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Betrayed by Victorian era debtors' prison mentality

Betrayed by Victorian era debtors’ prison mentality

Last week, thousands of Irish families had their mortgages sold, at large discounts, to foreign companies. As a result, many men, women and children will be needlessly evicted, many lives will be needlessly destroyed, and the profits generated in the process will leave the country. All of this could have been avoided by the Government....
He has done the State much service, but Shatter must go.

He has done the State much service, but Shatter must go.

The question of the week is ‘Will Alan Shatter survive?’ It’s been non-stop. Was the apology too little, too late? Can the Taoiseach lose one of his inner circle? How badly will this damage Fine Gael? Will Labour continue to prop up its liberal champion? Did Leo know what he was starting? Will Alan Shatter...
Anti-Pantigate Legislation

Anti-Pantigate Legislation

On March 5, 2014, I introduced legislation that would change the Broadcasting Act to prevent litigious-minded groups and individuals from shutting down public debate. The Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2014 removes any reference to the term “offence” from Section 39 of the Broadcasting Act, as a result, Broadcasters would no longer have to ensure that nothing...
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...
Irish Water: More public money flushed down the toilet

Irish Water: More public money flushed down the toilet

THE Dáil got back to work on Wednesday, with the Irish Water fiasco making it feel to many that nothing has changed since the bad ol’ days of Fianna Fail. We have different parties in power, but the Government’s approach to Irish Water makes it crystal clear that the ‘democratic revolution’ was just another empty...
Who should be exempt from Freedom of Information?

Who should be exempt from Freedom of Information?

Myself and Minister Brendan Howlin discuss the need for exemptions in the new Freedom of Information legislation. I’m not sure why exemptions are needed given that the legislation also covers commercial sensitivity, so I asked the Minister. His answers offered little clarity.