Issue 37

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Oireachtas Brief §37 July 2012

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1 Debates


Poverty Impact Assessments

Disability services crisis

Domiciliary Care Allowance review

Community Employment review


2 News

Traveller health, accommodation

National Advocacy service


3 Appointments