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Equality priorities

Asked by Lucinda Creighton (FG, Dublin SE) about the equality priorities of his department, the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey told her that these were the review of the Equality Authority, the Equality Tribunal and the Irish Human Rights Commission; the implementation of the National Women’s Strategy; the Equality for Women Measure; engagement with the EU on equality issues; support for the Traveller community; and a review of the need for a referendum to amend article §41.2 of the constitution to broaden the reference of the role of women in the home to one which recognizes the role of the parent in the home (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st July 2010, 447-8).

On the review of the Equality Authority and other agencies, the Minister of State at the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Mary White told PJ Sheehan (FG, Cork SW) that a scoping exercise had been initiated , with tenders sought on 11th June for three background papers (Dail Eireann, Debates, 16th June 2010, 604).   The value-for-money review of the authority had been completed and its findings would be considered in the context of the review.  The cost of €36,450 to date.

Meantime, the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey told Tommy Broughan (independent, Dublin NE) that he had, since his appointment, made three postings to the Western Development Commission and there were now two vacancies on the board of the Equality Authority and five on the board of the Family Support Agency (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st July 2010, 435-6).