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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

11 Jul, 2023

Corporate Governance in the spotlight

2023-07-11T10:50:03+01:00July 11th, 2023|Blog, Corporate Governance, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Corporate Governance in the spotlight

All the bruhaha about RTE, has brought the spotlight onto corporate governance. The reality is that all State Sponsored bodies are required to “do” corporate governance. This article list what they are required to “do” by way of corporate governance. In short, they are supposed to be implementing all of […]

22 May, 2023

Policy Evaluation in the Era of Covid-19

2023-05-22T14:44:05+01:00May 22nd, 2023|Blog, Corporate Governance, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Policy Evaluation in the Era of Covid-19

This is a timely book for policy evaluators, policy makers and politicians. They will want to know how did the policy evaluation process perform during the Covid pandemic? How were evaluation practices and values affected? This blog will give you flavour of the answers. To get a comprehensive view you need […]

11 Apr, 2023

Significant Changes in the Public Spending Code

2023-04-11T14:38:29+01:00April 11th, 2023|Blog, Corporate Governance, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Significant Changes in the Public Spending Code

Significant changes were recently announced for the Public Spending Code. And more changes are on the way. Minister Pascal Donohue shared this information in a recent Press Release. More detailed information appeared on an official circular from his department. That department has now been given the enhanced title of the […]

28 Feb, 2023

Good Public Policies require good evidence

2023-02-28T12:39:11+00:00February 28th, 2023|Blog, Corporate Governance, News, Topical news Stories|Comments Off on Good Public Policies require good evidence

Making public policy has never been easy. And it is getting more difficult. The amount of information to be considered by policy makers can be overwhelming. and ever more complex. Moreover, policy makers are often being pushed to produce ‘early policies’, after being bombarded by unfounded ‘facts’. There is no […]

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