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Disability Federation Ireland “Count Me In!” Conference Tuesday 3 March 2009. Speech by Mary Doyle Assistant Secretary Economic and Social Policy Division Department of the Taoiseach. New Economic Context. Extraordinary time of financial turbulence & speed of downturn

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Disability Federation Ireland“Count Me In!” ConferenceTuesday 3 March 2009

Speech by Mary Doyle

Assistant Secretary

Economic and Social Policy Division

Department of the Taoiseach

New Economic Context

  • Extraordinary time of financial turbulence & speed of downturn

  • New national and international economic environment

  • This poses significant challenges for the whole of society

  • Urgent focus on improving competitiveness & supporting people who lose their jobs

Value of Social Partnership

  • Vehicle for identifying challenges to and opportunities for our economic and social development, and agreeing responses to them

  • Has provided stability, forged effective relationships and developed many excellent structures

  • Towards 2016 Lifecycle Approach – policy innovation & person centred approach

  • Recognition of role for Community & Voluntary groups

National Disability Strategy

  • People with Disabilities – Lifecycle Stage in Towards 2016

  • Focus on implementation of the Strategy

  • Clear governance and monitoring framework

  • Value of ongoing active engagement

  • Partnership approach at national and sectoral level.

Local Level Implementation

  • Translating national policy into meaningful and effective services at community level

  • Requires substantive and continuing dialogue and cooperation between national and local government, and between local government and relevant local stakeholders

  • Local Authority Access Officers a key enabler and conduit for this dialogue and collaboration,

  • Access Officers Network will have a key role in fostering collaboration and disseminating best practice

Integrated Public Services – the OECD view

  • Recognises its important role and its path to modernisation – huge potential in the system

  • Advocates a greater focus on targeting services from the perspective of the citizen i.e. the lifecycle approach

  • Need for improved dialogue and greater connectivity to address fragmentation

  • Doesn’t mean inventing new structures/layers, rather making better use of what we have – this will be our mantra!

Task Force on the Public Service

  • Task Force recommends enhanced application of lifecycle approach, and to promote and facilitate participation of socially excluded

  • Greater focus on case-working approaches, with multi-skilled teams working together across organisational and sectoral boundaries

  • It suggests development of networks bringing together relevant Public Sector and other stakeholder interests

  • New Cabinet Committee on Public Service to oversee the transformation process

Role of Local Government

  • Importance of local government structures to…

    • developing models of integrated service delivery through collaborative arrangements

    • leading delivery of shared services, case-based approaches and integrated responses

  • CDBs’ role in providing joined-up services and bringing stakeholders together in collaborative forum

  • Need for stakeholders and disability groups to work with service providers to show that process can help deliver their own business goals


  • Current NESF work examining local delivery of child literacy and social inclusion policies and the Home Care Support Scheme

  • Best use of limited resources

  • Time to reflect on how we do business

  • Perspective of the service user – integrated services & opportunities for dialogue

“Count Me In!” Conference

Thank you

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