ReformCard: a tool to help voters decide

The editors and contributors behind polticalreform.ie have teamed with a large volunteer team of project managers, web designers and others to produce ReformCard a measurement tool to rank each party based on the quality of their policies on political reform.  We hope this will prove a critical instrument in informing the election 2011 debate. It…

Gemma Hussey calls for a Single Issue Group for the promotion of women in Irish Politics

(uploaded by Fiona Buckley on behalf of the PSAI Gender Politics SG)  At a conference in UCC in September (Moving in from the Margins: Women’s Political Representation in Ireland) organised by the PSAI Gender Politics Specialist Group and UCC’s Women’s Studies Programme, former Minister Gemma Hussey called for the establishment of an organisation to promote…

Labour Party’s political reform proposals

Posted by Elaine  Byrne The Labour Party published a Private Members Motion yesterday which sets out 29 separate proposals for government and public administration reform. Labour The proposals can be found here and cover a wide range of measures including cabinet confidentiality, freedom of information, whistleblowers legislation, political contributions and electoral spending limits, registration of…

Fine Gael dusts off some old policy documents to propose a reinvention of government

Post by David Farrell, November 8, 2010 Fine Gael’s latest policy document — in part a rehash of existing policies, in part some new ideas — is to be welcomed not least because it helps to keep reform on the policy agenda. While it’s launch may not have gone as smoothly as the leadership would…

O’Toole Lays His Cards on the Table

By Matt Wall Fintan O’Toole’s summary of the reforms that he proposes in his new book: ‘Enough is Enough’  advocates ’30 key steps’ to that we need to take to reform democracy in Ireland – many of which have been debated intensely on this site.  Some of these are more contested than others, there are well-rehearsed arguments on either…