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The Social Inclusion Division was established on 1 July 2009 when the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office for Social Inclusion were integrated within the Department of Social and Family Affairs. The Division became part of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs on 1 May 2010.

The 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 and Towards 2016
  • To promote the incorporation of anti-poverty and social inclusion objectives in public policy development and promote the implementation of poverty impact assessment
  • To analyse the impact and effectiveness of public policy on poverty and social exclusion
  • To 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
  • To 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
  • To 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
  • To 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 our recruitment and selection policy lies solely with the Public Appointment Service www.publicjobs.ieLimk opens new window

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 contact www.pobail.ieLink opens new window


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Department of Social Protection, Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
An Roinn Coimirce Sóisialaí, Teach Gandon, Sráid Amiens, Baile Átha Cliath 1, Éire.


Tel: + 353 1 7043245 Fax: + 353 1 7043945

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