Issue 11 - December 2010

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Oireachtas Brief §11 November 2010

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Oireachtas Brief 11 covers the 30th Dail and 23rd Seanad from 9th November to 6th December.  Oireachtas Brief 12 will cover the budget debates and the session up to the Christmas and new year break.   In this issue:

1        Debates
- EU2020 strategy;
- Fuel poverty;
- Policies on poverty, equality, social policy;
- Mental health and the economic collapse;
- Prison conditions;
- Irish ratification of UN disability convention.

2        News
- Unemployed rates compared to work;
- Advocacy service to start January 2011;
- Department of Health & Children lottery allocations in 2010;
- Community Services Programme for 2011-2013;
- Obituary: Senator Kieran Phelan.