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#Reform

# reform - Saturday 3 January, 2015

Opinion: The Government's pretence about reform fell away at the first genuine challenge

The response to the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention on political reform reveals the truth about the Government’s attitude to democracy.

# reform - Friday 5 December, 2014

Is An Garda Síochana broken beyond repair? 'No, it can be fixed'

The Minister for Justice has stressed that reforms will be put in place.

# reform - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Government: Fianna Fáil is wrong, new state board rules WILL apply to Irish Water

The Department of Public Expenditure denied there was a loophole in the new guidelines.

# reform - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Terminally ill patients will no longer have their medical cards reviewed

An array of changes to the medical card system were announced today.

# reform - Friday 21 November, 2014

Irish undocumented migrants in the USA could be able to visit home

President Obama has offered undocumented migrants protection from deportation.

# reform - Thursday 6 November, 2014

Our ageing population 'risks a poor quality of life' unless action is taken now

A major new study has warned that urgent reform is needed.

# reform - Saturday 1 November, 2014

Opinion: Attempts to reform the civil service (again) may simply waste more money

The only effective public sector reform is privatisation.

# reform - Saturday 11 October, 2014

Fitzgerald: 'We need to confront deficiencies and bad practices in An Garda Síochána'

New reforms are on the way, with many to be enacted in this Oireachtas term.

# reform - Sunday 5 October, 2014

Vatican looks to reform church's stance on 'living in sin', marriage, and divorce

Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church must address the present gulf between what it currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.

# reform - Friday 3 October, 2014

Anyone with a reinstated discretionary medical card 'need not worry' Leo

Anyone with a reinstated discretionary medical card 'need not worry'

The Minister for Health said he will bring a series of proposals to Cabinet in the coming weeks on discretionary medical card reform.

# reform - Friday 19 September, 2014

Direct provision protests gain momentum as residents of another Cork centre say no more

Nasc said that public support to end direct provision is growing.

# reform - Sunday 3 August, 2014

Howlin wants to know what you think about public bodies sharing data

A public consultation process has been announced ahead of the publication of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill.

# reform - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Direct Provision: 'None of us can stand over it, it's just not acceptable'

Junior Minister Aodhan O’Riordain said he is responsible now and he wants to change the system.

# reform - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

'No questions about it, the Free Travel pass is safe'

However, a review is taking place, something which Joan Burton makes “no apology” about it.

# reform - Monday 30 June, 2014

Obama says he won't wait any longer for immigration reform

Obama said there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today.

# reform - Friday 20 June, 2014

Garda Commissioner admits 'listening hasn't always been a priority'

Nóirín O’Sullivan has told a justice reform conference: “I can’t guarantee perfection on my watch, but I can give it a good try.”

# reform - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

The ten commandments for a better civil service

If they were good enough for Moses…

The RA thinks Irish Cabinets are like the Leitrim football team, and it wants changes

Term limits for ministers, performance-related pay, and giving everyone a say on the Budget… The Reform Alliance has a lengthy political wish-list.

# reform - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Six outside experts appointed to conduct review of Department of Justice

The findings of the review are expected to determine if Brian Purcell will remain as the secretary-general at the Department.

# reform - Sunday 1 June, 2014

From today there are just 31 local authorities in Ireland

New reforms in local government mean councils will have greater policy development powers and a clearer role in economic development.

# reform - Thursday 29 May, 2014

Minister Quinn invites teachers unions to talk on junior cycle reform, ASTI welcome the invite

The new junior cert is being phased in from September to incoming first year students.

# reform - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Catch-up Wednesday: 3 midweek longreads

Get up to speed with the latest news, opinions and insights with our hand-picked in-depth reads.

# reform - Monday 28 April, 2014

Here's what Ireland's new system of postcodes will look like

The format of the seven-digit Eircode has been detailed.

# reform - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?

Reforms expected to be announced later today could make it easier for children to opt-out.

# reform - Monday 21 April, 2014

State Claims Agency doubles its remits to save €4 million

It now covers bodies such as the Criminal Assets Bureau, Nama, and the Labour Court.

Leaving Cert could see major overhaul with proposed new grading scale

The number of grading bands would be reduced from 14 to eight.

# reform - Friday 18 April, 2014

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions Political Reform This post contains videos

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions

TDs have complained that there is a false impression being created that politicians are not at work because they are absent from the Dáil chamber.

# reform - Monday 14 April, 2014

New Leaving Cert science course poses risk to "high standards" of education

It could also hamper Ireland’s chances of attracting foreign direct investment, experts say.

# reform - Monday 7 April, 2014

Dozens of retired civil servants receive pensions worth €100k

Minister Brendan Howlin has revealed that 35 receive pensions worth €100,000, with five of those being €118,000.

# reform - Monday 31 March, 2014

Google's antitrust case develops as major consumer group joins case

The European Consumer Organisation has applied to be a formal complainant in the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google and its search policy.

# reform - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Obama proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

Under the proposals, telephone data will stay in the hands of phone companies, while the NSA would require permission from a judge to obtain specific records.

# reform - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Chief Executive appointed to new Charities Regulatory Authority

Minister Alan Shatter said the Charities Act gives the framework needed to increase transparency and accountability across the charities sector.

# reform - Sunday 23 February, 2014

'Trust of the community' needed if Dublin A&E closures go ahead

“We shouldn’t be scared of reform,” the Irish Patients Association said, following reports that a number may close.

# reform - Monday 17 February, 2014

Teacher shortage in new subjects as second-level student numbers to rise

School principals said they need to start planning now to ensure that teachers are qualified to teach the subjects that are in demand.

# reform - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system

More than 60 per cent of members also supported the introduction of ‘family-friendly’ hours for TDs.

# reform - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Mental health posts unfilled, while 413 children wait on appointments

Figures obtained by Fianna Fáil’s Colm Keaveney shows that 24 posts have been filled out of 79 specifically allocated for children.

# reform - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Creighton: I did not approach Peadar Tóibín about Reform conference

The TD said today that she did not make any approach to Tóibín, despite what he is alleged to have said on radio last week.

# reform - Friday 24 January, 2014

“There are some very good ministers and some very poor ones”

Lucinda Creighton today took aim at her former cabinet colleagues.

# reform - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said he “would’ve loved” if the working group on junior certificate reform could have met last year but ASTI made that impossible.

# reform - Saturday 18 January, 2014

ASTI and TUI to ballot members on non-cooperation with new Junior Cert

The unions say teachers’ concerns over the planned revamp of the junior cycle aren’t being addressed.