Issue 24

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Oireachtas Brief §24, November 2011 (2)

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1 Debates

Closing down People with Disabilities

Disability funding

End of funding for Northside Community Law Centre?

Resetting poverty targets

Vincent de Paul, Barnardos figures on poverty

Government launches strategy against fuel poverty


2 News

No new plan against racism

Traveller status

Lottery grants for children’s organizations

Multi-agency steering group  on housing policy

Legislation for private rented sector

Appointments, National Economic and Social Council, alignment committee