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THE Committee on Social and Family Affairs examined policy that came under the remit of the government department of the same name.
The committee often met with groups such as the Combat Poverty Agency and made recommendations to government after considering submissions. The committee's chairmanship was controlled by the Fianna Fail-Green coalition.
The job of the Select Committee on Social and Family Affairs, later changed to Social Protection, was to scrutinise legislation in detail and recommend changes.
Both committees grew in importance as the economic crisis started to bite and a raft of cuts affecting welfare recipients were implemented.