Issue 3 - May 2010

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Closure of Oireachtas Brief service

As you know, Oireachtas Brief is an online information service for social justice NGOs and voluntary sector activists interested in discussion of social justice in the Oireachtas and over 1,000 are currently subscribed.  The Wheel and EAPN Ireland have managed this service for the last four years because we believe that it is vital for democracy and the effectiveness of advocacy by the community and voluntary sector that users receive clear and relevant information on debates and decisions in the Oireachtas.


In recent editions, we have advised you of the funding challenges that EAPN Ireland and The Wheel are experiencing with regard to the continuation of the Oireachtas Brief service.  In summary, since Mary 2010 to date, the Oireachtas Brief website and e-newsletter have been made possible through a joint agreement between The Wheel and EAPN Ireland, when it replaced the previous Dailbrief e-mail newsletter.  For the first two years, Oireachtas Brief was funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and since March 2012, all of the funding has been provided by The Wheel and EAPN Ireland. Unfortunately, due to funding cuts to ongoing both our organizations, we are no longer in a position to continue to cover 100% of these costs, which amount to €8,000 per annum. 


The Wheel is in a position carry 25% of the costs and the shortfall per year is projected to be in the order of €6,000. Over the last three months we have approached organizations in the sector with a view to potentially covering this shortfall through the creation of a coalition of funding partners who might oversee the service’s continuation. We also advertised the funding opportunity in recent editions of the Oireachtas Brief email newsletter and on the website. 


Unfortunately, it was not possible to secure the level of funding required to continue the service and as a result, we have had to regretfully decide to close the service. There will be one further edition of OB email newsletter to cover the developments in the Oireachtas up to the Easter recess, however it will then cease. 


Naturally, should funding at the level required be offered in the meantime we will review that decision, but we wanted to communicate to our loyal subscribers where the situation is currently at. We are very sorry that it has not been possible to continue the service and regret its passing.  


Yours sincerely,


Deirdre Garvey, CEO, the Wheel,

Robin Hanan, Director EAPN Ireland,