Issue 38

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Oireachtas Brief §38 September 2012

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1 Debates

Charities Act: senators criticize delays

Travellers as an ethnic minority

Poverty among children of asylum seekers

Amending the constitution for children

Fuel poverty and disconnections

Personal assistance services, home helps

Other debates


2 News

New Child and Family Support Agency


3 Appointments