announced

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin was asked by John Lyons (Lab, Dublin NW) would he include social clauses in the €150m capital spending for 2013 and 2014 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th June 2013, 847-8).  The minister…

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