Corrib: securing Ireland’s energy future

Shell Ireland’s Managing Director, Ronan Deasy, discusses the benefits of Corrib gas with Owen McQuade and the scope for improving regulation for strategic energy projects. The development of the Corrib gas field will improve our energy security in uncertain times, according to Shell’s Managing Director in Ireland, but Ireland needs to allow for more collaboration in how it regulates the energy sector. “I’ve come back to Ireland after quite a long time away,” Ronan Deasy relates. Twenty-five years since he left Cork to join Shell, returning home...[full story]

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Industrial energy users conference

Energy remains a key priority for Irish businesses and a recent Ibec conference briefed customers on the main trends affecting prices and supply. Nearly...[full story]

A bridge too far?

Scrutiny of the Government’s JobBridge scheme has continued with the release of a new study. Impact, the largest public sector trade union, has...[full story]

Tackling burglary

The new Criminal Justice Bill aims to restrict bail for repeat offenders and deter break-ins. One of the lingering consequences of the downturn...[full story]

Statement prompts election speculation

Peter Cheney reports on the Spring Statement, which aims to set the tone for the economic debate in advance of an early election. The Government’s...[full story]

Applying behavioural science to policy

Pete Lunn considers the pros and cons of the behavioural insight approach and its potential to improve policy outcomes for citizens. In late January,...[full story]

Tourism policy overhauled

eolas outlines the key priorities in the Government’s 2015-2025 tourism strategy. While tourism has remained a vital component of the economy...[full story]

Closing the gaps

eolas summarises the ESRI evaluation of support for disadvantaged students and the scope for further improvement. Delivering Equality of Opportunity...[full story]

Government presses on with plain packaging

Ireland has become the second country in the world to pass legislation which will enforce plain packaging for tobacco products. Signed into law...[full story]

Referenda confirmed for May

The Government will hold two referenda on Friday 22 May – one on same-sex civil marriage and the other on the reduction of the minimum age of...[full story]

No settlement on junior cycle reform

The Government has again clashed with teaching unions over draft proposals aimed at resolving junior cycle reform dispute. The draft plan was produced...[full story]

Irish Water strategic plan

Irish Water has published a draft programme for the delivery of water services in Ireland: the Water Services Strategic Plan. The document contains...[full story]

Putting the citizen at the centre

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, TD talks to Owen McQuade about how delivering on energy and broadband policy...[full story]

Independence call for parole system

Research into the parole system suggests that board members should make the final decisions rather than the Minister alongside a more structured...[full story]


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Alan Barrett to lead ESRI

Professor Alan Barrett has been appointed as the new...[full story]

SiteServ review commences

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has published the...[full story]

Ó Ríordáin takes on drug portfolio

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has been appointed...[full story]

1916 centenary plans announced

The Government has unveiled an extensive programme...[full story]

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Business in brief

Jobs boost in leisure and ICT

One thousand permanent jobs are due to be created in Longford when UK resort operator Center Parcs opens...[full story]

Go digital

Small businesses need to gear up for e-commerce and embrace opportunities for innovation in the digital...[full story]

Business costs increasing

The weakness of the euro is masking increases in domestic costs, according to the National Competitiveness...[full story]

Gulf and India trade mission

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton has completed a nine-day trade and investment mission to the Gulf...[full story]

Ibec raises forecast

The Q1 Economic Outlook from Ibec has forecast 5.4 per cent growth in Irish GDP in 2015 – up from...[full story]

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Energy Report

Smart grids: Ireland’s energy opportunity

EirGrid hosted a round table discussion on the development of smart grids and how this promising technology...[full story]

EU electricity market reform

Eurelectric markets adviser Charlotte Renaud examines the role of European electricity market reform...[full story]

EirGrid revisits network strategy

EirGrid has reiterated the importance of its grid development strategy while introducing new alternatives...[full story]

DCENR sets out strategy

The publication of the energy white paper this autumn will be the most significant policy milestone in...[full story]

Integrated and efficient electricity

Barriers at Europe’s borders need to fall if customers are to benefit from a single electricity market....[full story]

A comprehensive consultancy

Dalkia’s full integration with Veolia will bring an innovative approach to energy, water and resource...[full story]

Bringing the wind with us

National Economic and Social Council policy analyst Jeanne Moore explains how genuine consultation with...[full story]

An energy crossroads

Michael McKernan sums up the main points of the energy green paper, which lays the foundations for a...[full story]

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Health & care care services report

Transport’s paradigm shift

Recovery is creating new challenges on our roads and railways, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe...[full story]

A tobacco-free Ireland

Ciarán Galway explores the challenges faced by the Government as it continues its crusade against smoking. Each...[full story]

Adding real value in health

Technopath is ‘putting MEAT on the bone’ by driving true value through public procurement in the...[full story]

Towards universal healthcare

Free GP care is to be introduced for the youngest and oldest in society. Children aged under six will...[full story]

The National Healthlink Project

An overview of how the HSE project’s work streamlines administration for general practitioners and...[full story]

Emergency relief

The Emergency Department Taskforce’s report sets out how to reduce A&E overcrowding. Emergency...[full story]

Medical nutrition: improving healthcare outcomes?

