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Monthly archive March, 2012

Weekly letter | What has to change in Irish politics?

Here’s this week’s email. To sign up, enter your email address here. What do you most want to see change in Irish politics? In the wake of the Mahon Report, political reform is finally on the mainstream agenda. Two of the areas we think are most pressing are transparency and use of the whip system...

Statement | Fiscal compact debate has to be more than a party-political slagging match

Donnelly welcomes date of referendum, calls for debate to be more than just a party-political slagging match   The Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, Stephen Donnelly TD, has welcomed the announcement that the referendum on the European fiscal compact will take place on Thursday May 31. “It’s good that a date has been...

Tonight with Vincent Browne | On political reform

Stephen discusses the whip system and how it undermines Irish political integrity on Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3. The full programme, which included a discussion on developments with the promissory notes, is here. The episode he’s referring to, at the Finance Committee, is reported on here.

Constitutional Convention | Here’s what you said

UPDATE April11: As more responses have come in, we’ve added them below. I recently asked the subscribers to my weekly email what they would like to see included in the Constitutional Convention. As part of the Technical Group, I had the opportunity to contribute to the Group’s submission to the Taoiseach on this. That submission...

The Promissory Notes | Stephen questions Patrick Honohan

At the Finance Committee this week, Stephen questioned the Central Bank Governor, Patrick Honohan, on the Promissory Notes. Here’s that exchange. The full discussion is here.

Speech | Calling for greater transparency in Irish public life

Stephen calls for greater transparency in Irish politics, speaking on a bill that will give the Financial Services Ombudsman the power to name and shame offending institutions. I commend Deputy Michael McGrath for introducing this much needed Bill. It is good to see a rare episode of cross-party co-operation in the Government’s acceptance of the...