Issue 9 - October 2010

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Oireachtas Brief §9 September 2010

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This issue covers resumption of the 30th Dail and 23rd Seanad on 29th September 2010 and their work into the second week of October.  In this issue…

1    Debates
Fuel poverty and the Public Service Obligation
Cuts in the voluntary and community sector
Constitutional amendment for children

2    News
Ireland and the European poverty target
New models in the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP)
Funding of CDPs and LCDP
Regional poverty rates
Equality for Women Measure

3    Legislation and appointments