The INOU works with colleagues in the community & voluntary and other sectors on a range of socio-economic issues including through the:

  • Better Europe Alliance, a network of national community and voluntary sector organisations, SIPTU and the Environmental Pillar, which focuses on the European semester process and its implications for Ireland’s policy making and implementation.
  • Community Platform, a network of twenty seven national organisations working to address poverty, social exclusion and inequality.
  • Community and Voluntary Pillar (CVP) through which the INOU participates in a range of bilateral meetings with the Departments including: Employment Affairs and Social Protection; Education and Skills; Justice and Equality; Public Expenditure and Reform; Rural and Community Development.
  • Board of the Dublin Adult Learning Centre (DALC).
  • EAPN led European Minimum Income Network project on access to adequate social welfare supports, focused on the issue of access to adequate social welfare supports; and the EAPN Ireland’s Policy Group.
  • In-Vest Advisory Committee, an initiative targeting young people living in Ballymun to improve their ICT skills and the application of these skills to life and work.
  • Maynooth University led Coalesce project Advisory Committee.
  • Monitoring Committee of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020, the mechanism through which European Social Fund monies are currently distributed in Ireland.
  • National Economic and Social Council (NESC), on which the INOU is one of the three CVP representatives. NESC now uses a Working Group approach and todate the INOU has participated on two: Low Work Intensity Households; and Welfare & Employment.
  • National Social Enterprise Policy Implementation Group, on which the INOU is one of the two CVP representatives.
  • New Communities Partnership’s Migrant Access Programme Advisory Committee.

Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

The Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is an association-led, multi-stakeholder initiative bringing together 50 partners from academia and education, industry, the public, and not-for-profit sector. 

The primary objectives of the Coalition are to strengthen the workforce and enhance the digital inclusion of all citizens.