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# reform - Monday 5 November, 2012

At last: Constitutional Convention to hold first meeting in December

The first meeting of the Constitutional Convention was delayed as the Government searched for a chairperson – but it’s now set to meet at the start of December

# reform - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Howlin says new law on Oireachtas inquiries will require "careful balances"

The Minister said he was anxious to give authority back to the Oireachtas itself as opposed to the Government.

Howlin scales back plans for abolition and merging of State agencies

Though 47 measures will go ahead by the end of this year, almost half of mergers or abolitions have been deferred or postponed.

# reform - Friday 26 October, 2012

Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys

The changes to councils will reinforce the dominance of the three major parties, says Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.

# reform - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Ombudsman's role to be extended as Oireachtas approves reform bill

The government has billed the legislation as the “most significant expansion” of the Ombudsman’s powers in 30 years.

# reform - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull

Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.

Councils will be able to set their own rate of property tax

Under the plans to reform local government unveiled today, different councils will be able to set different rates.

# reform - Monday 15 October, 2012

Phil Hogan to bring local government reforms to Cabinet tomorrow

There are reports that the overhaul will include abolishing the power of councillors to overturn the decisions of planning officials.

# reform - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.

# reform - Saturday 29 September, 2012

Shortall says reforms were "blocked" by Reilly

The former minister of state said her resignation was coming for some time.

# reform - Monday 24 September, 2012

Howlin defends progress in public sector reform despite allowances hurdle

Brendan Howlin says the results of the review on public sector allowances will lead to substantial savings over time.

# reform - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Public service allowance savings targets for 2012 will not be met

Brendan Howlin has said the size of the review undertaken by his department means savings will not be realised this year.

Column: Here’s what our leaders need to deliver in the new Dáil term

Independent TD Catherine Murphy gives her take on the challenge faced by the Government.

# reform - Monday 20 August, 2012

Burma's government ends direct media censorship

Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.

# reform - Monday 9 July, 2012

Column: Ireland needs a new political party and here’s how we do it

Ireland has reached a point where the current political establishment is not serving the interests of the people, argues Martin Critten who intends to form a new party with a Citizens’ Charter.

# reform - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Column: Getting a new driver isn’t enough – this country needs repairs

We may have a different government. But without serious political reform we’re headed for another crisis, writes Oliver Moran.

# reform - Monday 23 April, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi boycotts Burma's parliament over oath

Meanwhile, the EU has announced lifting sanctions against Burma after year of political reform.

# reform - Saturday 14 April, 2012

Legal Services Bill is not an ambush on the sector, says Shatter

The Justice Minister also compared some of the legal rites of passage to those of Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts.

# reform - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Ombudsman welcomes decision to end detention of children in St Patrick’s

The decision to end the long-standing practice of housing juvenile offenders in an adult prison has been welcomed.

# reform - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million

Certified and uncertified sick days taken by civil and public service workers cost about €551.2 million per year.

# reform - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Egypt's military investigates activists including ex-Google executive

A dozen leading activists are being accused of inciting hatred against the military and trying to overthrow the government.

# reform - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Column: The public sector isn’t there to provide jobs, it’s there to work for us

Truly intelligent efficiencies would deliver more fulfilled workers as well as better services, writes Aaron McKenna.

# reform - Monday 27 February, 2012

Government publishes draft legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers

The final legislation is expected to be published by Minister Brendan Howlin later this year.

# reform - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

Column: ‘Everything local authorities touch turns into a fiasco’

The performance of local councils ranges from incompetent to corrupt – and we need them out, writes William Campbell.

Cautious welcome given to progress on constitutional convention

Interest groups have welcomed the latest reports that draft proposals on the makeup of the convention are imminent – as long as there is sufficient consultation.

# reform - Sunday 19 February, 2012

Column: Politicians can’t fix Ireland – ordinary people must take the lead

The financial crisis was sparked by a broken system. If we’re going to fix this we can’t leave it up to politicians, write Bronagh Geraghty and John Hughes.

# reform - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

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Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s Fix: household charge campaign; health service ‘reduction’; and the best way to get onto a crowded bus…

# reform - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

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Fire services call for change 31 years on from Stardust tragedy

The IFESA says that deficiencies in the fire services will cost lives.

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power

Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# reform - Saturday 11 February, 2012

Halve the size of the Dáil, says Bertie Ahern

The former taoiseach says the Dáil should be composed of 70 to 80 TDs, elected from single seat-constituencies.

# reform - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Tánaiste hopeful of 'early progress' on US visas for Irish

Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore joins Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton and Bill Clinton for a forum urging “influential friends” to invest in Ireland.

# reform - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Column: 10 reasons why Ireland should be praying for a second bailout

Cheap money, essential reforms, and a route away from gombeenism? A second bailout would have immense benefits for Ireland, argues NAMAwinelake.

# reform - Friday 6 January, 2012

Jobs Minister begins overhaul of industrial relations system

Richard Bruton today announced developments that have been made in line with promised employment rights and industrial relations reforms.

# reform - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Seanad could operate on a voluntary basis - FG Senator

Senator Catherine Noone said that Senators could work on a volunteer basis to preserve the Seanad as a “key feature of our democratic system”.

# reform - Monday 21 November, 2011

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In pictures: Egyptian cabinet tenders resignation amid Tahrir violence

Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead in clashes between riot police and protesters calling for urgent political reform.

# reform - Friday 18 November, 2011

Religious rule should be abolished and schools transferred from Church patronage

The Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in primary schools has recommended a number of changes to the patronage of schools in Ireland.

# reform - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Column: The Occupy protests show an overwhelming sense of entitlement

We do need radical social change – but the Occupy protesters are going about it the wrong way, writes Evert Bopp.

# reform - Saturday 29 October, 2011

Howlin hints that if Committee amendment doesn't pass... it won't be end of it

The Minister over the Oireachtas Committees amendment referendum has said today that even if it is defeated in the polls, he will be pushing on for reform.

# reform - Monday 10 October, 2011

Ireland rejects UN calls to legislate for abortion rulings

The UN publishes the outcome report of Ireland’s human rights review – revealing some 15 recommendations it is rejecting.