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Monthly archive January, 2014
A cheaper, faster form of examinership

A cheaper, faster form of examinership

Next week the Dail will discuss legislation that i’ve drafted to make examinership quicker and cheaper for SMEs. The Companies (Amendment) Bill will protect many viable companies, jobs and exchequer revenue which would otherwise be lost. It will create a new type of examinership for small businesses with less than 50 employees and a turnover...
Politically expedient, cynical pretend reform

Politically expedient, cynical pretend reform

I spoke on the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Bill which the Government is calling an “ambitious programme of Government reform to deliver fundamental change in democratic and public governance in Ireland.” I’m calling it a sop. It’s politically expedient, cynical pretend reform. It will still see almost €16m in state funding paid mostly...
Broken promises at St. Vincent’s and Loughlinstown Hospitals

Broken promises at St. Vincent’s and Loughlinstown Hospitals

ON January 23 I demanded an immediate investigation into the under-resourcing of St. Vincent’s hospital. As part of the reconfiguration of Dublin Hospitals, assurances were given that resources would be provided to ensure St. Vincent’s could handle referrals from Loughlinstown. However, clinicians are claiming that the effective closure of Loughlinstown’s out-of-hours service has led to...
How can we improve the Charities Act?

How can we improve the Charities Act?

Last week I spoke about a Sinn Fein motion to improve the Charities Act by providing a deadline for the setting up of a regulator and adding the advancement of human rights as a charitable purpose. The Government, sadly, did not support the bill, but it did promise to have a regulator in place by...
Davos & the Price of Inequality

Davos & the Price of Inequality

The world’s uber-rich met in Davos this week for their annual shindig. One of the messages coming from the millionaires and billionaires was unexpected, and one we’d do well to heed – rising inequality is becoming a very dangerous thing. The World Economic Forum, which hosts the Davos event, has identified income inequality as the...
No McDonald's for Blacklion

No McDonald’s for Blacklion

I was delighted to hear the decision from an Bord Pleanála’s to turn down the planning permission for a McDonalds in Blacklion. The Letter is below. The proposed site for this McDonald’s was utterly inappropriate for a fast food outlet. With Childhood obesity a growing problem in Ireland, many parents were very disappointed to hear...