John Perry, James Reilly & the introduction of a Register of Debt

Elaine Byrne, University of New South Wales: 23 July 2013 It is with no small irony that the Minister with responsibility for Small Business consented yesterday to a judgment for €2.47m against him and his wife at the Commercial Court over unpaid loans. John Perry’s long-running difficulties with Danske Bank raise underlying questions about Ireland’s ethics framework…

Judge Jed Rakoff on the Limits of Prosecution

Judge Jed Rakoff gave a keynote address last week to a conference hosted by the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation (CLMR) at the University of New South Wales. The influential judge from the Southern District of New York spoke about the flawed rationale for non-prosecution of offences related to the Global Economic Crisis. Judge Rakoff explained, as far as…

Are “Cultural” explanations for systemic failure sufficient?

Originally posted in the CLMR portal by Elaine Byrne (11 April, 2013) The Salz Review into Barclays shares similar findings to the Honohan and the Regling and Watson Banking Inquiries. Salz attributed the extraordinary failings at Barclays to “corporate corruption” while the Irish approach has been to focus on “group think”. “Princes and governments are far…

Bill to reduce the number of TDs

Posted by Elaine Byrne Deputy Brendan Griffin (Kerry South) has introduced a proposed amendment to the constitution which seeks to – Hold a referendum on reducing the Dail to 101 members From 100 evenly populated constituencies   Retain the PRSTV system.  Deputy Griffin says the primary purpose of the amendment is to help “ensure that…

Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill – Submissions

Posted by Elaine Byrne The Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has invited written submissions from interested groups or individuals in relation to the Heads of the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill. If you wish to make a written submission you can send it to the Clerk to the Committee at: justiceanddefence@oir.ie before the end…

Lobbying policy proposals and presentations

Posted by Elaine Byrne The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform hosted a conference on lobbying in Farmleigh recently. These presentations were made available today. Regulation of lobbying policy proposals. The presentation by Lynn Morrison, Integrity Commissioner & Lobbyists Registrar of Ontario. The presentation by Áine Stapleton, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. Minister Brendan…

Niamh Hardiman – Irish Governance In Crisis

Posted by Elaine Byrne Dr Niamh Hardiman of UCD wrote a piece yesterday for the Sunday Business Post on governance which is posted in full below. Her edited collected, Irish Governance In Crisis,  published by Manchester University Press (2012) is launched this week. Niamh Hardiman teaches in UCD School of Politics and International Relations. What…

UPDATE: Lobbying legislation

Posted by Elaine Byrne Carl O’Brien’s report in today’s Irish Times suggests that the government will implement robust legislation on lobbying. This is very welcome. The policy proposals have yet to released but include: Charities, professional bodies and commercial lobbyists will be on the register of lobbyists A two-year cooling-off period for public servants or ministers…

Lobbying legislation

Posted by Elaine Byrne The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are currently engaged in a process of consultation in order to introduce a regulatory system for lobbying in Ireland. Department officials will publish a policy paper on the process in May and the anticipated legislation is due early next year.  I believe that this is…