Issue 55

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Oireachtas Brief 55 July 2013

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1 Debates

New child and family agency


Direct provision

Other debate references


2 News

Charities Regulatory Authority to go ahead

€1m redundancy scheme for local development companies

New sites for child poverty projects

Cross-departmental group on migrant integration

Dormant accounts

Lottery funding

One-parent family payment reforms

Roma in Ireland

Older people’s forums

Funding for emigrant support

Other news references


3 Appointments

New minister of state, senator

Oireachtas committees