7 Feb, 2024

Policy Making in Northern Ireland in 2024

2024-02-12T09:24:39+00:00February 7th, 2024|Blog, News, Policy, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Policy Making in Northern Ireland in 2024

With the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and the Assembly, the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) can now engage more fully in the development and implementation of public policies. It will be helped by a practical guide that had already been commissioned by the Northern Ireland Departments to provide […]

5 Jan, 2024

New Guidelines for Public Investment Management in Ireland

2024-01-05T11:07:36+00:00January 5th, 2024|Blog, News, Public Spending Code, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on New Guidelines for Public Investment Management in Ireland

New Guidelines for Public Investment Management in Ireland

New guidelines for public investment management came into effect on the 1st of January 2024. The are simply called ‘Infrastructure Guidelines’ and they largely replace the previous ‘Public Spending Code’. The new guidelines can be accessed from https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/e8040-infrastructure-guidelines/  In addition, there is […]

15 Nov, 2023

Green Public Procurement in Ireland

2023-11-15T11:32:37+00:00November 15th, 2023|Blog, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Green Public Procurement in Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report which found that only 24% of Government Department contracts in 2021 had used environmental criteria. This is despite a large number of EU and Irish initiatives to encourage the use of environmental criteria in public procurement processes. We consider […]

14 Nov, 2023

Ahead of our 2023 Public Procurement Conference, The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, our esteemed sponsors, have compiled an article providing insights into their role in Public Procurement:

2023-11-14T15:17:51+00:00November 14th, 2023|Blog, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Ahead of our 2023 Public Procurement Conference, The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, our esteemed sponsors, have compiled an article providing insights into their role in Public Procurement:

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory body responsible for enforcing and promoting compliance with competition, consumer protection and product safety laws. The CCPC also has important and expanding roles in relation to digital markets and data.

Our aim is to make markets work better for consumers. Consumers […]

25 Sep, 2023

The Learning Garden Podcast with Niamh Bhreathnach

2023-09-25T12:07:57+01:00September 25th, 2023|Blog, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on The Learning Garden Podcast with Niamh Bhreathnach

Dedicated to the late Niamh Bhreathnach former Minister of Education. 

This piece was written by Tom Ferris (husband), pays as a tribute to his wife, Niamh Bhreathnach and her significant contributions to education and equality in Ireland. It highlights her role as a teacher, advocate, and Minister for Education, focusing on […]

15 Sep, 2023

Strengthening the Regulatory Impact Assessment Process in Ireland

2023-09-15T11:01:47+01:00September 15th, 2023|Blog, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Strengthening the Regulatory Impact Assessment Process in Ireland

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides its member governments with much advice over a range of policy areas. As a member of the Paris-based Club, Ireland also benefits from such OECD advice. A recent example relates to the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Process. The advice appears in […]

1 Sep, 2023

Exploring Strategic Procurement Excellence

2023-09-01T14:24:16+01:00September 1st, 2023|Blog, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Exploring Strategic Procurement Excellence

In the world of procurement, where every decision can impact an organisation’s success, there’s a course that stands out from the rest. We sat down with David Coffey our lead Trainer on the PAI’s Certificate in Public Procurement – 8 Day Programme, to delve into what makes this course unique […]

10 Aug, 2023

Rising Stars How to engage & Develop ‘Generation Y’

2023-08-10T15:21:11+01:00August 10th, 2023|Blog, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Rising Stars How to engage & Develop ‘Generation Y’

Dr Mary Collins, Chartered Coaching Psychologist


Mary is a Chartered Psychologist, Author and Executive Coach who has been working in the Leadership Development/Talent Management field for 20 years. Her current role as Senior […]

4 Aug, 2023

OECD challenges Ireland to enhance Public Policy Evaluation and Implementation

2023-08-04T10:37:43+01:00August 4th, 2023|Blog, Corporate Governance, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on OECD challenges Ireland to enhance Public Policy Evaluation and Implementation

The recent OECD’s report, entitled “Strengthening Policy Development in the Irish Public Sector in Ireland”, contains many challenges for the Irish Authorities. 6724d155-en.pdf (oecd-ilibrary.org) . The report was funded by the European Union and was completed with the full co-operation of key Government Departments. At the heart of the […]

12 Jul, 2023

Thoughts on Department of Health Data Gathering – Prime Time Investigates

2023-07-12T14:55:36+01:00July 12th, 2023|Blog, GDPR, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Thoughts on Department of Health Data Gathering – Prime Time Investigates

On June 16th, 2023, The Data Protection Commission (DPC) completed their inquiry into certain aspects of the Department of Health’s processing of personal data in 29 litigation files. The inquiry was commenced following public allegations made in 2021 that the Department had unlawfully collected and processed personal data about plaintiffs […]

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