Fighting for Public Access to Online Local Council meetings

16/02/2021

In the current situation we are living through, so many things have changed – and local governance is one. Because our elected Councillors couldn’t physically meet, there were real barriers on how they would be able to govern. Thankfully, new guidelines were introduced in 2020 that made it clear that local council meetings can and should …



The Triggering of Article 16

Jim Stewart 09/02/2021

The word ‘shitstorm’ ("shitschturm")  meaning a real mess, is widely used in Germany,  for example by the German Chancellor …

Preparing for the great leap forwards

Sean McCabe 31/01/2021

The climate crisis is playing out on a landscape of global and national inequality. Countries, and communities, that lack the resources and capacity …

How can progressive policies become more politically acceptable?

Shana Cohen 12/01/2021

In an address before Thanksgiving last year, President-elect Biden stated, “Our democracy was tested this year.” He added, “What we learned is …

Every Aspect of our Lives will be Impacted by the Coming Reform of the EU's Fiscal Rules

Paul Sweeney 18/12/2020

Last March in a blog I pointed out that the inane fiscal rules of the EU "the Stability and Growth Pact" (SGP) (also called the Fiscal Rules) were to …

Is Inflation about to take off again?

Paul Sweeney 04/12/2020

Irish Consumer Prices fell by 1.5% in the year to October 2020. Euro area prices also fell in the year, by -0.3%. Irish consumer price levels are the …

The decline in inequality:

Robert Sweeney 30/11/2020

The latest CSO SILC release makes for some interesting findings. It shows that income inequality has continued to fall. This makes Ireland unusual …

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