Climate Change and Behaviour: Future Directions for Irish Public Policy


Tackling Climate Change for a Sustainable Future

Thursday 12th April 2018, Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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Prof John Fitzgerald – Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council

Dr Vivienne Byers - Senior Lecturer of Health Policy & Management, DIT. 

Dr. Alan Gilmer - Lecturer, Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute, DIT.

Ireland is one of the few EU countries that has failed to meet its commitment to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020. The Climate Change Advisory Council, under the Chairmanship of Prof John Fitzgerald, reported to the Citizens’ Assembly in November 2017 and advised that Ireland needs to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the 2030 targets. The Advisory Council made a number of recommendations in order to achieve these targets, which will be presented at this seminar. 

Behavioural change is key to achieving Ireland’s climate change targets. The role of public and social policy in initiating these changes however, remains unclear. The seminar will examine the rapidly growing body of research on sustainable consumption behaviour to inform a discussion on the approaches available to Government to implement the Advisory Council recommendations.

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Neo-liberalism & the New Welfare State


UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice


The Irish Social Policy Association and

Dept. of Employment Affairs and Social Protection


Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research University of Kent, UK

‘Neo-liberalism and the New Welfare State: UK popular attitudes in comparative context’


Discussant: Dr Rory O’Donnell, Director, National Economic & Social Council

Chair: Terry Corcoran, Principal Officer, Dept. Employment Affairs & Social Protection

Thursday April 26th 2018, Oak Room, Mansion House

Peter Taylor-Gooby’s main interests are in current developments in the welfare state: the cuts and welfare state restructuring, the social divisions associated with inequality and the struggles over multiculturalism. In addition to having published

23 books, 120 articles and 95 chapters he has held a number of key positions including Chair of the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programme (2010/2011). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Founding Academician at the Academy of Social Sciences. On the policy side, he participated in the Prime Minister’s No 10 ‘progressive consensus’ Round Table and advised the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit between 2009 and 2010.                                                        DEASP


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Making Work Pay for People with Disabilities

Making Work Pay for People with Disabilities


Presented by the Irish Disability Studies Association (IDSA) and Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA)

Thursday 23rd November 2017, at the Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street

Speakers: Frances Ruane and Eithne Fitzgerald

Click on the names of the speakers to access their presentations

Frances Ruane: Chair of the interdepartmental expert group responsible for the report) and Research Affiliate at the ESRI. Frances previously served as Director of the ESRI.

Eithne Fitzgerald: Formerly Head of Policy and Research at the National Disability Authority, was one of three independent experts who contributed to the production of the report.

The event was hosted by the Irish Social Policy Association and the Irish Disability Studies Association. Both Frances and Eithne made presentations, which can be accessed by clicking on their names, above, and there were questions and debate from the floor.

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A Statutory Homecare Scheme for Ireland

Exploring the establishment of a statutory homecare scheme in Ireland

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Presented by the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) and Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA)

When: Friday, 26th May 2017, from 9.00 am

Where: Education Centre, Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6W


Click here to see the full programme

The Irish Gerontological Society, in collaboration with the Irish Social Policy Association, was delighted to present an interdisciplinary symposium on reform in the provision of homecare in Ireland; specifically the development of an Irish statutory homecare scheme.

Key experts discussed aspects of such a statutory homecare scheme from a number of perspectives including clinical, economic and policy. This multi-dimensional exploration of the future of homecare in Ireland will situated attendees firmly in the policy making process, offering a unique opportunity to make an informed input during the consultative process of the scheme.

Speakers included: Brendan Courtney (RTE presenter), Elaine O Connor (Connolly Hospital & Irish Gerontological Society), Justin Moran (Age Action), Virginia Pye (Public Health Nursing, HSE), Maeve O'Brien (Department of Health), Dr. Rachel Kiersey (Health Research Board), Dr Catriona Murphy (Dublin City University/TILDA), Prof. Desmond O’Neill (Consultant Geriatrician, Tallaght Hospital), Padraic Fleming (SPHeRE/NUI Maynooth), Prof Eamon O'Shea (Irish Centre for Social Gerontology), Dr Siobhan Kennelly (National Clinical Care Programme for Older People) and Michael Fitzgerald (HSE Services for Older People)

IGS symposium

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Funding Higher Education

Funding Higher Education: Why and How

 Sponsored by:UCD School SPSWSJ

Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Speaker: Peter Cassells (Maynooth University)

Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education 



The seminar, which was hosted in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, consisted of a presentation from Peter Cassells with questions and discussion afterwards. 

Speaker biography

Peter Cassells is Executive Director at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. He also chaired the recent Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education.


Investing in National Ambition – A Strategy for Funding Higher Educationthe report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education was published in March 2016. This presentation, based on the report and its findings, sets out the scale of long-term funding requirements for the higher education system. It identifies three funding options which can deliver the increased investment for institutions and students. They each have relative strengths and weaknesses but each one, depending on your perspective, is a credible and feasible option provided that it is implemented fully and in a committed and coherent manner. The choice between them will require careful consideration. The full report is available here:

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