Senate attendance farce shows our second chamber is beyond reform

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Eamon Delaney Apparently, just 13 out of our 60 Senators showed up in the Seanad last week to hear Health Minister Simon Harris speak about the appalling cervical cancer scandal. This is absolutely shocking and shows a contempt for what couldn’t be a more crucial issue, right now gripping the country. About the same derisory number of Senators attended EU Commissioner … Read More

Ditch the shiny packaging — we just want a national wish list that is functional

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By Cormac Lucey There is an excited ritual for any family whose children are writing to Santa Claus with their requests for Christmas presents. Imagine how much more excitement there would be if your children were sending requests to the North Pole that covered presents for the next 10 years? It’s a similar ritual for politicians who get to prepare … Read More

Our Emergency Health delays are a disgrace and should be tackled for once and for all

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By Eamon Delaney I found myself back in a hospital A&E again after Christmas, this time for a dislocated shoulder. Thankfully, it was sorted out, apart from some ongoing pain and future physio. But my casualty department experience, mercifully just before the recent deluge, was a personal reminder, as all these visits are, of everything that is good and bad … Read More

Another broken promise- Leo and those vanishing tax cuts

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By Eamon Delaney, The Times.ie Its the photo that haunts Ruairi Quinn and the Irish Labour party. Quinn is at the front of gate of Trinity College signing a pledge, promising never to reintroduce fees for Third Level education, only months before such a return was mooted. Like the famous mock Tesco’s ad, which warned of hikes that Labour subsequently … Read More

Reducing construction taxes would get homes built and people housed

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By Paul Molloy This is an article about giving tax incentives to property developers to build the houses they are not currently building. The whole country is affected by this housing crisis, from couples who can’t get on the property ladder, to tenants with little security and rising rents and most importantly for the “new homeless”. The Government believe they … Read More

We need to be realistic about our housing crisis, and its different causes

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By Eamon Delaney The Government’s director for homelessness in Dublin, Eileen Gleeson, (above) has created major waves with her straight-talking comments on our ongoing housing crisis. Coming on top of the continuing insistence of the Government that Ireland’s housing crisis is ‘not much worse’ than that of many other countries, it suggests that the Taoiseach’s much-vaunted spin machine may need … Read More