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# reform - Monday 21 April, 2014

State Claims Agency doubles its remits to save €4 million

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

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 This post contains videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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…

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

“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 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

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

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'

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'

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

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

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?

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

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

“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...

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

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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

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'

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 This post contains images

PHOTOS: Farmers mount Kildare St protest over CAP reforms

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

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

“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'

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! 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

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

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

# reform - Friday 19 April, 2013

Column: Judges and ministers public spat will achieve nothing, but reform is needed

Tensions are high this week between the judicial and executive branches of government, writes Roderic O’Gorman, who says if we want a truly independent judiciary, we must be prepared to undertake radical reform.