Issue 14 - February 2011

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Oireachtas Brief §14 February 2011

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Oireachtas Brief 14 covers the 30th Dail from 12th January 2011 until its dissolution on 1st February; and the 23rd Seanad from 12th January.  The Seanad is adjourned sine die but continues in office for 90 days after the dissolution of the Dail.  The 31st Dail will meet on 9th March.

1    News
Cuts to Traveller education
Ministers report on savings from closing state bodies
Launch of Tús
Resumption of International Fund for Ireland
New National Economic and Social Council
Progressive effect of last budgets
Minimum wage reduced
Database on charities
Private rented housing inspections

2    Debates
Begging Bill in the Seanad
Michael D Higgins farewell on social policy