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29 Jun 2020 New three-party Cabinet faces huge and immediate issues »

New three-party Cabinet faces huge and immediate issues

Mark Brennock, our Director of Public Affairs, looks at the daunting challenges facing the new Ministers in the Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green Party Coalition and profiles each of them.   After months of political stasis, the new Taoiseach is keen to give an impression of a dynamic and fast-moving Government. The new Cabinet met on Saturday, many Ministers met their new senior officials yesterday (Sunday), and the Cabinet meets again today (Monday). The impression is of urgency and speed. To portray an image of a new, fresh government after all this time, it is also not surprising...

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23 Jun 2020 A New Green Deal »

A New Green Deal

It should not surprise anyone that the Programme for Government has a strong focus on the environment and emissions. Ireland remains one of Europe’s poorest performers in terms of tackling climate change and our obligations under EU law and the Paris Agreement mean that the next decade needs to see a radical departure from the status quo. At first glance, the Programme for Government delivers an ambitious list of objectives, which can take us from the bottom of the table to serious climate innovators.  However, this must be caveated with a relative lack of...

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