Issue 65

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Oireachtas Brief 65 February 2014

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) Ireland, supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and edited by Brian Harvey.   The service is sent from, where you may search old bulletins by date of issue, topic and speaker.  


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Future of Oireachtas Brief service


1 Debates: Charities, top-ups and regulator

Homeless crisis

Other debates


2 News: LEADER and local development

Budget of Child & Family Agency

Other news


3 Appointments: Oireachtas committees



Funding consortium sought for Oireachtas Brief service

The Oireachtas Brief website and service have been made possible through a joint agreement between The Wheel and EAPN Ireland and have been in operation since May 2010, when it replaced the previous Dailbrief email 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. 

Unfortunately, due to various funding cuts, The Wheel and EAPN Ireland are no longer in a position to cover 100% of the costs for the provision of Oireachtas Brief.  As a result, the two organizations are interested in speaking to any number of individuals or organisations which might be willing to form a ‘funding-consortium’ to co-fund Oireachtas Brief to continue into 2014, and beyond. The Wheel is in a position carry 25% of the costs and the shortfall per year is therefore projected to be in the order of €6,000.

The two organizations are now actively looking for six individuals or organisations to commit to paying €1,000 each per annum, ideally for three years, but certainly for 2014, so that this valuable service for social policy analysts and activists can continue. Organizations which believe they can make this contribution in order for the wider value to be appreciated by all 1,020+ subscribers to Oireachtas Brief should contact Deirdre Garvey ( or Robin Hanan ( to discuss further.