Child Health Outcomes & Free GP Care: Evidence and Relevance

Tuesday, 27th May 2014. Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

The seminar consisted of presentations from Professor Richard Layte (ESRI) and Dr. Sara Burke (Journalist and Policy Analyst), followed by questions and debate.

Presentation Abstract

The seminar included two presentations followed, by a questions and answers session. The first from Professor Richard Layte (ESRI) presented evidence on child health outcomes in Ireland drawing on the finding of two recent research papers entitled Socioeconomic Inequalities in Child Health in Ireland' and Income-Related Inequity in the Use of GP Services: A Comparison of Ireland and Scotland. The slides from his presentation are available here.The second presentation, from Sara Burke (journalist, broadcaster & policy analyst), reviewed the current policy proposals for free GP care for under-6s and examine the context and challenges associated with its adoption. The slides from her presentation are available here.


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Balancing autonomy with protection for vulnerable adults

Tuesday, 12th November 2013Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 

Do we expose vulnerable adults to unnecessary risk? Or do we wrap them in cotton wool so they have no freedom to make their own decisions and their own mistakes?

Is 'best interests' a paternalistic concept - or a necessary safeguard against exploitation, financial or sexual abuse?

As the Dáil prepares to debate the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill which deals with these issues, the Irish Social Policy Association will be holding a lively symposium to tease out the issues around striking the right balance between autonomy, managing risks and safeguards. We look forward to an energetic discussion about how key principles work when we reach grey areas or challenging situations.

The evening featured presentations from Patricia Rickard Clarke and Shari McDaid, and discussion was moderated by ISPA committee member Eithne Fitzgerald of the National Disability Authority.

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Child income support policy in Ireland

Tuesday, 17th April 2013. O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
The event was opened by Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, and featured Professor Tony Fahey (School of Applied Social Science, UCD), Camille Loftus (Research and Policy Analyst), Ita Mangan (Chairperson, Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare), and Professor Gerry Whyte (School of Law, Trinity College Dublin).
The original flyer advertising the event is available here. 

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A Minimum Income Standard for Ireland

Tuesday, 20th November 2012. Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

The seminar consisted of a presentation from Dr. Micheál Collins (Trinity College), Dr. Bernadette MacMhaon (Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice) and Grainne Weld (also of the VPSJ), followed by questions and debate. The slides from the presentation are available here.

The seminar drew on the research of the Vincentian Partnership published by Trinity College’s Policy Institute (A Minimum Income Standard for Ireland) and offered a detailed analysis of the income families of different types require to meet basic needs. The research offers a unique perspective on the implications of budgetary decisions for families – especially low-income families in Ireland today.


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