Monthly Archives: December 2007

Ireland: Key Issues: 2007

KEY ISSUES FACING IRELAND

DEVELOPMENT

Overdependence on FDI

·90% of exports produced by foreign companies

·Strong competition for FDI emerging….new EU states, China, India

Existing

Multinationals

·Labour intensive activities closing and moving to lower-cost countries.

·Low level of research activity

Indigenous

Manufacturing

·No export growth in 15 years

·Low productivity

·Low research and innovation capacity

·Low international marketing capacity

Transport

Infrastructure

·Poor transportation infrastructure

·Regional intercity roads not planned to Motorway standard

·Urban underground rail

Communications Infrastructure

·Roll-out of regional/rural broadband

·Communications costs

·Energy supply/costs

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Reform of the Irish Parliament

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Seanad Eireann remains lumbered with an electoral system that is both arcane and outdated, with such limited functions that it remains on the political periphery.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...