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The Social Inclusion Division supports the Minister and Government in developing and implementing Government strategies for preventing, reducing and ultimately eliminating poverty and social exclusion and in promoting greater social inclusion and social cohesion in collaboration with other stakeholders, including, in particular people experiencing poverty.

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, the National Reform Programme and the National Social Report
  • 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.

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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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