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   Research conference 

Poverty and Quality of Life – National and International Perspectives 

16th November, 2016 

ESRI, Dublin 

This conference will feature the publication of a new report on Social Risk and Social Class Patterns in Poverty and Quality of Life in Ireland. The authors are Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître and Helen Russell (of the ESRI and TCD) and Christopher T. Whelan (of UCD & the Geary Institute of Public Policy).​

The report draws on the CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2004 to 2013 to examine trends in poverty and deprivation over this ten-year period. Different patterns are identified for the social risk groups and social classes examined. These include lone parents, people with a disability and children among others. The study also examines the quality of life (QoL) problems facing these groups in 2013.

The conference will feature an international keynote speaker, Claire Wallace, Chair of Sociology, School of Social Science & Director, New Research Centre, University of Aberdeen. Claire will discuss research on quality of life in an international and community context.

A panel of discussants will consider the research findings and their implications for policy. The conference will include inputs from national stakeholders. Delegates will be encouraged to exchange views during the plenary discussion.  

See brochure​ for more information and use this online booking form​​​ to register. 


Regular Events​
Social Inclusion Forum

The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) was established by Government as part of the structures to monitor and evaluate Ireland’s National Action Plan for Social Inclusion (NAPinclusion) 2007- 2016. The Department of Social Protection convenes the annual Conference which provides a forum for engagement between officials from Government Departments, Community and Voluntary Organisations and people experiencing poverty in relation to NAPinclusion. The Department is assisted in this work by the Community Work Ireland and the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland (EAPN). The theme of the 2016 SIF is Growing an Inclusive Recovery. See here for more information.

Young Social Innovators Event & Showcase

The Department provides financial support to fund part of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) programme sponsoring the school poverty challenge ‘Making Our Country More Inclusive & Poverty Free’ Through its Social Innovation Programmes, YSI actively engages over 6,500 teenage participants (aged 15-18 years) from all of Ireland undertaking hundreds of projects each year. These projects are showcased at an annual event in May. The 2016 winners of the Making Our World More Inclusive & Poverty Free Award were Errigal College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal for their project called: An Errigal welcome. See the YSI website for more information.


United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

The 17th  October has, since 1992, been recognised by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN Day). The Department supports the promotion of UN Day through grants to organisations and community groups under its Public Awareness Funding Initiative Scheme. The purpose of this funding is  to support anti-poverty groups to organise local, regional or national activities to promote awareness of UN Day.   

The Departments generally publishes an open call for applications for grants in June each year. Enquire by email to

For more information on the UN Day October 17 events in Ireland see here, or on international activities see the UN website.


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