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The All-Island Social Security Network was set up in May 2023 to bring “together researchers to imagine a new future for social security on the island of Ireland.” We bring together researchers from academia and civil society to examine, understand, map-out, explore, disseminate, consider, share and promote knowledge and understanding about the social security system in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Our first event will explore Social Security on the Island of Ireland: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities

Ulster University, BD-01-016, York Street, Belfast, 6 December 2023 10.30am - 3pm

Tea, Coffee and Networking: 10.30am – 11.00am

PANEL 1 (Convened by Prof Madeleine Leonard, Queens University, Belfast):

Introduction to AISSN - Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick (Ulster University) and Dr Charles O’Sullivan (Maynooth University)

The Current State of Social Security: Helen Barnard (Director of Policy, Research and Impact, Trussell Trust) and Helen Johnston (Senior Policy Analyst, National Economic and Social Council)

Lunch: 12.30 – 1.30pm

PANEL 2 (Convened by Dr Fiona Dukelow, University College, Cork):

Imagining a new Welfare State - Prof Mary Murphy (Maynooth University)

The future of Social Security System: Tommy O’Reilly (Former Deputy Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities) and Colm O’Reardon (Former Secretary of the Irish Commission on Taxation and Welfare)

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Wednesday 6 December