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# reform - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform

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

Alan Shatter criticises High Court judge comments on pay

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

# reform - Saturday 8 December, 2012

Berlusconi announces fresh run for prime minister

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?

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

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 Budget 2013 This post contains videos

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened brings you every detail of the Budget 2013 announcement, all the analysis and all the reaction.

# reform - Sunday 25 November, 2012

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

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'

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

From The42 IRB promise disciplinary review following Thomson incident Reform

IRB promise disciplinary review following Thomson incident

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# reform - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million

Certified and uncertified sick days taken by civil and public service workers cost about €551.2 million per year.

# reform - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Egypt's military investigates activists including ex-Google executive

A dozen leading activists are being accused of inciting hatred against the military and trying to overthrow the government.

# reform - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Column: The public sector isn’t there to provide jobs, it’s there to work for us

Truly intelligent efficiencies would deliver more fulfilled workers as well as better services, writes Aaron McKenna.

# reform - Monday 27 February, 2012

Government publishes draft legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers

The final legislation is expected to be published by Minister Brendan Howlin later this year.