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People Deserve Better from Government

Posted on May 20, 2016

Patricia King - Congress General Secretary
Patricia King
Congress General Secretary

General Secretary Patricia King outlnes the key policy prioriteies that Congress has put to the new government. (The full document Policy Priorities for Workers is available to download ) 

The new government may fall short on numbers, but it cannot afford to fall short on ambition. 

Their ambition should be as big and bold as that which inspired the revolutionary generation of men and women we are now commemorating. 

Too many lives have been scarred over recent years; too high a price paid by working people – and those denied work – for a crisis not of their making.

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FIRST STEPS

Posted on March 16, 2016

Dr Peter Rigney
Dr Peter Rigney

Dr. Peter Rigney looks at the problems that bedevil childcare in Ireland and outlines how we can move to a high-quality, acessible and affordable model

‘Policy failure’ is a polite term used to describe the inability or unwillingness of governments and assorted lawmakers to deliver solutions to pressing problems, or to anticipate and avert disaster.

The banking crisis and our resulting economic collapse was a policy failure of epic proportions, even if a succession of inquiries and reports has, as yet, failed to apportion blame and suitable punishment.

The homeless crisis is another, more recent example of a systemic political inability to act decisively when there is pressing and obvious social need.

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