THE CHILDREN’S OMBUDSMAN received powers during the week to oversee a further 180 state bodies that she considers of interest, as legal reforms passed last year came into effect. That’s an interesting number, being 35 more quangos and state bodies than the 145 Fine Gael had promised to abolish or merge in their pre-election crusade to change politics and save the nation
THE DEATH OF the second Croke Park agreement between government and public sector unions is being billed as a great crisis.
A voluntary income tax system is not one where citizens choose whether to pay any tax at all, but instead gives the option of paying additional contributions services that go beyond the basic function of government, writes Aaron McKenna.
THE MEATH EAST by-election was always a contest between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to retain or win back a seat, but the most interesting – and surprising – show was what went on between the other parties. Aping opinion polls, Labour’s vote has collapsed and a new party, Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI), showed up and stole 6.45 per cent of the vote almost from nowhere.