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Monthly archive April, 2011

Bank Funding: The Irish Situation

The IIEA have produced an excellent graphic from illustrating the facts and figures at play ahead of the stress test discussion today. You can see the full size image and the full explanation by the always excellent Karl Whelan on the IIEA blog.

Wanted: A Referendum on the Bank Bailout

On Tuesday I spoke in the Dáil in the support of the technical group’s first Dáil motion. The technical group moved to call a national referendum providing the Irish people the opportunity to accept or reject the bank bailout and the EU-IMF loan package arrangement. This was the speech I gave on Tuesday evening urging...

Wastefulness of Government Spending

On last night’s Vincent Browne show I referenced the fact that we are currently rated 93rd in the world for public spending effectiveness, behind countries like Zambia and Mozambique. Although the figure is both shocking and disgraceful, it should also be viewed with optimism. With the publication of the McCarthy report yesterday we saw that...

Minister’s Questions: Palliative Care

Every week the technical group has a chance to ask priority questions to one government minister. This week Stephen had the opportunity to put a question to the Minister for Health and Children which he used to raise the topic of palliative and end of life care.