A seminar on ‘Livelihoods as a driver of Poverty’ took place at UCD with members of the the St Vincent De Paul social justice group took place on January 22. This seminar, delivered by Bríd O’Brien of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU), explored issues of poverty in relation to unemployment, access to employment and the impact and interaction of these dynamics on other issues such as disposable income and housing.
Bríd O’Brien is the INOU’s Head of Policy and Media and plays a key role in formulating and developing INOU policy on unemployment, social welfare and the development of an inclusive and equitable labour market. Bríd represents the INOU in a range of structures including the Labour Market Council which was established in September 2013. On behalf of the organisation Bríd works with colleagues in the Community and Voluntary Sector on issues of socio-economic justice; and is one of the Community and Voluntary Pillar representatives on the National Economic and Social Council. Bríd was appointed to the Council of the Economics and Social Research Institute in September 2012.
The lecture was a collaboration between UCDSVP and UNIDEV.