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]

eolas issues

Industrial energy users learn what’s brewing

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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Business in brief

New Google MD

Ronan Harris has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Google Ireland. Harris (pictured) will...[full story]

ICON global innovation hub to create 200 jobs

ICON plc, a Dublin-headquartered international provider of medical outsourcing, has announced plans...[full story]

Aer Lingus CEO

Aer Lingus Group Plc has announced the appointment of its new CEO and Executive Director. Stephen Kavanagh...[full story]

Government aims for IFSC expansion

The Government has launched an ambitious strategy to inject 10,000 jobs into the IFSC over the next...[full story]

Rise in volume FDI

Between the end of 2012 and the end of 2013, the volume of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Ireland...[full story]

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Telecoms & digital government report

Bringing citizen engagement to the next level

Government, like every other industry, is changing the way it communicates and engages with its customers....[full story]

Delivering reform through ICT

Interim Government CIO Michael McGrath talks to Owen McQuade about his priorities for implementing the...[full story]

Telecoms: the state of the market

ComReg Chair Kevin O’Brien discusses the key issues facing the market and the positive trends in choice,...[full story]

Digital public services

Thomas Jakobsen, Copenhagen’s Chief Operating Officer for Culture and Leisure Administration, explains...[full story]

Digital single market can deliver for Europe

The European Commission contends that the continent has a “golden opportunity” to foster a digital...[full story]

Public Service ICT Strategy: streamlining and integration

Ciarán Galway examines plans aimed at transforming the Government’s ICT provision, including a focus...[full story]

High quality connectivity at scale

Viatel CEO Colm Piercy explains its offering to large enterprises and public sector organisations via...[full story]

M2m: the emerging potential

Networked communication between everyday items is changing the way in which we do business and live...[full story]

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Economy report

Leading on the recovery path

Writing for eolas, Minister of State Simon Harris outlines how the Government’s economic and budgetary...[full story]

Strong recovery to continue despite legacy challenges

DKM Economic Consultants produce a regular consensus forecast for the Irish economy – the DKM Economy...[full story]

Optimism for exporters

Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, details its ambitions for the future...[full story]

Reforming corporation tax

eolas examines the way forward for corporate taxation after the ‘double Irish’ scheme was restricted...[full story]

Competitiveness driving economic success

National Competitiveness Council Chairman Don Thornhill outlines his belief that competitiveness is...[full story]

Action Plan for Jobs 2015

The latest Action Plan for Jobs, published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, outlines...[full story]

Our fiscal future

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council Chief Economist Thomas Conefrey has welcomed the Government’s progress...[full story]

Strong recovery predicted for 2015

The economic recovery is set to make more progress over this year according to the most recent quarterly...[full story]

Did austerity work?

Nevin Economic Research Institute Director Tom Healy reflects on the budgetary decisions taken since...[full story]

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Corporate social responsibility report

Our commitment to CSR

Irish Rail takes its responsibilities to the world around the company’s operations seriously, with...[full story]

Putting CSR at the core of business

As the Government seeks to make Ireland a centre of excellence for corporate social responsibility,...[full story]

The gift of time

eolas considers the growing interest in volunteering and the benefits for volunteers and wider society. When...[full story]

Defining standards in CSR

The International Organization for Standardization’s framework on social responsibility (ISO 26000)...[full story]

Recycling computers changes lives

Camara takes disused computers from Ireland and uses them to help African children and teachers gain...[full story]

JP McManus honours exceptional students

The annual all-Ireland scholarship scheme, established in 2008 and sponsored by successful racehorse...[full story]

Europe’s CSR priorities

A European business network which shares best practice on corporate social responsibility is calling...[full story]

The power of volunteering

Emma Clarence, a leading consultant in social innovation, talks to eolas about why volunteering can...[full story]

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People report

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]

The real McCoy

Nineteen times champion jump jockey AP McCoy has announced his intention to retire from the sport which...[full story]

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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]

Energy union proposals unveiled

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič (pictured) has announced plans to establish a...[full story]

Youth employment plan

MEPs have debated European Commission’s latest proposals to make €1 billion of youth unemployment...[full story]

Preparing for a potential BrExit

The potential referendum on UK membership of the European Union could have long-lasting implications...[full story]

Juncker sets out 2015 plans

The Commission President has set out an ambitious work programme with a focus on output. Jean Claude...[full story]

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eolas public affairs

Clarity for public body appointments?

Always a controversial issue, appointments to public bodies have once again been in the spotlight. eolas...[full story]

Climate Bill: planning for 2050

Peter Cheney examines the Government’s Climate Bill and the calls for more detail and urgency as CO2...[full story]

Progress of a presidency

Peter Cheney reviews Michael D Higgins’ time in office to date. The President has largely avoided...[full story]

Bruton on Redmond

John Bruton views John Redmond as the forgotten leader who effectively secured Irish independence. Peter...[full story]

Kenny aims for second term

Peter Cheney reports on Fine Gael’s national conference in Castlebar, where the Taoiseach took stock...[full story]

Sinn Fein challenges for government

Ahead of an ambitious year for Sinn Féin, Derry became the latest city to play host to its ard fheis....[full story]

Oireachtas round-up

Peter Cheney reviews a month in which private member’s legislation, on a variety of issues, featured...[full story]

TTIP: an undemocratic deal

ICTU’s Macdara Doyle warns that the TTIP free trade agreement will prioritise profit over democracy. The...[full story]

Labour aims for recovery

Starting from a low position in the polls, Labour is preparing for a fight-back and hoping for a return...[full story]

Meet the media: Siobhan Bastible

TV3 presenter Siobhan Bastible has been a familiar face for viewers for over ten years now. Here she...[full story]

Political platform: Regina Doherty TD

Regina Doherty has been a Fine Gael TD for Meath East since 2011 and previously worked in the ICT sector....[full story]

Ireland needs a pay rise

Stable finances in the household are the best foundation for economic recovery, ICTU’s new General...[full story]

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