Friday 19 January 2018

Seeds of reform fall on stony ground

EVERYTHING changes, gradually or suddenly. We have experienced a cataclysm and have barely got our heads above the flood waters. But in some respects it looks as if nothing has changed at all.

In February the general election produced a revolutionary result. In March our new Government took office with a promise of transparency and accountability.

Brendan Howlin became Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. He said, and repeated only a few days ago, that reform must happen from the top down. In future, most members of the Top-level Appointments Commission, including the chairperson, would be drawn from outside the public sector. A fair and competitive process would be designed to find the best person for the job.

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