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There is no justification for reducing social welfare rates. Research produced by Social Justice Ireland shows that the take-home pay of TDs rose by €848 a WEEK since 1986 while unemployment benefit rates only rose by €135 in the same period. Government ministers’take-home pay rose by more than €1,533 a WEEK in the same period.

In a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee today, March 25, 2010, Social Justice Ireland has called on the Taoiseach and the Irish Government to ensure that the European Council adopts a target of reducing poverty by 25% in the EU by 2020 and adopts social cohesion and social inclusion as explicit objectives of the European Strategy for 2020. The Council is set to meet today and tomorrow, March 25 and 26, 2010.

When this Government took office in June 2007, few foresaw that record levels of 

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.

February 28, 2007: Submission by CORI Justice to the Department of Finance on Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and CO2 emissions

CORI Justice welcomes the decision by the Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen 
T.D., to undertake a review of the nature and structure of vehicle registration tax 
(VRT) as announced in Budget 2007. For some time CORI Justice has advocated the 

The text of the first formal review of the National Social Partnership Agreement, Towards 2016 has now been published.  This review started in February and concluded in September 2008. During that period there were dramatic changes in the economic and fiscal context in which the review was taking place.

National Action Plan for Social Inclusion (NAPinclusion) 2007-2016 - Ireland

The commitments set out in this Plan are 
ambitious and challenging. The new strategic 
framework will facilitate greater co-ordination and 
integration of structures and procedures across 
Government at national and local levels, as well as 
improved reporting and monitoring mechanisms.
 

European Commission Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2007 sent to the European Council, February 23, 2007.

For the first time Member States have submitted integrated National Reports on strategies for social 
inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care.
 

EU Commission report on Ireland - accompanying the Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2007 - February 21, 2007.

Fulll Document can be accessed below

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