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Policy issues concerning Civil Society

The 17 Social Partner groups in the Community and Voluntary Pillar of social partnership have jointly expressed serious concerns about the lack of protection for the vulnerable in our society, in Government plans for national recovery.

A large empirical literature is emerging on the determinants of happiness and mental 
well-being. As would be expected, this topic has attracted attention from medical 
statisticians, psychologists, economists, and other investigators (including recently 
Easterlin 2003, Blanchflower and Oswald 2004, Helliwell and Putnam 2004, Lucas et 
al 2004, Layard 2005, Smith et al 2005, Ubel et al 2005, Gilbert 2006, and Kahneman 
et al 2006). However, a fundamental research question remains poorly understood. 
The following article appeared in the Rite & Reason section of the op-ed 
page of the Irish Times on October 16th, 2006. It is based on the opening 
chapter of the second edition of Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice 
and Problems. That chapter, by Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds, is entitled: 
Progress and Public Policy: The Need for a New Paradigm. The book is 
edited by Sean Heály, Brigid Reynolds and Micheál Collins and is published 

2004, February 9: Community and Voluntary Pillar of Social Partners makes breakthrough on Rent Supplement issue

The Community and Voluntary Pillar of Social Partners has made significant progress at a meeting with the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Coughlan TD on the issue of Rent Supplement.

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