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# reform - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?

Apr 22nd 2014, 9:10 AM 23,273 Views 315 Comments

Reforms expected to be announced later today could make it easier for children to opt-out.

# reform - Monday 21 April, 2014

State Claims Agency doubles its remits to save €4 million
# Insurance
# Insurance

State Claims Agency doubles its remits to save €4 million

Apr 21st 2014, 3:12 PM 8,420 Views 8 Comments

It now covers bodies such as the Criminal Assets Bureau, Nama, and the Labour Court.

Leaving Cert could see major overhaul with proposed new grading scale
# Reform
# Reform

Leaving Cert could see major overhaul with proposed new grading scale

Apr 21st 2014, 7:16 AM 16,386 Views 52 Comments

The number of grading bands would be reduced from 14 to eight.

# reform - Friday 18 April, 2014

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions

Apr 18th 2014, 7:15 AM 7,088 Views 31 Comments

TDs have complained that there is a false impression being created that politicians are not at work because they are absent from the Dáil chamber.

# reform - Monday 14 April, 2014

New Leaving Cert science course poses risk to "high standards" of education
# Reform
# Reform

New Leaving Cert science course poses risk to "high standards" of education

Apr 14th 2014, 10:31 AM 9,729 Views 29 Comments

It could also hamper Ireland’s chances of attracting foreign direct investment, experts say.

# reform - Monday 7 April, 2014

Dozens of retired civil servants receive pensions worth €100k
# Chaching
# Chaching

Dozens of retired civil servants receive pensions worth €100k

Apr 7th 2014, 8:40 AM 12,759 Views 84 Comments

Minister Brendan Howlin has revealed that 35 receive pensions worth €100,000, with five of those being €118,000.

# reform - Monday 31 March, 2014

Google's antitrust case develops as major consumer group joins case
# Consumer Concern
# Consumer Concern

Google's antitrust case develops as major consumer group joins case

Mar 31st 2014, 4:56 PM 8,117 Views 1 Comment

The European Consumer Organisation has applied to be a formal complainant in the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google and its search policy.

# reform - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Obama proposes to end NSA bulk data collection
# Reform
# Reform

Obama proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

Mar 25th 2014, 3:45 PM 4,613 Views 38 Comments

Under the proposals, telephone data will stay in the hands of phone companies, while the NSA would require permission from a judge to obtain specific records.

# reform - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Chief Executive appointed to new Charities Regulatory Authority
# Reform
# Reform

Chief Executive appointed to new Charities Regulatory Authority

Mar 1st 2014, 5:02 PM 8,658 Views 22 Comments

Minister Alan Shatter said the Charities Act gives the framework needed to increase transparency and accountability across the charities sector.

# reform - Sunday 23 February, 2014

'Trust of the community' needed if Dublin A&E closures go ahead
# Reform
# Reform

'Trust of the community' needed if Dublin A&E closures go ahead

Feb 23rd 2014, 3:59 PM 11,460 Views 25 Comments

“We shouldn’t be scared of reform,” the Irish Patients Association said, following reports that a number may close.

# reform - Monday 17 February, 2014

Teacher shortage in new subjects as second-level student numbers to rise
# Education
# Education

Teacher shortage in new subjects as second-level student numbers to rise

Feb 17th 2014, 8:23 AM 12,626 Views 27 Comments

School principals said they need to start planning now to ensure that teachers are qualified to teach the subjects that are in demand.

# reform - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system

Feb 2nd 2014, 2:05 PM 7,249 Views 33 Comments

More than 60 per cent of members also supported the introduction of ‘family-friendly’ hours for TDs.

# reform - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Mental health posts unfilled, while 413 children wait on appointments
# Vision For Change
# Vision For Change

Mental health posts unfilled, while 413 children wait on appointments

Jan 30th 2014, 2:17 PM 6,694 Views 19 Comments

Figures obtained by Fianna Fáil’s Colm Keaveney shows that 24 posts have been filled out of 79 specifically allocated for children.

# reform - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Creighton: I did not approach Peadar Tóibín about Reform conference
# Reform Alliance
# Reform Alliance

Creighton: I did not approach Peadar Tóibín about Reform conference

Jan 25th 2014, 3:25 PM 6,104 Views 28 Comments

The TD said today that she did not make any approach to Tóibín, despite what he is alleged to have said on radio last week.

