Audry Deane

Social Justice and Policy Officer

Audry Deane is a Social Justice and Policy Officer working to secure better outcomes for those SVP helps in the areas of education and health. Her brief spans early years, primary, second, third and further education and all aspects of health which impact on those the Society assists.

Audry has been with SVP since 2000 (part time) advocating for change in a range of spheres where lobbying can secure results.

Audry previously worked in the National Women’s Council of Ireland delivering their health programme and various campaigns and is a founding and current board member of Healthy Food for All, an all ireand initiative combatting food poverty.

Blog Posts

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 04 April 2014 | 0 comments.
    SVP is stepping up to the plate

    Despite the apparent good news this week about the drop in numbers of people on the Live Register, SVP has yet to see any positive results from the much lauded fact that Ireland is now in Post Troika mode. 

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.

    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to pay for...

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 04 October 2013 | 0 comments.
    Poverty Bites

    The recession is not just hitting people in their pockets, it is hitting them in their stomachs. In 2010 one in ten people in Ireland couldn’t access or afford a healthy diet

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    SVP welcomes proposal to link school uniform costs with levels of funding for schools

    Today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a proposal which may result in funds being cut to schools who do not allow parents to opt for cheaper uniforms instead of expensive crested jumpers and blazers

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 03 September 2013 | 0 comments.
    The stark truth about health inequality

    Access to equal care for equal health needs is not a reality in this country. We call for  action to close the health inequality gap in Ireland

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 21 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    Prioritise, protect and invest

    Following recent criticisms about the quality of some early years services,  Audry Deane explains the importance of early years education and why the Government must prioritise, protect and invest in our early years infrastructure.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 14 August 2013 | 0 comments.
    It's time to even out the playing field

    Our volunteers witness the anxiety and strain put on parents trying to juggle their low incomes to meet the multiple demands during the school year

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 07 August 2013 | 2 comments.
    Education is the best route out of poverty

    Audry Deane discusses the importance of education and the effects of cuts to education supports.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments.
    Why did it take so long?

    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 03 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Neither Feasible or Desirable

    SVP notes the announcement that the medical expert panel set up to examine what conditions should be used to decide eligibility for a medical card has said that it neither 'feasible or desirable to list medical conditions' in this context.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 22 October 2014 | 0 comments.
    Where is the fairness for families struggling to access education?

    So… the dust has settled, the initial relief at the lack of obvious nasties has evaporated, and we are left asking ourselves what’s so fair about this budget for those families who are struggling to access that most critical and precious of resources; namely education

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 29 January 2015 | 0 comments.
    'Locked Out' of education

    SVP has been working with people struggling to afford the cost of education in Ireland for many decades. In her latest blog Audry Deane discusses the real threat of low income families being ‘locked out’ of third level education.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 05 March 2015 | 0 comments.
    Real & honest engagement the only way to go

    Despite the strong message in much of mainstream media in Ireland that recovery is taking hold, SVP has yet to see any positive changes, such as a drop in calls for help to our offices around the country.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 09 June 2015 | 0 comments.
    Without Social Investment Ireland cannot meet its Europe 2020 Targets

    It would have taken a very keen Europhile to have spotted the European Commission’s annual policy recommendations for Ireland, issued on 19th May, which slipped into the public domain with little or no take up or interest by the media. These proposals are part of the annual process of review, correction and monitoring of Member States’ economic and social progress.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 27 July 2015 | 0 comments.
    Will Government commit to funding this critical package of childcare reforms ?

    I had a strong sense of déjà vu attending the briefing session for the Report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group: Future Investment in Childcare and School Age Care.  SVP has been here before….. 

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 07 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    Can we be the first generation to end poverty?

    Despite widely shared cynicism regarding the bureaucracy and inefficiencies of the UN, it was apparent that even hardened hacks fell under the spell of the truly momentous moment when the 17 Global Goals were ratified.  Leaders from all over the word came together to sign a new global agreement to end poverty, fight inequality and to tackle climate change

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 19 October 2015 | 0 comments.
    There Can Be No Turning Back From This Pivotal Point

    This year's early education and care budget delivered substantial improvements...

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 14 June 2016 | 0 comments.
    Short-term political cycles should not be the driving force behind budgetary decision-making

    Today we launched our Pre Budget Submission and ask Government to make realistic choices. We know that behind the positive indicators such as competitiveness up to 7.8%, unemployment down to 7.8% and the much quoted fact that Ireland has been upgraded from the corrective to the preventative arm of the Stability and Growth Pact that there are big decisions to be made.

  • Posted by AudryDeane   on 05 August 2016 | 0 comments.
    Lack of policy coherence causing problems for vulnerable families

    You can clearly feel the rage, despair and hopelessness of lone parents who find themselves with reduced incomes or who cannot afford the cost of the childcare they need in order to work...

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