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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.
A chat with Marian Finucane

A chat with Marian Finucane

On Saturday November 2, 2013 I was on the Marian Finucane Show on RTE 1 discussing how I went from engineering to working in as a business analyst in London and how I got into politics.
Five ways to fix the Health Service

Five ways to fix the Health Service

In the United States, healthcare is referred to as the ‘third rail’ of politics. The saying comes from the subway system, where the third rail is the one with the electricity going through it. Hence the analogy – if you touch it, you’re dead. A phrase with which Minister for Health James Reilly can probably...