# reform - Friday 24 January, 2014

“There are some very good ministers and some very poor ones”
# The RA
# The RA

“There are some very good ministers and some very poor ones”

Jan 24th 2014, 10:50 PM 19,354 Views 82 Comments

Lucinda Creighton today took aim at her former cabinet colleagues.

# reform - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform
# Junior Cycle Student Award
# Junior Cycle Student Award

4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform

Jan 21st 2014, 4:11 PM 8,356 Views 48 Comments

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said he “would’ve loved” if the working group on junior certificate reform could have met last year but ASTI made that impossible.

# reform - Saturday 18 January, 2014

ASTI and TUI to ballot members on non-cooperation with new Junior Cert
# Jcsa
# Jcsa

ASTI and TUI to ballot members on non-cooperation with new Junior Cert

Jan 18th 2014, 6:00 PM 12,719 Views 67 Comments

The unions say teachers’ concerns over the planned revamp of the junior cycle aren’t being addressed.

# reform - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

First it was ‘The Inter’, then it was the Junior Cert… now it’s got a new name…
# Junior Cycle
# Junior Cycle

First it was ‘The Inter’, then it was the Junior Cert… now it’s got a new name…

Jan 15th 2014, 10:50 PM 53,721 Views 127 Comments

Irish people will soon have a new method of figuring out each other’s ages, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn confirmed this morning…

# reform - Monday 6 January, 2014

Creighton and Timmins insist Reform Alliance conference not prelude to political party
# The RA
# The RA

Creighton and Timmins insist Reform Alliance conference not prelude to political party

Jan 6th 2014, 6:15 AM 7,904 Views 47 Comments

“We’re doing what it says on the tin,” Lucinda Creighton has insisted as the 25 January conference fuels talk that a new political party is on the way.

# reform - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Gross total expenditure for public service to amount to €53bn for 2014
# Revised Estimates
# Revised Estimates

Gross total expenditure for public service to amount to €53bn for 2014

Dec 18th 2013, 7:26 PM 5,014 Views 44 Comments

Revised estimates are required to be published before the end of 2013.

# reform - Monday 16 December, 2013

Teachers and Dept of Education to discuss concerns over Junior Cert reform
# Overhaul
# Overhaul

Teachers and Dept of Education to discuss concerns over Junior Cert reform

Dec 16th 2013, 6:01 AM 5,976 Views 41 Comments

The Department of Education has announced that the first meeting of a new working group set up to discuss the planned overhaul of the Junior Certificate is to take place next month.

# reform - Friday 13 December, 2013

NSA review panel calls for reform and end to call gathering
# Reform
# Reform

NSA review panel calls for reform and end to call gathering

Dec 13th 2013, 3:22 PM 3,861 Views 14 Comments

The panel proposes stricter guidelines and a higher standard of proof before the NSA allowed to collect and search data.

# reform - Saturday 2 November, 2013

The Irish Council of Churches says blasphemy reference in Constitution is 'largely obsolete'
# Blasphemy
# Blasphemy

The Irish Council of Churches says blasphemy reference in Constitution is 'largely obsolete'

Nov 2nd 2013, 5:45 PM 8,740 Views 54 Comments

They said the blasphemy reference has been used to justify violence and oppression against minorities in other parts of the world.

# reform - Friday 18 October, 2013

Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'
# Dublin Mayor
# Dublin Mayor

Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'

Oct 18th 2013, 7:30 AM 6,611 Views 59 Comments

The Minister isn’t giving much away about whether or not he’d like a directly-elected mayor for the capital.

# reform - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Wexford to fight against next Saturday's Central Council league proposals
# Reform
From The42
# Reform

Wexford to fight against next Saturday's Central Council league proposals

Oct 10th 2013, 9:24 AM 5,406 Views 52 Comments

The moves to revamp the hurling league are opposed by the Model County.

# reform - Monday 7 October, 2013

Everyone's talking about reforming the Seanad, but how could we do it?
# Quinn-Zappone Bill
# Quinn-Zappone Bill

Everyone's talking about reforming the Seanad, but how could we do it?

