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# Reform

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2022
# Corruption
Cuba holds local elections as opposition claims unfair tactics used by government
Three opposition candidates had been prevented from participating in neighborhood assemblies, the group claimed.
# Trauma
Mental Health Commission to ban mechanical restraints on children in inpatient centres
The practice involves handcuffs, or devices and garments that stop a person moving.
# Penal Reform
Judges to be able to set minimum life sentences as changes to Ireland's penal system announced
The plan is to keep non-violent offenders out of prison to reduce overcrowding.
# Reform
Independent regulator to oversee football in England
Ministers have given their formal support to 10 key recommendations set out in a fan-led review launched after last year’s failed European Super League project.
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# future plans
GAA set up task force to implement All-Ireland senior football reform
The newly assembled group will be asked to come up with fresh recommendations ahead of the Association’s Central Council.
# Reform
Manchester United announce creation of Fan Advisory Board
The announcement follows Joel Glazer’s participation in a fans forum.
Voices
Dr Mark Murphy: 'GPs are seeing the mental health impact of Covid-19 on their patients'
We must move on from saying ‘we need to do more’ and outline practical solutions to mitigate the secondary impact of the pandemic, writes Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy.
# Reform
Quinn and Owens insist there is no 'Visionary Group' takeover of the FAI
The FAI are facing a crucial vote on reforms later this month to escape insolvency, but some members claim the Association is losing its ‘sovereignty’.
# Reform
'I felt as if I have done a crime': Pakistani man says immigration officials read personal texts to his wife to verify his relationship
The Imigration Council of Ireland said the whole system needs an overhaul.
# Reform
No role for Niall Quinn as FAI confirm appointments in restructured executive
Stephen Kenny has been appointed International Football Director, having said last week he would not have a title.
# Reform
Explainer: The latest restructure at the FAI
Four key roles are being advertised within the Association this week, with Niall Quinn believed to be in the mix for a position.
# Reform
Some opposition anticipated as FAI Council set for vote to approve terms of government bailout
In spite of the importance of the State aid, there is opposition to certain reforms among some voting Council members.
# Reform
FAI confirm appointment of three new independent directors
A fourth external board member will be appointed in the coming weeks.
# Josephine Feehily
Gardaí self-reflection on failings wouldn't have happened five years ago, Policing Authority chair says
Josephine Feehily said yesterday that An Garda Síochána has evolved as an organisation since 2014.
# Reform
Independent chairperson to do 'thorough analysis' before deciding on FAI appointment
The arrival of four external members to the football body’s board has been made a priority by sports minister Shane Ross.
# Reform
'I believe in getting s**t done' - New faces on board as FAI aims to move on from crisis
TV Executive and Cabinteely chairman Larry Bass is optimistic about the future of the FAI and a possible all-island league.
# Reform
Quinn's Visionary Group reject claims they have withdrawn interest in revamping League of Ireland
The Group are no longer involved in the FAI-organised process of reform, but remain open to working with clubs on a ‘ better future for the League of Ireland.’
# hiring
Gardaí hiring for 'extremely challenging' role of Deputy Commissioner
The government has asked the Policing Authority to nominate a person for appointment to the position.
# Reform
Conway sails through re-election as Paul Cooke voted FAI vice-president
Incumbent Noel Fitzroy dramatically withdrew his nomination for Vice-President to avoid ‘further crisis’ at the Association.
# Reform
Nike to end financial penalties for pregnant athletes - report
According to the New York Times, Nike plans to waive performance-pay reductions for 12 months for athletes who decide to have a baby.
Voices
Lynn Ruane: I'm tabling a bill to support the voices of community and advocacy groups
We need a vibrant and active civil society. Otherwise politicians and big business will call all the shots, writes Senator Lynn Ruane.
# Retirement
'We're willing to change': Senior gardaí say proposal for targeted severance package is 'unsettling'
The Association of Garda Superintendents said its members have been at the fore in reform and want to be part of the modernisation of the force.
# Culture
Abbey 'committed' to change after January's damning open letter from actors and directors
As part of the changes, the theatre has committed to a review of all pay rates, with any amendments to be implemented in 2020.
Voices
Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope'
‘We can all help to change the outdated teachings, traditions and structures which repel many adults and young people,’ writes Joe Mulvaney.
# Sudan
Explainer: What's happening in Sudan?
The country’s president Omar-al-Bashir was removed from power and detained by the army yesterday.
# Reform
Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors
The government is increasing funding for GPs in exchange for reforms and changes to the services they provide.
Voices
Opinion: It is time for change in the Catholic church and that starts with equality for women
‘Guided by the Holy Spirit we must come together and find new inclusive governance structures to replace the old patriarchal model, which has broken down’, writes Colm Holmes.
# Russia
Putin softens plans to reform Russia's pension system amid public outcry
Putin suggested raising the state pension age by five years to 60 years for women, instead of the earlier proposed eight years to 63.
# Reform
Dublin City Council issues €500k tender for homeless accommodation booking system
The contract also includes the provision of training for staff who will be using the system.
# Reform
'They have suffered long enough': Pressure mounts on Theresa May to legislate for change to Northern Ireland abortion law
May has responded to those calls by saying that the issue is for the North to decide.
# Kuala Lumpur
Scenes of joy and celebration as Malaysian politician jailed for sodomy is freed
The 70-year-old is expected to become Prime Minister.
# Oireachtas
'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised
It’s been five years since Ireland voted to keep the Seanad in a referendum, but not much has changed since.
# retirement ready
From 2022, workers will be 'auto enrolled' on pension savings schemes
The government has also announced a new “total contributions approach” to pensions from 2020.
# Change
'Mistrust', 'frustration': Dubliners have their say on the future of policing in Ireland
The chair of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland said she and her colleagues had heard some heart wrenching stories from members of the public.
# Reform
We should have a new Garda Commissioner by summer 2018
Nóirín O’Sullivan announced her retirement from the Gardaí in September following months of calls for her resignation.
# change is good
Premier League clubs set to vote on closing transfer window before season starts
Part of the reason is to avoid internal discord affecting certain clubs once the season is off and running.
# Solitary Confinement
'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'
A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.
# Reform
'The idea of a proper championship is a farce': Colm O'Rourke calls for championship shake-up
Dublin inflicted a 31-point hammering on Westmeath to revive talk of second tier championships.
# Reform
Tusla inquiries are a 'major distraction' according to chief executive
McBride was speaking at the launch of Tusla’s new child protection and welfare strategy for 2017-2022.
# let it go
Not happy - Fine Gael senators have been giving out about All Ireland tickets... again
The Seanad was today discussing a bill concerning its own reform, and ended up covering some well-trodden ground.