Category Archives: Public Affairs

Oireachtas round-up

In its last month before the summer recess, the Oireachtas debated the future of the Seanad and emotive legislation on abortion, both of which tested the loyalties of backbenchers. Dáil Éireann also...

Life after austerity

David Begg sensed a major shift in European economic thinking and called for a fairer alternative as he addressed the ICTU biennial delegate conference. The tide is turning against austerity and Ireland’s...

Action on climate

An improved Climate Change Bill will help to drive a recovery for future generations, Oisín Coghlan writes. The heads of the Government’s Climate Change Bill were the subject of three full days...

Decent work

ICTU’s Macdara Doyle makes the case for decent work and not cheap, precarious and low paid work that is on the increase due to the economic crisis. We have lost some 360,000...

European Diary

Creighton aims to finalise long-term budget Ireland is aiming to finalise the long-term EU budget by the end of its presidency (30 June), Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told an...

Oireachtas round-up

Deputies and senators considered the consequences of Croke Park II, the horsemeat scandal and the impact of the property tax during Oireachtas sittings in March. Last month’s proceedings in Leinster House tended...

National data infrastructure

Frances Ruane, Director of economic think tank ESRI, highlights the importance of good data in measuring the effectiveness of the reform of public services and the need to build a cross-departmental national...

Senator Marc MacSharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc MacSharry is a party spokesman on health and sits on the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He has served in Seanad Éireann since 2002, and is a son of...