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Monthly archive July, 2013
All about men at Antiroom

All about men at Antiroom

Actor and writer Mark O’Halloran, journalist and broadcaster John Byrne, Irish Times writer Patrick Freyne and myself joined Anna Carey and Sinead Gleeson on the first All-male Antiroom panel to discuss gender quotas, privilege and media sexism.
Talking to the OECD on taxation regimes and tax havens

Talking to the OECD on taxation regimes and tax havens

On July 23, 2013, the Finance sub-committee on global taxation had a skype call with Pascal Saint-Amans, the Director for the OECD’s Tax Policy and Administration. Most members of the committee wanted a straight yes or no answer on whether Ireland was a tax haven or not. But I wanted to go a little deeper...
Vision for Greystones emerges at public workshop

Vision for Greystones emerges at public workshop

There was a great turnout and huge energy at a public workshop on the Greystones Strategy on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The event was run by the steering group; the Greystones and District Chamber of Commerce, Tidy Towns, Jennifer Whitmore, Councillor Gráinne McLoughlin and myself. Over two hours attendees participated in a set of informal...
Dealing with Debt, Insolvency & Bankruptcy

Dealing with Debt, Insolvency & Bankruptcy

The new insolvency legislation is about to go live. Whilst imperfect, it means that borrowers are going to have new, meaningful options available to them by September – to restructure debts which are suffocating them, and to get on with their lives. Last Saturday I ran a ‘Debt Expo’ in Bray – a public forum...
Talking to the Insolvency Service of Ireland

Talking to the Insolvency Service of Ireland

On July 17, 2013 Lorcan O’Connor, Head of the Insolvency Service of Ireland met with the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform to give us an update on the roll-out of the Insolvency legislation. I was relieved to hear that we’re now only a number of weeks away from the Insolvency Service being...
No wasters here

No wasters here

Minister Howlin and I have discussed waste and lack of efficiency in the public sector before. The Minister claimed that it was a “con job” to consider saving money in the public sector through eliminating waste. Discussing the Government’s revised estimates for public sector spending was a chance for round two. I wanted to try...