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.



North County Meath, Ireland: Case study on social inclusion in a rural area

This chapter examines north County Meath as a case study on social inclusion in rural areas in Ireland. North County Meath is characterised by a relatively high age dependency ratio, a high number of one-person households, and a predominantly Irish population. This chapter begins by providing an overview of the social and economic context for the area. Following a discussion of the current policy framework in place to improve social inclusion, it identifies a number of overarching issues that impede efforts to improve social inclusion.


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