Funding Consortium Being Sought to Secure Future of Oireachtas Brief Service

Oireachtas Brief is an online information service for social justice NGOs and voluntary sector activists interested in issues of poverty and social exclusion in the Oireachtas. Through the website and regular newsletter (several issues per month), Oireachtas Brief provides in-depth coverage of Oireachtas debates pertaining to: volunteering; funding for the community and voluntary sector; disability-related issues; social welfare and social policy; homelessness and much, much more.

Visit the Oireacthas Brief website now to explore the full range and depth of information provided by this free-to-users service.

The Future of Oireachtas Brief

To date the Oireachtas Brief website and service has been made possible through a joint agreement between The Wheel and EAPN Ireland and has been in operation since May 2010, when it replaced the previous Dailbrief email newsletter. 

For the first two years, Oireachtas Brief was funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and since March 2012, all of the funding has been provided by The Wheel and EAPN. Unfortunately, due to various funding cuts, The Wheel and also EAPN Ireland are no longer in a position to cover 100% of the costs for the provision of Oireachtas Brief.

As a result, the two organisations are interested in speaking to any number of individuals or organisations which might be willing to form a 'funding-consortium' to co-fund Oireachtas Brief to continue into 2014, and beyond. The Wheel is in a position carry 25% of the costs and the shortfall per year is therefore projected to be in the order of €6,000.

The two organisations are now actively looking for six individuals or organisations to commit to paying €1,000 each per annum, ideally for three years, but certainly for 2014, so that this valuable service for social policy analysts and activists can continue.

Organisations which believe they can make this contribution in order for the wider value to be appreciated by all 1,000+ subscribers to Oireachtas Brief should contact Deirdre Garvey (deirdre@wheel.ie) or Robin Hanan (robin@eapn.ie) to discuss further.

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