Category: Democratic accountability


Political Reform Starts with Disclosure about Our Economy

Nat O'Connor 03/03/2011

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Examiner reports the not unexpected news that "Negotiators trying to hammer out a Fine Gael/Labour programme for government …

The IMF: Bringing in more transparency?

Nat O'Connor 19/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: One of the clear risks to Ireland's economy and society is that we can go back to business as usual. In fact, if we don't make any …

Crisis shedding light on the Irish state

Peadar Kirby 17/11/2010

Peadar Kirby: We may live in very exceptional times, in which the speed of how the Irish crisis is developing is literally breathtaking. Yet, for all …

Realistic Fiscal Planning Requires Much More Budget Transparency

Nat O'Connor 14/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: The BBC reports (here) that in a rare public act, Communist Party elders in China has issued a call for increased free speech, which is …

Local Government Reform

Nat O'Connor 17/08/2010

Nat O'Connor: A lot of people have heard of 'bord snip nua' and the various recommendations it made for cutting or changing public services. However, …

Can we have some more transparency please?

Slí Eile 28/04/2010

Slí Eile: In regard to Anglo-Irish Bank claims have been made that: (i) winding up would cost Ireland €70bn and (ii) defaulting on some €15bn in …

Irish versus Transparency?

Nat O'Connor 19/04/2010

Nat O'Connor: Am I the only one who was wondering why it was taking so long for the Finance Act 2010 to be publicly available? (It was signed into …

Uno duce, una voce

Nat O'Connor 05/02/2010

Nat O'Connor: I cannot allow two recent stories in the papers to go by without comment. Today's Irish Independent reports (in a story about Enda …

Finance, NTMA and FOI

Nat O'Connor 04/02/2010

Nat O'Connor: The Story (freedom of information blog) offer an insight into why the Minster for Finance transfered powers to the NTMA yesterday: "One …

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