Issue 32

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Oireachtas Brief §32 – April 2012

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Oireachtas Brief 32 (OB31) covers the 31st Dail and 24th Seanad for April 2012 and is focussed largely on the Social welfare Bill, 2012.


1 Debates

Social welfare and pensions Bill, 2012: focus on lone parents

Summer stakeholder seminar on Community Employment

Further debate references


2 News

National Action Plan for Social Inclusion, Poverty Impact Assessments

Disability activation project

Rent supplements move to Environment January 2013

Further news references