Issue 33

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Oireachtas Brief §33 May 2012

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1 Debates

MacSharry looks for poverty debate

Literacy: minister pledges reform

Dormant accounts: warning of slush fund

Community Employment cuts

Further debates


2 News

Activation, child and family supports reviews completed

Merging the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority

Strategies for women, children, early years, youth justice

The new Child and Family Support Agency

Further news references