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Care Meeting

The Assembly met online on 16th January. This meeting focused on the following topic from the Oireachtas resolution: ''Recognise the importance of early years parental care and seek to facilitate greater work-life balance & Examine the social responsibility of care and women and men’s co-responsibility for care, especially within the family;'

The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Saturday's Proceedings

Please note that the information in the presentations and papers and its interpretation is based on the specialist expertise of the speakers who are independent of the Assembly and its Chair and Secretariat. 

Members gave feedback from breakout discussion groups

Each breakout group nominated a member to give feedback from their discussion.

A video of this feedback is available here & transcript is available here.  

Morning Session

Dr Catherine Day opened the morning session 

Her remarks can be watched here.

International Labour Organization - Decent Work in Care Economy 

Members watched a short video from the International Labour Organization on 'Decent Work in Care Economy', video can be viewed here.

Dr Ursula Barry, UCD

Dr Ursula Barry presented to the Assembly in two parts.

Dr Ursula Barry delivered her Presentation on Placing the care economy at the centre of Irish society, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Dr Ursula Barry followed up on her introductory presentation with a presentation on Placing the care economy at the centre of Irish society. Her video presentation was accompanied by a more detailed slideshow presentation.

Professor Nóirín Hayes, Trinity College Dublin 

Professor Nóirín Hayes delivered her presentation on Gender Equality: Caring for Children, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation and additional background slides.

Q & A 

Members participated in a Q & A with Dr Ursula Barry & Prof Nóirín Hayes, the video can be watched here.

The citizens then moved into their breakout groups

Teresa Heeney, Early Childhood Ireland 

Teresa Heeney delivered her presentation on the 'Pathways to Better Prospects' study, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Dr Pauline Cullen - Care - Citizens' Assembly

Dr. Pauline Cullen presented on the public submissions on care. Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation

Advocacy Panel: Care

A video of this discussion can be viewed here.

A paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their name below. 

  • Zoe Hughes - Care Alliance Ireland
  • Orla O'Connor - National Women's Council Ireland 
  • Tanya Ward - Children's Rights Ireland 
  • Moderated by Cathal Mac Coille - Journalist

Dr Meredith Raley, Disability Federation of Ireland

Dr Meredith Raley spoke on behalf of the Disability Federation of Ireland, accompanied by a summary paper.

Afternoon Session

Dr Catherine Day introduced the afternoon session

Her remarks can be viewed here. 

The citizens then moved into their breakout groups

Lived Experience

A video of this discussion can be viewed here.

A paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their name below. 

Additional information regarding Government strategies in the area of Care can be viewed here.

Citizens also received a summary paper prepared by the Secretariat.

Dr Catherine Day concluded the Care meeting

The Chair’s closing remarks can be viewed here. 

Click here to view additional questions responded to by speakers.