Tuesday 24 April 2018

Ivan Yates: Historic chance for real legal reform is being undermined

Justice Minister Alan Shatter speaking in the Dail, flanked by health minister James Reilly
Justice Minister Alan Shatter speaking in the Dail, flanked by health minister James Reilly
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

A classic case study of how a new reforming minister, pursuing the public interest, can be stymied is playing out with the passage of the Legal Services Regulation Bill.

At first sight, it may seem that the enactment of this legislation has been subject to extraordinary delays.

On closer scrutiny, we may not be dealing with just deferrals, but instead dilutions. Little wonder our departing troika overlords have highlighted their dissatisfaction with the implementation of these promised reforms. Ordinary consumers need to be alerted to what is really happening behind closed doors.

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