Parliament must lead and ask serious questions of itself « politicalreform.ie


Parliament must lead and ask serious questions of itself « politicalreform.ie: Legislation properly “scrutinised” and that all voices are heard. It is how these things are done that counts.?

Public Inquiry · Standards in Public Office Commission rejects complaint against Minister Quinn


Public Inquiry · Standards in Public Office Commission rejects complaint against Minister Quinn: This type of loophole legislation does not appear out of thin air.
It is very carefully drafted by professional civil servants working with the best legal advice and the full approval of the body politic.
Such loose, weak legislation is only one aspect of an all-embracing culture of secrecy, obfuscation, denial and non-cooperation that has created an environment where political and business corruption thrives.?

Claire Loftus


Claire Loftus: In 2009 she was selected for the post of Head of Directing Division within the Office of the DPP . This division makes all prosecutorial decisions on files submitted by investigative agencies. Claire Loftus also holds an MSc degree in Public Sector Management from Trinity College Dublin (2002) and a Higher Diploma in European Law from UCD (1996).

Comment: Rejection of Treaty would be recognition of disastrous austerity policies not working. | Joe Higgins.ie


Comment: Rejection of Treaty would be recognition of disastrous austerity policies not working. | Joe Higgins.ie: Last week in a hard hitting, syndicated column, he referred to the New York Times reporting on the tragedy of people taking their own lives in Europe over unemployment and financial difficulties.?

Denham J – Stare Decisis Hibernia


Denham J – Stare Decisis Hibernia: Point of law of exceptional public importance?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Prosperity on RTE last night


ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Prosperity on RTE last night: “But the basic shape, a marginalised youth with nowhere to go, is that of what was meant to be a breakthrough social-realist drama, first screened by RTÉ in 1971. Brian MacLochlainn’s A Week in the Life of Martin Cluxton followed a Dublin kid released from an industrial school and finding that he belongs nowhere in an indifferent city. The two films even share the same political subtext, drawing attention to those left behind by a long economic boom and to the State’s carelessness of those who need it most.”?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Abbey Theatre – Amharclann na Mainistreach


ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Abbey Theatre – Amharclann na Mainistreach: “Vanessa O’Connell will present the character ‘A’ (played by Andrea Irvine), Amanda Coogan ‘B’ (Kate Brennan), and Darren Byrne will interpret Karl Shiels as ‘C’ in this exhilarating production. This style of one-on-one character interpretation is a first at the Abbey Theatre. It represents an exciting development in the sign language interpretation of theatre and performance, allowing the interpreters to be true to the actors onstage as well as to the words of the playwright. Certainly O’Rowe, who has also written screenplays for the hit Irish films Intermission and Boy A, has a unique and vivid manner of storytelling that lends itself perfectly to this format. His gripping tale of singing serial killers, avenging angels and lovesick demons promises to leave audiences clinging to the edge of their seats.”?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Medb Ruane: Misery isn’t a strong enough word for the conditions in our mental health institutions – Medb Ruane, Columnists – Independent.ie


ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Medb Ruane: Misery isn’t a strong enough word for the conditions in our mental health institutions – Medb Ruane, Columnists – Independent.ie: “‘What Miriam saw was squalor masquerading as healthcare and ‘fear of retribution’ silencing people’s critical voices.’ADVANCING THE LINGUISTIC RIGHTS OF THE IRISH DEAF COMMUNITY,BY PAUL O CONNELL.(THE DESPAIR OF SILENCE)BY B.O’CONNELL?”THE REAL REASONS PROJECT?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Paul O’Connell: School of Law: University of Leicester


ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Paul O’Connell: School of Law: University of Leicester: “”Anxious Scrutiny in the Irish Courts: Too Little, Too Late?’’CRIME AND ITS’TRUE’CAUSES?'”THE”REAL”REASONS PROJECT?

Investigative Journalism Summer School 2012 – The Story


Investigative Journalism Summer School 2012 – The Story: For the past couple of years I have attended the rather excellent Investigative Journalism Summer School in London run by the CIJ. It’s on again this year on July 6th to July 8th. Knowing that a large amount of Irish journalists subscribe to this blog I would encourage them (and others!) to attend. The cost if you book before May 4 is just £260 for three full days training – a bargain. The first year I was there, there were three journalists from Ireland, including myself. The second year there were five including myself – perhaps this year we can get it do a dozen?OR MAYBE 13?

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