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Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection

This Committee has a broad remit in shadowing two key Government Departments. It seeks to provide a meaningful input into legislation and policy, with a number of  goals such as:

  • Ensuring Ireland’s education system benefits all of society and is recognised internationally as a top class system
  • Ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens are protected by a strong and equitable social welfare system.
  • Supporting economic recovery and social renewal.  

The Committee also regularly engages with EU institutions to monitor and influence the political and strategic direction of the Union as a whole. View Committee's Orders of Reference and current Work Programme 2012.

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What's on this week

The next meeting of the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection

will take place on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 1.00 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000


Topic under discussion will be  -

Up-date on Estimates 2014, briefing on pre-budget issues in the Department of Social Protection, and discussion of policy issues

 Minister for Social Protection

News from the Committee

15 July 14
Education Committee to consider provision of therapy services in schools

8 July 14
Education Committee to consider apprenticeship review

24 June 14
Education Committee consider proposals to reconfigure schools with Archdiocese of Dublin

View older press releases.

This Committee was established on 12 June 2012. It assumed relevant responsibilities from the Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education.

On 5 March 2014 the Committee launched a report with a series of recommendations on Schools Admissions legislation. Members of the Committee are pictured presenting the report to Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn TD.

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