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For good government, we must put our houses in order

For good government, we must put our houses in order

The make-up of the 32nd Dail presents a rare opportunity to break the deadlock on some very important issues, like healthcare and political reform. From one perspective, we’ve just had a momentous election. For the first time ever, the two big establishment parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, have received less than half the national...
Our Manifesto

Our Manifesto

Today we are launching our very first policy manifesto. It’s called Building a Better Future, 2016-2026. The manifesto sets out our position and approach to a wide variety of topics, under three core pillars: Tackling Corruption Building an Irish National Health Service Demanding Responsible Economics The manifesto is a ‘working document’ that we will update...
Let's heed the warnings before we lose another decade

Let’s heed the warnings before we lose another decade

This week, the European Commission joined the growing number of Irish commentators warning Ireland of the dangers of cutting the tax base and failing to invest. The draft Post-Programme Surveillance Report made its way into the public domain, and points to a raft of risks for the recovery. If we ignore them and blindly repeat...
Our mortgage arrears crisis can and must be resolved

Our mortgage arrears crisis can and must be resolved

The problem is causing untold pain and suffering to huge numbers of people, but it can be addressed. A well-known communications firm is seen roaming the halls of the Department of Finance, being asked for advice on the mortgage crisis. Cabinet agrees to rush through changes to the bankruptcy regime before Christmas – changes the...
A Better Dart for Greystones

A Better Dart for Greystones

  Irish Rail have published draft changes to the 2016 commuter service, the commute for Greystones users is getting longer, with no additional Darts. The new schedule means: More Darts for everyone EXCEPT Greystones NO increase in the weekend service for Greystones LATER departure times from Greystones e.g. 8am Dart will leave at 8.04am under new proposals – meaning arrival...
Resolving the Mortgage Crisis

Resolving the Mortgage Crisis

The Social Democrats have today announced their plans to resolve the mortgage crisis. The policy paper, which was developed with input from David Hall of IMHO and others is designed to minimise the number of repossessions, ensure borrowers receive fair treatment, ensure appropriate solutions are offered on a case by case basis, and minimise on-going...