Issue 18 - July 2011

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Oireachtas Brief §18 June 2011

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1 Debates

Raising pension age, reduction of low wages attacked

Protection of children, youth homelessness

Appeal to extend Community Employment

Hardship from school transport charges


2 News

New funding scheme for national voluntary organizations

Funding the Community Fora

Structured dialogue with voluntary and community sector

Forum on philanthropy

Active citizenship

North-South Consultative Forum

National policy on volunteering, European year

Salaries in the voluntary and community sector

Funding for Irish voluntary organizations in Britain

New housing policy

Strategies for carers, old people, lone parents and Travellers

Regeneration and the PPPs

Traveller education, training

Cabinet subcommittee on social policy

Board of the Equality Authority

Lottery funding


3 Appointments

Members of committees