Posts by Dr Colm O'Doherty

O'Doherty, Colm

Dr Colm O'Doherty

Colm O’Doherty is lecturer in the Dept of Applied Social Studies, IT Tralee. A qualified social worker with extensive practice experience, he has researched and published in the areas of social policy, child protection, domestic violence, community development, social work, family support and parenting. He is the author of A New Agenda for Family Support, Providing Services That Create Social Capital (2007) and co-editor of Community Development in Ireland: Theory, Policy and Practice (2012) and Learning on the Job: Parenting in Modern Ireland (2015). He holds a PhD from UCD.


Reform Targets for Higher Education in an Education System in Meltdown

Colm O'Doherty 13/02/2018

 Minister Bruton’s proposed reform of higher education must be set against the context of an education system which is in meltdown.  It should come as no surprise to learn that the numbers applying to train as teachers has collapsed.  Government expenditure on education as a share of GDP has fallen below the EU average since 2009. Over the …



Corporate Social Responsibility -the first casualty in Apple ‘truth fight’

Colm O'Doherty 17/09/2016

Colm O'Doherty: Viewed through a Corporate Social Responsibility lens the behaviour of the Irish State and Apple does not stand up to scrutiny. …

Unequal societies do encourage criminality

Colm O'Doherty 29/08/2012

Colm O'Doherty: According to Dan O'Brien there is no relationship between inequality and law breaking (Irish Times 24/08/12). This bogus statement is …

Scale of inequality now a drag on our economy and well-being

Colm O'Doherty 09/08/2012

Colm O'Doherty: The results from the Central Statistics Office Survey of Income and living Conditions 2010, released earlier this year, confirmed …

Our problem is not the EU - our problem is ourselves

Colm O'Doherty 29/05/2012

Colm O'Doherty: Earlier this year, in Davos, Enda Kenny spoke about moral failure and its responsibility for our economic crash. He said that easy …

Creating a smart society

Colm O'Doherty 23/03/2010

Colm O'Doherty: The grade inflation in the formal education system controversy failed to get to grips with the critical issue around what constitutes …

A disastrous approach to disaster capitalism

Colm O'Doherty 09/02/2010

Colm O'Doherty: The captivation of our Fianna Fail-led government by the Milton Friedman /Chicago School policy trinity of privatization, government …

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