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The International Monetary Fund published the 8th Review and Country Report for Ireland as part of the economic adjustment programme in December 2012.

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the NESC report Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland: Disability Services which has just been published. The report reviews existing regulation and quality processes in Ireland’s disability services, drawing on interviews with a range of stakeholders.

A joint OECD and European Commission report on Health expenditure.

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the Troika's call on Government to minimise the burden of adjustment on the most vulnerable in Budget 2013.  In a statement at the conclusion of the eighth quarterly review of Ireland's Bailout, the Troika state: "The measures adopted in Budget 2013 should be durable, as growth-friendly as possible, and minimise the burden of adjustment on the most vulnerable."

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.