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| Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Economic and Social Rights in Northern Ireland Project

June 28th 2010

The Budget Analysis Team launched their report on social housing ‘Budgeting for Social Housing in Northern Ireland: A Human Rights Analysis’ in The Great Hall at QUB. The event was attended by a range of civil society, public sector and other representatives. The event featured speeches from Alex Attwood MLA, Alyson Kilpatrick BL, Commissioner on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland and Dr Padraic Quirk from Atlantic Philanthropies.

Media interest included a television interview with Dr Rory O’Connell (approx 11 minutes in)
and a newspaper report.

March 4th 2010 
The Budget Analysis team made a presentation on the project to the Scottish Cross Party Group on human Rights in the Scottish Parliament. The team was represented by Mira Dutschke, Rory O’Connell, Eoin Rooney.

March 3rd 2010
Aoife Nolan and Rory O'Connell were interviewed by the BBC for the Newsnight Scotland programme. The interview concerned the relevance of economic and social rights in the context of pressures on public finances.

14-15 November 2009
The Project Team organised a major International Conference on November 14-15 in QUB. The Conference brought more than a dozen international experts on budget work to Belfast to discuss different aspects of their work. The conference was well attended with 60-70 in the audience, who included members of civil society organisations, some public sector organisations, academics and students. As part of the November Conference two members of the project team, Mira Dutschke and Eoin Rooney presented papers based on the Project’s work.  A selection of presentations from the conference are available at the conference website.

February 28th 2009
The Project Team presented an overview of the project as part of the Convention on Modern Liberty. The team was represented by Aoife Nolan, Mira Dutschke, Rory O'Connell, Eoin Rooney

27th January 2009 
Budget Work and Economic and Social Rights – an International Perspective Seminar. The seminar was chaired by  Professor Colin Harvey with speakers: Ann Blyberg (Executive Director, International Human Rights Internship Program), Professor Diane Elson (University of Essex), Sally-Anne Way (Acting Research Director, Centre for Economic and Social Rights), and Martin Sigal (Director, Civil Association for Equality and Justice, Argentina). The seminar was well attended by representatives of local civil society organisations and public bodies.

Thursday 11th December 2008 
Project launch and reception, Lanyon Building

Project staff at the launch in December 2008


HRC staff at the Convention on Modern Liberty 

Dr Rory O'Connell at the Convention on Modern Liberty