Balancing autonomy with protection for vulnerable adults

Tuesday, 12th November 2013Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 

Do we expose vulnerable adults to unnecessary risk? Or do we wrap them in cotton wool so they have no freedom to make their own decisions and their own mistakes?

Is 'best interests' a paternalistic concept - or a necessary safeguard against exploitation, financial or sexual abuse?

As the Dáil prepares to debate the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill which deals with these issues, the Irish Social Policy Association will be holding a lively symposium to tease out the issues around striking the right balance between autonomy, managing risks and safeguards. We look forward to an energetic discussion about how key principles work when we reach grey areas or challenging situations.

The evening featured presentations from Patricia Rickard Clarke and Shari McDaid, and discussion was moderated by ISPA committee member Eithne Fitzgerald of the National Disability Authority.

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Child income support policy in Ireland

Tuesday, 17th April 2013. O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
The event was opened by Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, and featured Professor Tony Fahey (School of Applied Social Science, UCD), Camille Loftus (Research and Policy Analyst), Ita Mangan (Chairperson, Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare), and Professor Gerry Whyte (School of Law, Trinity College Dublin).
The original flyer advertising the event is available here. 

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A Minimum Income Standard for Ireland

Tuesday, 20th November 2012. Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

The seminar consisted of a presentation from Dr. Micheál Collins (Trinity College), Dr. Bernadette MacMhaon (Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice) and Grainne Weld (also of the VPSJ), followed by questions and debate. The slides from the presentation are available here.

The seminar drew on the research of the Vincentian Partnership published by Trinity College’s Policy Institute (A Minimum Income Standard for Ireland) and offered a detailed analysis of the income families of different types require to meet basic needs. The research offers a unique perspective on the implications of budgetary decisions for families – especially low-income families in Ireland today.


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