Inclusion Ireland Conference: Cost of Disability

Thursday 25 September 2014

Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Inclusion Ireland are hosting a conference on the Cost of Disability on Thursday, 25th September 2014, 9.30am – 4.00pm,  in the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

The conference seeks to reopen the debate on how to address the costs associated with having a disability.  Speakers will highlight evidence of the direct, indirect and opportunity costs of having a disability and how official measurements of poverty do not consider these costs. The benefits to the economy and society of expenditure supports to households and person(s) with a disability will be explored.

Opening address

Simon Harris, TD., Minister of State at Department of Finance.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr John Cullinan, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway

Dr Dorothy Watson, Associate Research Professor at Economic and Social Research Institute

Ms Claudia Wood, Chief Executive of DEMOS

Mr Martin Naughton

Ms Ita Mangan, Chair of the Tax and Social Welfare Advisory Group

Mr Michael Taft, Unite the Union

Ms Eileen Daly

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Conference fee and booking

The fee for this conference is €40.

Places can be booked by going to the following link:

No telephone bookings for this event. A small number of places have been set aside for people on low incomes.

This event is supported by Deloitte.

Inclusion Ireland Cost of Disability Programme

09.30              Registration

10.00              Opening remarks – Simon Harris, TD., Minister of State at Department of Finance

Morning session (Chaired by Donal Toolan)

10.15              The direct and indirect costs of disability – Dr John Cullinan, NUI, Galway

10.45              Disability, poverty and social exclusion – Dr Dorothy Watson, Economic and Social Research Institute

11.15              Tea & coffee

11.30              The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Expenditure Supports - Michael Taft, Unite the Union

12.00              Cost of disability: a personal perspective - Eileen Daly

12.30              Moderated questions and answers

13.00  Lunch

Afternoon Session (Chaired by Tom Healy, Chairperson, Inclusion Ireland)

14.00              Counting the Cost  - Claudia Woods, Chief Executive, Demos

14.30              Costed Out - Martin Naughton

15.00              Disability, Taxation and Social Protection - Ita Mangan, Advisory Group on Taxation and Social Welfare

15.30              Moderated questions and answers    

16.00              Close 


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