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At a briefing to Oireachtas Members the Community and Voluntary Pillar (CVP) called on the Government to make decisions that are fair and just, that protect the vulnerable and ensure that the cost of Ireland’s restructuring is fairly spread.  Social Justice Ireland is a member of the Community and Voluntary Pillar.

Ireland: 2012 Article IV and Seventh Review Under the Extended Arrangement—Staff 
Report; Informational Annex, Staff Supplement; and Public Information Notice 
The following documents have been released and are included in this package: 
 The staff report for the 2012 Article IV consultation, prepared by a staff team of the IMF, 
following discussions that ended on July 18, 2012, with the officials of Ireland on economic 

The European Commission Summer 2012 review of the Economic Adjustment Programme in Ireland

A report by Eurofound examining' NEETS' in Europe.  NEETS are young people aged 15 – 29 who are not in education, employment or training.

The CSO published the ‘Household Budget Survey 2009-2010’ which gives an interesting snapshot into  changes in household expenditure.

Points of note from Household Budget Survey 2009-2010

  • Proportion of total household expenditure on Food dropped by almost 2% between 2004-2005 and 2009-2010.
  • Proportion of total household expenditure on Housing increased by 6% in the same period.
  • Average weekly expenditure on Fuel and Light is 15.3% higher than it was five years ago.

Measuring Ireland’s Progress 2011 report provides details on (i) how Ireland is faring on a variety of issues in comparison with the EU in areas such as employment, housing and health.

CSO Quarterly National Households Survey Quarter 2 2012 and the Quarterly National Accounts Q2 2012.

A new report just published by the Department of Social Protection Social Inclusion Division has found that 450,000 people in Ireland (10% of the population) were in food poverty in 2010.

The publication of two studies on achieving quality in the school system in Ireland by NESC is welcomed by Social Justice Ireland.

The CSO has just published the latest profile of the Census 2011 results “Profile 8 Our bill of Health – Health, Disability and Carers in Ireland”.  The publication presents a profile of the health of the Irish population, focusing in detail on disability and carers who provide unpaid assistance.  Social Justice Ireland welcomes this report and the evidence and analysis that it provides.  This evidence and analysis should be used to inform and underpin public policy in the areas of health, disability and carers.