The state’s relationship with the third sector in Ireland: Discourses in policy
Larragy, Joe; Donoghue, Freda (2009)


by Dr Joe Larragy

Third sector actors play a number of different roles in the policy arena and tend to be more active in representing their individual constituencies’ interests than in representing broader interests of relevance to the third sector as a whole. Although they have had a long history in Ireland, specific policy dealing with the third sector took years to come to fruition and, since its publication in September 2000, is noteworthy for its tardy implementation. This paper critically examines the variety of political discourses on voluntary organisations in Ireland and argues that the lack of an integrated political vision of voluntary-statutory relationships lies at the heart of the stasis on action.

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