Social Inclusion Division

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The Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection was formed in 2011 to implement functions of the Office for Social Inclusion and the Combat Poverty Agency.

The statutory functions of the Social Inclusion Division are to:

  • co-ordinate implementation of government strategies for social inclusion through the monitoring and reporting mechanisms provided in the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion
  • promote the incorporation of anti-poverty and social inclusion objectives in public policy development and promote the implementation of poverty impact assessment
  • analyse the impact and effectiveness of public policy on poverty and social exclusion
  • promote the development of data strategies and research to inform anti-poverty and social inclusion policies and practice and to facilitate improved monitoring of outcomes
  • monitor and report on poverty trends at national and European levels and participate in the social inclusion work of the EU, Council of Europe and OECD as appropriate
  • develop appropriate mechanisms to promote the participation of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion and those who work with them in policy development and its implementation
  • promote co-operation on social inclusion issues between Ireland and other jurisdictions, in particular, Northern Ireland.

As the Social Inclusion Division works within a Government Department, the responsibility for recruitment policy lies solely with the Public Appointments Service

The Social Inclusion Division does not operate a budget to fund or provide grants to voluntary or community groups/projects. To find out more about community and voluntary supports please visit

Last modified:29/02/2016

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