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# Reforms

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# dee forbes
'It's fair value for 44c a day': RTÉ boss to make direct appeal to politicians over TV licence reforms
Forbes wants the Government to take action to tackle households evading the licence fee.
# Reforms
RTÉ shelves plan to sell RTÉ Guide as part of organisation reforms
The broadcaster said expressions of interest it received did not warrant selling the magazine.
# House Prices
Minister moves to reassure public that reformed property tax will be 'affordable' and 'fair'
Due to the rapid increase in house prices, there have been concerns about the massive leap in tax homeowners will have to pay.
# Poland
High Court judge says changes in Poland have 'systematically damaged' the rule of law and breached democracy
The High Court referred an extradition case to the European Court of Justice.
# Reforms
Responsibility for three State agencies is being removed from Justice Department
The Toland Report said the department was overstretched.
'Hearing a prayer at the start of the new Dáil grated against my nerves'
In the Dáil, the charade of religious worship equals the charade of politics in its need for reform, writes Oliver Moran.
# visa factories
'Time is fast running out for rogue operators': Crackdown on English language colleges
“Retaining the status quo is simply not an option,” Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said.
# not blinking
Minister to teachers: 'Call off your strike' ... Teachers to minister: 'No'
The strike’s set to go ahead next Tuesday. And neither side is backing down.
# Irish Abroad
A Galway man is introducing Barack Obama in Chicago tonight
Obama is being introduced at a rally in Chicago by Galway man and restaurateur Billy Lawless.
# collapsed talks
Jan O'Sullivan rules out any more compromise on her Junior Cycle reforms
Teaching unions rejected a revised set of proposals today.
# Reforms
New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job
While staff in the civil service who do well will be recognised – but not with bonuses.
# A Better Way
New laws will see asylum seekers spend less time in Direct Provision
The heads of the new legislation will be brought to Cabinet within a matter of weeks.
# Junior Cert
Teachers tell minister they will continue their fight over Junior Cycle reforms
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said she wanted agreement on both sides.
# changes in the chamber
Nine months after it was saved, the Seanad is finally being reformed
The proposals are intended to improve efficiency, but don’t address who can vote in Seanad elections.
# Shatter resigns
What did Alan Shatter do in office? looks at some of the achievements – and failures – of Shatter’s tenure.
# digs
Turkish parliament passes judicial reforms... despite broken bones and bloody noses
Fighting erupted overnight between ruling party and opposition lawmakers as the bill was debated in a marathon 20-hour sitting.
# Transplant
Opt for Life campaign welcome organ donation reforms
Former Gaelic Football star Joe Brolly says the €3 million pledged for a state of the art organ donation system will save lives.
# Britain
Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need'
Free bus travel, free television licences, heating bill payments – one Conservative minister in Britain has suggested rich pensioners may not need them all.
# Dáil Reform
'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform
The whip system – where TDs must vote with their party position or risk expulsion – is the subject of some debate in political circles but immediate reform, ahead of potentially divisive abortion debate, appears unlikely.
# Reforms
Committee set up to help with local government reforms
The reforms will see changes to local government, including the merger of some city and county councils.
# Consultants
Howlin: 'We would expect people invited by Labour Court to turn up'
The Minister was speaking after it emerged the Irish Hospital Consultants Association will not be attending reform talks in the Labour Court on Thursday.
# local government
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.
# local government
Significant reforms will see planning powers of councillors curtailed
Minister Phil Hogan said he wanted to remove the possibility of councillors abusing their power.
# local government
Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31
That will see the number of council seats reduced from 1,627 to 950.
# Good hustle
Ireland making 'such good progress on all fronts' - Van Rompuy
European Council president Herman Van Rompuy had some kinds words for us in Italy yesterday.
# Euro
Greece 'committed' to reforms to avert bankruptcy
The country’s Finance Minister warned the next few weeks are crucial for the country’s future in the euro.
# North Korea
Generation of North Koreans 'stunted and malnourished'
That is the view of the United Nations, which said nearly a third of North Korean children under the age of 5 show signs of stunting. 16 million North Koreans rely on food rations.
# French elections
France's Socialist Party poised to take parliamentary majority
President Francois Hollande’s parliamentary majority will give him the opportunity to push through budget and tax reforms, and to move away from austerity towards growth.
# Burma
Japan to forgive €2.8 billion of Burma's debt
Japan is to take steps to forgive about 300 billion yen (€2.8 billion) of Burma’s debt and resume development aid in a bid to support democratic and economic reforms in the country.
# Social Welfare
Tougher sanctions on way for jobseekers
The Government is looking at ways to impose tougher penalty sanctions on jobseekers who do not take advantage of all employment opportunities.
# Retirements
McCarthy bemoans Government's "ham-fisted" public retirement scheme
The chairman of An Bord Snip Nua attacks the “very poorly designed” system which may leave the public sector understaffed.
# Public Sector
Howlin: 'Foolish' to say there won't be problems with public sector exodus
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has admitted he can’t guarantee there won’t be individual problems caused by the exodus of public sector workers at the end of the month.
# Anti-Putin
Massive protests take place in Russia over alleged election fraud
Tens of thousands of Russians have taken to the streets of Moscow to protest against alleged election fraud.
# Public Sector
Government to unveil public service reform plans
The public service reforms to be announced will see less of a reduction in staff numbers in the public sector than had been pledged in the programme for government.
# Egypt
Thousands take to streets of Cairo for "second revolution" in Egypt
The demonstrators were calling for Egypt’s military rulers to speed up the pace of democratic reforms in a country that is still charting its political future.