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# reform - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

Column: ‘Everything local authorities touch turns into a fiasco’

The performance of local councils ranges from incompetent to corrupt – and we need them out, writes William Campbell.

Cautious welcome given to progress on constitutional convention

Interest groups have welcomed the latest reports that draft proposals on the makeup of the convention are imminent – as long as there is sufficient consultation.

# reform - Sunday 19 February, 2012

Column: Politicians can’t fix Ireland – ordinary people must take the lead

The financial crisis was sparked by a broken system. If we’re going to fix this we can’t leave it up to politicians, write Bronagh Geraghty and John Hughes.

# reform - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

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Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s Fix: household charge campaign; health service ‘reduction’; and the best way to get onto a crowded bus…

# reform - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

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Fire services call for change 31 years on from Stardust tragedy

The IFESA says that deficiencies in the fire services will cost lives.

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power

Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# reform - Saturday 11 February, 2012

Halve the size of the Dáil, says Bertie Ahern

The former taoiseach says the Dáil should be composed of 70 to 80 TDs, elected from single seat-constituencies.

# reform - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Tánaiste hopeful of 'early progress' on US visas for Irish

Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore joins Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton and Bill Clinton for a forum urging “influential friends” to invest in Ireland.

# reform - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Column: 10 reasons why Ireland should be praying for a second bailout

Cheap money, essential reforms, and a route away from gombeenism? A second bailout would have immense benefits for Ireland, argues NAMAwinelake.

# reform - Friday 6 January, 2012

Jobs Minister begins overhaul of industrial relations system

Richard Bruton today announced developments that have been made in line with promised employment rights and industrial relations reforms.

# reform - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Seanad could operate on a voluntary basis - FG Senator

Senator Catherine Noone said that Senators could work on a volunteer basis to preserve the Seanad as a “key feature of our democratic system”.

# reform - Monday 21 November, 2011

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In pictures: Egyptian cabinet tenders resignation amid Tahrir violence

Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead in clashes between riot police and protesters calling for urgent political reform.

# reform - Friday 18 November, 2011

Religious rule should be abolished and schools transferred from Church patronage

The Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in primary schools has recommended a number of changes to the patronage of schools in Ireland.

# reform - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Column: The Occupy protests show an overwhelming sense of entitlement

We do need radical social change – but the Occupy protesters are going about it the wrong way, writes Evert Bopp.

# reform - Saturday 29 October, 2011

Howlin hints that if Committee amendment doesn't pass... it won't be end of it

The Minister over the Oireachtas Committees amendment referendum has said today that even if it is defeated in the polls, he will be pushing on for reform.

# reform - Monday 10 October, 2011

Ireland rejects UN calls to legislate for abortion rulings

The UN publishes the outcome report of Ireland’s human rights review – revealing some 15 recommendations it is rejecting.

# reform - Thursday 6 October, 2011

In-cell sanitation, abortion and immigration discussed at UN human rights review

Alan Shatter takes questions from other UN members on Ireland’s work in progressing its laws protecting human rights.

Ireland ‘must fill serious gaps’ in human rights record

The government faces examination by the UN today, amid warnings that the most vulnerable social groups are at risk.

# reform - Thursday 29 September, 2011

Government proposes ‘far-reaching transformation’ of public sector pensions

But one trade union has strongly criticised the reforms which it is estimated will save €1.8 billion per year.

# reform - Tuesday 23 August, 2011

UN puts protest deaths at 2,200 as Syria disputes fact-finding report

Seven people were reportedly killed after a UN fact-finding mission left the restive city of Homs yesterday. The UN has criticised Syria for restricting the mission’s access.

# reform - Saturday 30 July, 2011

Syrian troops storm eastern city

Activists say anti-government protests are likely to escalate during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

# reform - Thursday 28 July, 2011

Seven Joint Labour Committees to be abolished

Only 6 out of the 13 current JLCs will survive – and while they “recognise” the “special position” of Sunday working, they can no longer set premium rates for it.

# reform - Friday 22 July, 2011

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Dáil votes to give itself more work... after seven weeks' holidays

When the Dáil returns on September 14 it will begin work earlier and sit for longer hours under a reformed system.

# reform - Thursday 14 April, 2011

Public sector "not fit-for-purpose" and in need for reform according to minister

The comments of Brendan Howlin came as it emerged that the minimum wage is to be restored to €8.65.

# reform - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats accused of spying

Expulsions come on same day Kuwait’s cabinet resigns to avoid parliamentary questions.

# reform - Monday 13 September, 2010

US and EU back Turkish constitution reform

The Turkish Prime Minister says the result is a “milestone for democracy” – the opposition begs to differ.

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