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8 April 2013:
Irish Social Enterprise Network Launch!
The Irish Social Enterprise Network (formerly have launched their new website

21 November 2012:
New Documentary Tracks Resilience of Cooperatives
A new documentary film tracking the resilience of cooperatives in Europe is now available online.

22 May 2012:
School Enterprise Challenge 2012 - International Business Competition for Schools is Back!
School Enterprise Challenge 2012 is a global competition for schools to set up their own student-led enterprise, offer young people valuable hands-on business experience, and inspire a new generation of socially responsible entrepreneurs.

21 May 2012:
Catch up with Social Enterprise Seminar
A selection of photos from the "Catch up with Social Enterprise" seminar which was held in the Woodquay Venue on 15 May 2012.

17 May 2012:
"The potential of social enterprise must be realised" - Minister Sean Sherlock TD
Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD expressed the Irish Government’s strong commitment to developing social enterprise at the WINSENT (Wales-Ireland Network for Social Entrepreneurship) project seminar in Dublin on Tuesday, 15th May.

2 May 2012:
Sustainability Awareness for SMEs - is an environmental information portal from Enterprise Ireland, designed to enhance environmental awareness and improve performance in Irish industry, with particular emphasis on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

2 May 2012:
Sources of Environmental Funding for SMEs
A Guide to sourcing funding for energy and environmental projects for SMEs

1 May 2012:
Sustainability Training
Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have developed a wide range of tools and resources to support your energy saving programme.

1 May 2012:
Equality Authority Information
The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998. It was established on 18th October 1999.

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Can you identify high-potential Social Impact Bond areas in Ireland?

Published: 5 September 2011

They have engaged support across governments, the community and voluntary sector and socially-motivated investors worldwide.  SIBs are also included in the Programme for Government (2011 - 2016).

Clann Credo - the Social Investment Fund in collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Centre for Effective Services is conducting research to identify high-potential SIB areas in Ireland. Social Finance in the UK, the first organisation to launch an SIB, is advising us in this process. It is envisaged that this research project will culminate in a report identifying two-to-three high-priority, high-potential areas for Irish SIBs. We believe SIBs could be applied to a wide variety of pressing social needs (unemployment, health, criminal justice, housing, etc.) and have the potential to unlock new sources of private and philanthropic capital to support public purposes.

Please see for more details and background papers. You will also find a questionnaire to help identify social issues and interventions that may fit the criteria for SIBs. Responses should be returned to by September 9th. All responses will form a key part of a research project. Please circulate this call for proposals widely, not just within yourown organisation, but to anyone whom you feel may usefully contribute to the process.

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