KEY ISSUES FACING IRELAND
Overdependence on FDI
·90% of exports produced by foreign companies
·Strong competition for FDI emerging….new EU states, China, India
·Labour intensive activities closing and moving to lower-cost countries.
·Low level of research activity
·No export growth in 15 years
·Low research and innovation capacity
·Low international marketing capacity
·Poor transportation infrastructure
·Regional intercity roads not planned to Motorway standard
·Urban underground rail
·Roll-out of regional/rural broadband
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Seanad reform: first step towards transforming the Oireachtas
Seanad Eireann remains lumbered with an electoral system that is both arcane and outdated, with such limited functions that it remains on the political periphery. These are the broad findings of Mary O’Rourke’s Seanad Committee that recommended a well-conceived set of proposals for Seanad reform in 2003.
The prospect of government paying any more attention to these proposals than it did to the succession of 11 previous reports, dating from 1928, seemed remote. But Minister John Gormley has moved swiftly and decisively towards addressing Seanad reform and taking on board a range … Continue reading...