Challenges and opportunities for social protection policy in post-recession Ireland


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UCD Employment Affairs and Social Protection Policy Workshop – 08-12 September 2014

University College Dublin hosted a Social Protection Policy Workshop on ‘Challenges and opportunities for social protection policy in post-recession Ireland’ in September 2014. The workshop was held to explore in an academic setting, the policy challenges confronting the social protection system in the aftermath of the economic recession, taking into account global and EU developments and national demographic, fiscal and social issues. The event was opened by Niamh O'Donoghue, the Secretary General of the Department. The Tánaiste and Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, gave a presentation on the theme of unemployment protection and activation. The Minister of State with special responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support, Kevin Humphreys TD, also attended the discussion.

Keynote lecturers presented emerging research on how households are impacted by and respond to welfare policies. Presentations included those by John McHale (Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council), Tom Healy (Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute), Ita Mangan (Chair of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare) and Brian Nolan (Professor of Social Policy, Oxford University).

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