Category Archives: Issues

Mother and baby homes inquiry

A commission of investigation into the treatment of residents in mother and baby homes will be led by Judge Yvonne Murphy. Judge Murphy led the inquiry into child abuse in the Catholic...

Uneven fall in unemployment

Regional unemployment rates indicate that the jobs recovery is concentrated in the Dublin commuter belt and the Cork area. The most recent figures were published in the Quarterly National Household Survey covering...

Climate role for Robinson

Former President Mary Robinson has been appointed as a UN Special Envoy for Climate Change. Serving alongside Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg and former President of Ghana John Kufuor, her first task is...

New phase for Cabinet

Peter Cheney sums up the main priorities and challenges for the reshaped Cabinet. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD (FG) Three years into his term of office, Enda Kenny’s position appears relatively secure....

New supply needed to counter housing costs

The Economic and Social Research Institute’s David Duffy reviews the differences between the Dublin and non-Dublin property markets and considers the need for increased supply. Over the past 20 years, Ireland has...

Leading procurement reform

Chief Procurement Officer Paul Quinn discusses the procurement reform journey to date, the lessons learned and the next steps with Owen McQuade. Reform, as Paul Quinn recalls, became a key part of...

Obituary: Albert Reynolds

Obituary: Albert Reynolds 3 November 1932 – 21 August 2014 An Taoiseach 1992 – 1994 Albert Reynolds’ upbringing was a humble and hard-working one. A self-made problem-solver, to whom the trappings of...

The corporation tax debate

Peter Cheney reviews Barack Obama’s comments and objectives on profit-shifting and the different responses from Ireland’s policy-makers. Vocal criticism of “magically” Irish companies by Barack Obama has highlighted Ireland’s corporation tax rate...