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National policy on volunteering, European year

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told Catherine Murphy (ind, Kildare N) that the Irish national steering group for the European year of volunteering was working with the national coordinating body for the year, Volunteering Ireland, to bring forward the development of a national policy on volunteering in line with initiatives taken in the area by the European Commission  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 31st May 2011, 805).   Later, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (SF, Cavan – Monaghan) that the steering group for the European year had met six times in the past year and most recently on 3rd May.  The President had attended the opening ceremony for the year on 12th February at Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, with 20 volunteer organizations and over 300 guests.  The European year website was the hub of Ireland’s activity for the year and was updated daily, with online marketing tools such as branded headers, logos and buttons.   The European year had a roadshow which travelled to the capitals of each member state and would come to Ireland from 22-26 August and a working group was meeting to determine its themes, content and promotion.  There would be a national conference in November 2011.