Oct 7th 2013, 10:41 AM 5,922 Views 85 Comments

The Quinn-Zappone bill is being talked about a lot right now. But what’s in it? We take a look…

# reform - Saturday 5 October, 2013

‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform
# Seanad Reform
# Seanad Reform

‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform

Oct 5th 2013, 9:52 PM 14,595 Views 136 Comments

The government must now decide what it plans to do with the retained upper house.

# reform - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad
# Opinion
# Opinion

Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad

Sep 28th 2013, 10:01 AM 53 Views 38 Comments

“The constitution did not make it a retirement home for failed politicians and a creche for aspiring ones – the political class did.”

# reform - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Having trouble deciding on the Seanad vote? This handy site might give you a steer...
# Votomatic
# Votomatic

Having trouble deciding on the Seanad vote? This handy site might give you a steer...

Sep 19th 2013, 6:30 AM 7,325 Views 53 Comments

Basically a quick online ‘Cosmo quiz’ quiz, Votomatic.ie is aimed at cutting through the spin and helping voters work out their position on the abolition of the upper house.

# reform - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

'Exiled' party members granted speaking rights in Dáil
# Getting A Voice
# Getting A Voice

'Exiled' party members granted speaking rights in Dáil

Sep 17th 2013, 10:26 PM 7,964 Views 45 Comments

The TDs were informed about the Ceann Comhairle’s decision tonight, just hours before the Dáil returns from recess.

# reform - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

US congressmen visit Leinster House to discuss undocumented Irish
# Immigration
# Immigration

US congressmen visit Leinster House to discuss undocumented Irish

Aug 14th 2013, 4:38 PM 5,704 Views 50 Comments

Fine Gael TD Pat Breen, who met with them, will travel to Washington next month to lobby politicians on the US immigration reform legislation.

# reform - Sunday 28 July, 2013

Column: Why it's time to get rid of Ireland's blasphemy laws
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why it's time to get rid of Ireland's blasphemy laws

Jul 28th 2013, 8:30 AM 912 Views 273 Comments

Blasphemy laws have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and have no place in a modern democracy like Ireland, writes Michael Nugent.

# reform - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

"Personal animosity" shouldn't be part of Seanad abolition debate - Howlin
# David Norris
# David Norris

"Personal animosity" shouldn't be part of Seanad abolition debate - Howlin

Jul 16th 2013, 10:35 AM 2,379 Views 14 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said he expects a “robust debate” on the whether or not to introduce a unicameral system of government.

# reform - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve'
# Taoiseach
# Taoiseach

Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve'

Jun 26th 2013, 2:17 PM 3,486 Views 38 Comments

The Taoiseach told senators today that abolishing the upper house is the biggest package of reform since the passing of the Constitution in 1937.

# reform - Monday 24 June, 2013

PHOTOS: Farmers mount Kildare St protest over CAP reforms
# Load Of Bull
# Load Of Bull

PHOTOS: Farmers mount Kildare St protest over CAP reforms

Jun 24th 2013, 3:51 PM 5,752 Views 46 Comments

There’s a load of bull on Kildare Street today. Literally.

Decision time: Talks resume on CAP reform in final push for deal
# Agriculture
# Agriculture

Decision time: Talks resume on CAP reform in final push for deal

Jun 24th 2013, 8:07 AM 2,261 Views 4 Comments

“I believe an overall agreement is now within our grasp,” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who is chairing the two-day meeting.

# reform - Monday 10 June, 2013

People who are not TDs or Senators 'should be appointed as Ministers'
# Constitutional Covention
# Constitutional Covention

People who are not TDs or Senators 'should be appointed as Ministers'

Jun 10th 2013, 8:08 AM 6,794 Views 28 Comments

The Constitutional Convention has made a number of recommendations on reforming politics in Ireland.

# reform - Monday 27 May, 2013

Campaign to save the Seanad launched
# Democracy Matters
# Democracy Matters

Campaign to save the Seanad launched

May 27th 2013, 2:00 PM 6,353 Views 115 Comments

Democracy Matters! is calling for reform of the Seanad, not abolition.

# reform - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key

May 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 624 Views 46 Comments

TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.

# reform - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules
# Transparency
# Transparency

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules

Apr 30th 2013, 2:12 PM 3,334 Views 11 Comments

Proposals approved by ministers will enforce a legal “cooling-off” period for former office holders going into lobbying.