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Weaving Together Policies for Social Inclusion in Ireland

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Ireland has made considerable progress in rebounding from the crisis, but, like other OECD countries, continues to grapple with how to address lingering socio-economic impacts and ensure inclusive growth growing forward. Multi-faceted interventions, targeting disadvantaged populations and the places they live, can lead to more effective and inclusive policies. Ignoring the relationship between people and place will, in contrast, lead to further entrenched disadvantage. This report looks at some of the ways in which Ireland can build on an already comprehensive series of reforms to better weave together current policies and practices.

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Executive summary

While Ireland has made considerable progress in rebounding from the 2008 economic crash, making growth more inclusive remains a key challenge going forward. Within the context of strong recent GDP growth and falling unemployment, long-term unemployment and the rate of jobless households remain high. To help understand how the fruits of the economic recovery can be shared more broadly and how the enduring legacies of the crisis can be resolved, this report examines how social and economic disadvantage is being addressed. In addition to examining the national socio-economic context and policy framework, two case study areas – one urban and one rural – are examined in detail. While these case studies provide insights into the specific local context in each chosen area, more broadly, they help to paint a picture of drivers and responses to disadvantage at the local level across Ireland.

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