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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 2014 for Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection

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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 22 October 2014 at 1.00 p.m. in Committee Room 3 LH 2000


Topic under discussion will be  -

 The role of Primary School Boards of Management and their relationship with the Department of Education and Skills [Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, Church of Ireland Board of Education, INTO, Department of Education and Skills]

News from the Committee

14 October 14
Social Protection Committee to consider Pathways to Work 2015

8 October 14
Education Committee to meet key stakeholders on new model for Special Needs Education

30 September 14
Social Protection Committee to meet key stakeholders on Budget 2015


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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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