Issue 16 - April 2011

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Oireachtas Brief §16 April 2011

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Oireachtas Brief 16 (OB16) covers the Dail from early April till Easter (with one item, on housing policy, held over from OB15).  Oireachtas Brief 17, to be published in June, will cover the Dail from its reconvening in early May until the end of the month.

1   News

End of Clar: review of administrative, funding, departmental reshuffles, CDPs

Internship and labour market programmes

Volunteering and unemployment payments

Plan for dialogue with voluntary, community sector

Irish compliance with European Social Charter

Educational disadvantage: DEIS and literacy initiatives

Policies on housing, homelessness

Housing conditions and human rights

Joint policing committees

2   Debates

Poverty and fuel poverty

Prison conditions