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Monthly archive July, 2014
Talking Politics with Hugh Linehan

Talking Politics with Hugh Linehan

I had a great chat with Hugh Linehan of the Irish Times on July 30, 2014. We discussed the political landscape, what it’s like being an Independent TD and what the prospects are for any new Irish political parties.
Discussing the promissory notes in the Central Bank

Discussing the promissory notes in the Central Bank

On Friday, July 25, I met with Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan to discuss the debt formerly known as the Promissory Notes. I visited the Central Bank as part of a delegation of TDs and MEPs, which included Nessa Childers and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, and protestors from Ballyhea. The promissory notes debt hasn’t gone away,...
Only by creating new parties will we get real change

Only by creating new parties will we get real change

The sense of things at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal this week was a resignation that politics in Ireland is never going to change. Despite overwhelming evidence to support that conclusion, we must, and we can, prove it wrong. We must, because it’s only by modernising the business of politics that we can provide...
Talking about reform at the MacGill Summer School

Talking about reform at the MacGill Summer School

I was delighted to be invited to speak at the MacGill Summer School this July. The theme was whether we can meet the challenges ahead without fundamental reform of our politics and institutions. My theory was that all reform of institutions (educations, HSE, the Dail, etc.) are hamstrung by the lack of reform we’ve seen...
More must be done for thousands of households in Mortgage arrears

More must be done for thousands of households in Mortgage arrears

The Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has issued a report on the mortgage arrears resolution process. It highlights the inadequacies of the Government’s response to date. The Government’s failure to act decisively means we have turned an economic crisis into a human one. As legislators, we’ve been failing those in debt. We...
The HSE must minimise cuts to St. Catherine’s

The HSE must minimise cuts to St. Catherine’s

A number of parents have been in touch with me stating that the HSE will be making higher than expected cuts to the budget of St.Catherine’s. I have been working closely with senior management in both St.Catherine’s and the HSE since it emerged that core funding was to be cut. I have also spoken Directly...