Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (215)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Question:

215. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the Women’s Caucus period poverty motion passed by Dáil Éireann recently. [53142/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

A sub-committee, under the National Strategy for Women and Girls (NWSG) Committee, on period poverty has been established and is chaired by a Department of Health official.  My Department is participating on the sub-committee.

The  work of the sub-committee involves the examination of available evidence to establish the prevalence of period poverty in Ireland, the populations at risk of experiencing such poverty and the identification of measures to address period poverty.  

Three meetings of the sub-committee have taken place since September, each of which was attended by my Department.  I understand the sub-committee currently plans to complete its work by Quarter 2, 2020 and to report to the NSWG Committee, chaired by Minister of State Stanton, with its findings and recommendations.