Issue 22 - November 2011(2)

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Oireachtas Brief §22 October 2011 (2)

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Oireachtas Brief 22 (OB22) covers the 31st Dail and 24th Seanad for October 2011, except for the debates on the voluntary and community sector and dormant accounts reported in OB21.   The next report, OB23, will cover November 2011 and will be published before end December.
1 Debates
Poverty, debt, low pay, national poverty targets and the budget
Social partnership
Dissolution of Comhar, Library Council
Creation of new state agencies in economic field
Tax, charities and the Charities Act
Funding issues
Children in prison
Ireland’s human rights record
No to vision policy coordinating committee
Disability review
Social welfare appeals