Issue 31

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Oireachtas Brief § 31 – March 2012

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Oireachtas Brief 31 (OB31) covers the 31st Dail and 24th Seanad for March and up to Easter.




1 Debates

Austerity ‘killing Europeans’

Seanad call for debate on €150,000 top-ups for charity chiefs

Delays in social welfare appeals

Traveller accommodation

Social workers for child protection

Human Rights Commission Equality Authority merger

Housing policy in the Seanad

Other debate references


2 News

Round-up of reports due from government

More on fraud

OPEN Seven is too young report 

Charitable lottery fund

Progressing internships and Tús

Other news references