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# 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 6,356 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 647 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 3,348 Views 11 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 19th 2013, 7:00 AM 72 Views 14 Comments

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.

# reform - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform

Apr 18th 2013, 1:30 PM 12,113 Views 70 Comments

Goverment TDs should be allowed to vote against their party on certain matters under proposals by backbench TD Eoghan Murphy in an internal document circulated among Fine Gael members this week.

# reform - Monday 15 April, 2013

Alan Shatter criticises High Court judge comments on pay
# Law
# Law

Alan Shatter criticises High Court judge comments on pay

Apr 15th 2013, 8:55 AM 8,405 Views 79 Comments

A High Court judge had said the government was attacking the independence of the judiciary – but Shatter has hit back.

# reform - Sunday 3 March, 2013

Levels of activity in courts 'overwhelming' and 'unsustainable' - Chief Justice
# Courts
# Courts

Levels of activity in courts 'overwhelming' and 'unsustainable' - Chief Justice

Mar 3rd 2013, 7:30 AM 5,012 Views 34 Comments

Susan Denham said failure to address the problems posed by Ireland’s appeal court system may be “damaging to Irish society and the economy”.

# reform - Saturday 2 March, 2013

How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?
# Explainer
# Explainer

How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?

Mar 2nd 2013, 8:15 AM 7,831 Views 46 Comments

The working conditions of 292,000 public workers could changed by the new proposals. So what happens now?

# reform - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Impact to meet today as more unions oppose Croke Park II
# Croke Park II
# Croke Park II

Impact to meet today as more unions oppose Croke Park II

Feb 28th 2013, 7:50 AM 6,279 Views 64 Comments

There is growing opposition to the proposed deal on cuts and reforms to public sector pay and conditions but the support of Impact and Siptu will be crucial for the government.

# reform - Sunday 24 February, 2013

Gilmore rings US Senators as pressure grows for deal on Irish illegals
# Undocumented
# Undocumented

Gilmore rings US Senators as pressure grows for deal on Irish illegals

Feb 24th 2013, 8:30 AM 5,904 Views 35 Comments

The Tánaiste said the Government plans to use St Patrick’s Day to push for a deal on undocumented Irish workers in the US.

# reform - Friday 25 January, 2013

Column: The Seanad must be a real balance to Government power
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The Seanad must be a real balance to Government power

Jan 25th 2013, 1:00 PM 85 Views 33 Comments

Legislation is not being properly vetted because the Government can simply force it through, writes Senator Katherine Zappone.

# reform - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

Hogan to reveal how he reversed safety alarm cuts... in February
# Seniors Alert Scheme
# Seniors Alert Scheme

Hogan to reveal how he reversed safety alarm cuts... in February

Jan 15th 2013, 10:10 AM 4,986 Views 28 Comments

The Minister said that he became concerned about the number of attacks on elderly people over the Christmas period.

# reform - Sunday 30 December, 2012

Poll shows over 50 per cent support for abolition of Seanad
# Seanad
# Seanad

Poll shows over 50 per cent support for abolition of Seanad

Dec 30th 2012, 12:01 PM 5,805 Views 103 Comments

Meanwhile, just under one third want it to be reformed.

# reform - Saturday 8 December, 2012

Berlusconi announces fresh run for prime minister
# Italy
# Italy

Berlusconi announces fresh run for prime minister

Dec 8th 2012, 4:06 PM 5,509 Views 36 Comments

This will be the the politician’s sixth bid to become prime minister, a post he has held three times already.

# reform - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Are Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to merge and become... Fianna Féin?
# Sinn Féin
# Sinn Féin

Are Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to merge and become... Fianna Féin?

Dec 6th 2012, 7:59 PM 14,241 Views 104 Comments

A Fine Gael TD, Derek Keating, made the suggestion today. But what do Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil think?

Column: Real reform is being overlooked in the deficit scramble
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Real reform is being overlooked in the deficit scramble

Dec 6th 2012, 7:00 AM 17 Views 11 Comments

There was broad consensus that our political system needed major change, writes David McCann – but that now seems largely forgotten.

# reform - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened
Live Dec 5th 2012, 10:50 PM

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened

# reform - Sunday 25 November, 2012

In numbers: the PAC's report on reviewing public allowances
# Allowances
# Allowances

In numbers: the PAC's report on reviewing public allowances

Nov 25th 2012, 1:06 PM 5,799 Views 22 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee published a report this week on reviewing public allowances. Here’s some of its figures.

# reform - Thursday 22 November, 2012

PAC report: System of public sector allowances 'not fit for purpose'
# Allowances
# Allowances

PAC report: System of public sector allowances 'not fit for purpose'

Nov 22nd 2012, 8:27 PM 6,038 Views 16 Comments

The Committee of Public Accounts said the system “brings discredit to the legitimate expectations of public servants for proper pay and recognition”.

# reform - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

IRB promise disciplinary review following Thomson incident
# Reform
From The42
# Reform

IRB promise disciplinary review following Thomson incident

Nov 14th 2012, 11:44 PM 1,064 Views 0 Comments

The New Zealander was only given a one-week ban for stamping.