Fiona Rafferty, Director of Medical Affairs with Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, talks to eolas...[full story]

Mental health rethink

A major review of current mental health legislation proposes to end the administration of ECT to unwilling...[full story]

Children in care: new standards set

eolas examines the HIQA’s new guidelines for standards within special care units. One hundred and three...[full story]

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Transport Report

EU transport policy: the road ahead

eolas sums up the European Commission’s transport objectives for the next five years. European Commission...[full story]

Maritime safety shore-up

A new strategy aims to reduce fatalities and emphasises personal responsibility for safety at sea. In...[full story]

Future of land transport

Laura Behan outlines the Strategic Framework for Investment in Land Transport (SFILT)’s main findings. As...[full story]

The future of public transport

As Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum, José Viegas has a detailed understanding...[full story]

Why we travel

The Independent Transport Commission’s General Secretary, Matthew Niblett, explains how research is...[full story]

Road safety: the next steps

The Road Traffic Bill will allow for a clampdown on drug driving and extend powers to penalise distracted...[full story]

Reassessing Dublin’s transport strategy

Projected increases in the figures for passenger journeys, population numbers and economic activity...[full story]

Cutting down on speed

The Jake’s Legacy campaign will lead to councils having the option of introducing 20kph speed limits. A...[full story]

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People report

Keeping an eye on farming life

Irish Farmers Journal picture editor Jack Caffrey is a familiar face out and about in the countryside...[full story]

A force for change

Artist Rita Duffy talks to Owen McQuade about her work and her belief that art can be a force for change. I...[full story]

A taste of Ireland in Paris

The Centre Culturel Irlandais showcases the arts from all parts of the island in the French capital....[full story]

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Cañete sets out gas priorities

Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has reiterated his call for the implementation...[full story]

GM product review launched

The European Commission has launched a review into the decision-making process on genetically modified...[full story]

Europe’s future is digital

Europe’s digital single market strategy will be published later this month, Digital Economy and Society...[full story]

New Irish judge for ECHR

Síofra O’Leary has been elected as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary...[full story]

A Greek odyssey: debt and election

Alex Tsipras’ election on an anti-austerity agenda is the latest phase in an arduous journey which...[full story]

Establishing a capital markets union

The capital markets union is a programme intended to create deeper and more integrated capital markets...[full story]

2015 poses new challenges

MEPs Brian Hayes (Fine Gael) and Lynn Boylan (Sinn Féin) have discussed the challenges facing the European...[full story]

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eolas public affairs

Effective stakeholder engagement

Billy Morrissey outlines the best practice for getting citizens and interest groups on board when delivering...[full story]

Political Platform

Anne Ferris is Labour’s TD for Wicklow and Vice-Chair of the Oireachtas Justice, Defence and Equality...[full story]

Meet the media

Hugh O’Connell is the political editor of He occasionally lectures in journalism and...[full story]

Lobbying under scrutiny

eolas explains how the new registration system works. Ireland’s first formal register of lobbyists...[full story]

Oireachtas round-up

The economy was a strong running theme throughout the last month at Leinster House. The Government was...[full story]

Streamlining Seanad Éireann

The Seanad reform working group has proposed a major restructuring of the second chamber. In a first...[full story]

An ethical revolution

The President has hosted a major seminar to review the opportunities and challenges faced in establishing...[full story]

Support for small farmers

The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee has called for more action to ensure that new Grocery Regulations...[full story]

Into the nexus

Scrutiny of the financial crisis will intensify in coming months as the Banking Inquiry explores the...[full story]

Soldiers of destiny march on

In 2011 Fianna Fáil felt the full wrath of a furious electorate. Four years on, with its declining support...[full story]

Fair work and a real recovery

ICTU’s Macdara Doyle puts the case for higher wages and improved conditions as a foundation for a better...[full story]

Investment Plan for Europe

Europe’s economy is recovering but investment remains at mid-recession levels. Peter Cheney summarises...[full story]

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