Issue 23

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Oireachtas Brief §23 November 2011 (1)

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Oireachtas Brief 23 (OB23) covers the 31st Dail and 24th Seanad for the first half of November 2011.   The next report, OB24, will cover the second half of November 2011.  Two bulletins, OB25 and OB26, will cover December 2011, of which one will be devoted to the budget.



1 Debates

Voluntary and community sector in the Seanad 

Need for measures to address poverty

Future of Family Support Agency, new agency for children

Dormant accounts: ‘a new slush fund for government’?


2 News

Homeless strategy to be updated by end 2011

Housing lists: growth of long-term waiting

Older people’s councils

Disability convention: mental capacity Bill due 2012

Reconfiguration of state agencies