# reform - Monday 5 November, 2012

At last: Constitutional Convention to hold first meeting in December
# Reform
# Reform

At last: Constitutional Convention to hold first meeting in December

Nov 5th 2012, 12:35 PM 3,769 Views 17 Comments

The first meeting of the Constitutional Convention was delayed as the Government searched for a chairperson – but it’s now set to meet at the start of December

# reform - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Howlin says new law on Oireachtas inquiries will require "careful balances"
# Inquiries
# Inquiries

Howlin says new law on Oireachtas inquiries will require "careful balances"

Nov 1st 2012, 11:05 AM 2,084 Views 23 Comments

The Minister said he was anxious to give authority back to the Oireachtas itself as opposed to the Government.

Howlin scales back plans for abolition and merging of State agencies
# Reform
# Reform

Howlin scales back plans for abolition and merging of State agencies

Nov 1st 2012, 9:21 AM 4,052 Views 18 Comments

Though 47 measures will go ahead by the end of this year, almost half of mergers or abolitions have been deferred or postponed.

# reform - Friday 26 October, 2012

Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys

Oct 26th 2012, 1:06 PM 32 Views 18 Comments

The changes to councils will reinforce the dominance of the three major parties, says Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.

# reform - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Ombudsman's role to be extended as Oireachtas approves reform bill
# Reform
# Reform

Ombudsman's role to be extended as Oireachtas approves reform bill

Oct 24th 2012, 9:02 PM 3,664 Views 7 Comments

The government has billed the legislation as the “most significant expansion” of the Ombudsman’s powers in 30 years.

# reform - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago

Oct 16th 2012, 8:04 PM 12,209 Views 7 Comments

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull
# Local Government
# Local Government

Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull

Oct 16th 2012, 7:11 PM 7,948 Views 42 Comments

Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.

Councils will be able to set their own rate of property tax
# Local Government
# Local Government

Councils will be able to set their own rate of property tax

Oct 16th 2012, 6:21 PM 8,961 Views 82 Comments

Under the plans to reform local government unveiled today, different councils will be able to set different rates.

# reform - Monday 15 October, 2012

Phil Hogan to bring local government reforms to Cabinet tomorrow
# Reform
# Reform

Phil Hogan to bring local government reforms to Cabinet tomorrow

Oct 15th 2012, 11:23 AM 4,299 Views 43 Comments

There are reports that the overhaul will include abolishing the power of councillors to overturn the decisions of planning officials.

# reform - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II
# Vatican Ii
# Vatican Ii

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Oct 11th 2012, 11:45 AM 2,711 Views 29 Comments

Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.

# reform - Saturday 29 September, 2012

Shortall says reforms were "blocked" by Reilly
# Roisin Shortall
# Roisin Shortall

Shortall says reforms were "blocked" by Reilly

Sep 29th 2012, 12:55 PM 9,256 Views 66 Comments

The former minister of state said her resignation was coming for some time.

# reform - Monday 24 September, 2012

Howlin defends progress in public sector reform despite allowances hurdle
# Allowances
# Allowances

Howlin defends progress in public sector reform despite allowances hurdle

Sep 24th 2012, 3:16 PM 3,604 Views 26 Comments

Brendan Howlin says the results of the review on public sector allowances will lead to substantial savings over time.

# reform - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Public service allowance savings targets for 2012 will not be met
# Reform
# Reform

Public service allowance savings targets for 2012 will not be met

Sep 18th 2012, 5:43 PM 8,343 Views 57 Comments

Brendan Howlin has said the size of the review undertaken by his department means savings will not be realised this year.

Column: Here’s what our leaders need to deliver in the new Dáil term
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Here’s what our leaders need to deliver in the new Dáil term

Sep 18th 2012, 7:20 AM 19 Views 37 Comments

Independent TD Catherine Murphy gives her take on the challenge faced by the Government.

# reform - Monday 20 August, 2012

Burma's government ends direct media censorship
# Burma
# Burma

Burma's government ends direct media censorship

Aug 20th 2012, 5:18 PM 2,023 Views 2 Comments

Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.

# reform - Monday 9 July, 2012

Column: Ireland needs a new political party and here’s how we do it
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ireland needs a new political party and here’s how we do it

Jul 9th 2012, 7:00 AM 48 Views 101 Comments

Ireland has reached a point where the current political establishment is not serving the interests of the people, argues Martin Critten who intends to form a new party with a Citizens’ Charter.

# reform - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Column: Getting a new driver isn’t enough – this country needs repairs
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Getting a new driver isn’t enough – this country needs repairs

Jul 1st 2012, 8:30 AM 25 Views 22 Comments

We may have a different government. But without serious political reform we’re headed for another crisis, writes Oliver Moran.

# reform - Monday 23 April, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi boycotts Burma's parliament over oath
# Burma
# Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi boycotts Burma's parliament over oath

Apr 23rd 2012, 11:59 AM 1,031 Views 2 Comments

Meanwhile, the EU has announced lifting sanctions against Burma after year of political reform.

# reform - Saturday 14 April, 2012

Legal Services Bill is not an ambush on the sector, says Shatter
# Reform
# Reform

Legal Services Bill is not an ambush on the sector, says Shatter

Apr 14th 2012, 2:41 PM 2,316 Views 14 Comments

The Justice Minister also compared some of the legal rites of passage to those of Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts.

# reform - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Ombudsman welcomes decision to end detention of children in St Patrick’s
# Juvenile Offenders
# Juvenile Offenders

Ombudsman welcomes decision to end detention of children in St Patrick’s

Apr 3rd 2012, 9:15 AM 1,631 Views 3 Comments

The decision to end the long-standing practice of housing juvenile offenders in an adult prison has been welcomed.