Issue 20 - September 2011

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Oireachtas Brief §20 September 2011

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1 Debates


Rural transport


2 News

Constitutional amendment, reforms for children

Child contact centres: pilot project

Fuel poverty strategy due

National advocacy programme for older people in residential homes

Older people’s strategy: not this year

Funding for waste, recycling projects

Funding for community and voluntary fora

Joint policing committees review; white paper on crime

Merger of Equality Authority and Human Rights Commission by February

Proportion on medical cards almost 37%

New Seanad consultative procedure