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Equality proofing

Asked by Sandra McLellan (SF,  Cork E) about integrating equality across departments, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin told the Dail  that all public bodies must take account of equality and human rights in carrying out their functions (Dail Eireann, Debates, 23rd January 2013, 504).   In departments, it was the responsibility of individual ministers to ensure equality was given appropriate consideration.  Asked about equality audits, he told Michael Colreavy (SF, Sligo – North Leitrim) that they were not part of the Expenditure Code, but the Equality Authority had the powers to carry out equality reviews (Dail Eireann, Debates, 23rd January 2013, 508).