Issue 25

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Oireachtas Brief §25, December 2011 (1)

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Oireachtas Brief 25 (OB25) covers the 31st Dail and 24th Seanad for December 2011, with the exception of the budget debate, which is reported separately in the next issue, OB26, due shortly.  Both houses have adjourned until 11th January.  A bulletin on the January session, OB27, will be published in February.


1 Debates

Poverty proofing

Child poverty

Fuel poverty

Taoiseach on the homeless

Funding People with Disabilities Ireland, National Women’s Council

Demand for review of all disability services

Limited funding for advocacy work now, says Shatter

Review of Community Employment

Waiting lists for civil legal aid


2 News

Progress on new children’s agency

Review of Joint Policing Committeees

Appointments: Council of Europe