Phil Hogan today: Fine Gael’s ‘New Politics’ plan is the most ambitious political reform package since the 1930s and will place the Citizen firmly at the centre of government, Party Environment Spokesman, Phil Hogan TD said at its launch today (Monday). See document here What do you think?
Noel Whelan’s Irish Times article on FG’s reform proposals.
The Irish Times series continues with a thoughtful article from documentary maker Nuala O’Connor. Much of the reaction has so far been a call to offer solution. O’Connor specifically mentions the 1919 Democratic Programme. An interesting exercise could be to compose a similar document relevant to the 21st century?
Elaine Byrne wrote today that “deep-seated institutional change must rebalance the relationship between the government and the Dáil….by reducing the power of the whip and allowing more issues to be decided by free votes.”
The Irish Times has begun a series on political reform with the underlying premise of renewing the Republic. MacConghail writing in the Irish Times points the finger firmly at political culture and recommends primarily the reform of local government. A wider look at how the Cabinet is actually composed may also bear fruit. Ireland is…
Eoin O’Malley 14 March 2010 The Irish Times reports today that Fine Gael in government it would bring in a major package of political reforms. These would be introduced in a package of referendums to be held on a single ‘Constitution Day’. The proposed reforms include; – the abolition of the Seanad; – a new…
Now it seems the reshuffle might throw up another novelty; that the Green leader could stand down from cabinet and allow Ciarán Cuffe take his place. While this may seem admirable in that no minister gets too comfortable (except Éamon Ryan) it would have to shorten the odds on an election this year.