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Social Protection Committee to examine the impact of social protection payments on income distribution

The effect of social protection payments on income distribution will be examined tomorrow, Wednesday January 21st, by the Social Protection Committee.

20 January 2015

Addressing the Committee will be Professor Tim Callan and Professor Dorothy Watson representing the ESRI, Cormac Staunton from TASC, Dr Donal de Buitléir and Cormac O’Sullivan from PublicPolicy.ie, and Professor John Fitzgerald.

Committee Chair, Joanna Tuffy, TD, said: "Since the recession started, budgetary measures have been subject to scrutiny by NGOs and academics and commentators in the media as regards their impact on the distribution of incomes. There has been a considerable amount of debate in public about whether the budgets have been progressive or regressive and how the budgets have effected individuals and households from those on the lowest to the highest incomes. This meeting will hear from people who have researched and analysed the data and this will help inform the debate further"

The meeting will start in Committee Room 3, Leinster House, tomorrow, Wednesday, 21st of January 2015 at 1pm. Committee proceedings can be viewed live here.

Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the move, through the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.

 Media Enquiries:

Nuala Walsh,
Houses of the Oireachtas,
Communications Unit,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2
P: +3531 618 3427

Committee Membership:

Chair: Joanna Tuffy (Labour)


James Bannon (Fine Gael); Ray Butler (Fine Gael); Catherine Byrne (Fine Gael); Ciaran Cannon Fine Gael; Joan Collins (People Before Profit); Michael Conaghan (Labour); Clare Daly (Independent); Jim Daly (Fine Gael); Derek Keating (Fine Gael); Charlie McConalogue (Fianna Fáil); Jonathan O Brien (Sinn Fein); Willie O'Dea (Fianna Fáil); Aengus Ó Snodaigh (Sinn Féin); Brendan Ryan (Labour); Joanna Tuffy (Labour)


Jim D’Arcy (Fine Gael); Gerard P Craughwell (Independent); Marie Moloney (Labour); Mary Moran (Labour); Averil Power (Fianna Fáil); Mary-Louise O'Donnell (Independent)