What is Social inclusion?

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What is Social Inclusion?

In 1997, the Irish Government said:

People are living in poverty if their income and resources (material, cultural and social) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living which is regarded as acceptable by Irish society generally. As a result of inadequate income and resources people may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities which are considered the norm for other people in society.
The role of Local Authorities and Social Inclusion is set out in the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 (see http://socialinclusion.ie/nationalactionplan2007.html)
Poverty and social exclusion can affect all age groups. It is multi-faceted and combating it requires a multi-policy response.

Diversity remains an important part of Social Inclusion and the national Plan draws attention to using a ‘Lifecycle Approach’  to the following groups at risk of social exclusion:


The Department of Social Protection (http://socialinclusion.ie/poverty.html) includes the main social inclusion measures as:

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Deprivation

Poverty indicators from the Government are when people are lacking two or more from the list below:

  1. Two pairs of strong shoes
  2. A warm waterproof overcoat
  3. Buy new not second-hand clothes
  4. Eat meals with meat, chicken, fish (or vegetarian equivalent) every second day
  5. Have a roast joint or its equivalent once a week
  6. Had to go without heating during the last year through lack of money
  7. Keep the home adequately warm
  8. Buy presents for family or friends at least once a year
  9. Replace any worn out furniture
  10. Have family or friends for a drink or meal once a month
  11. Have a morning, afternoon or evening out in the last fortnight, for entertainment

What drives Social Inclusion?

At national level:

At Dublin City Level:

The objectives and actions to achieve social inclusion in Dublin City are outlined in Dublin City Council’s Corporate Plan 2015 – 2019.  This plan was voted on by the elected representatives of Dublin City Council.