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TAKING A SLICE: How fair is the government’s system for allocating grants and are ministers still favouring their own constituencies?
It is one of the oldest political tricks in the book … a TD appointed as a minister and immediately using grants to take care of their own constituency.
3 Backers raised €33 of €1800
THE CONSTRUCTION NETWORK: Connecting the dots between the government and lobbyists for developers and the construction industry
There are nearly 1,900 lobbyists registered in Ireland, all seeking to influence government policy in one way or another.
5 Backers raised €60 of €3200
NO EXPENSES SPARED: Digging into the many ways that TDs and Senators can claim expenses from the taxpayer.
“Policy formulation” expenses that are made up of sizable bills from some of the best restaurants in Ireland, a special secretarial allowance that allowed a government minister quietly hire the most famous PR consultant in Ireland, overnight expenses for politicians who live in the commuter suburbs of Kildare, Wicklow, and Meath.
6 Backers raised €90 of €1500
PARENT RIGHTS: Why are same-sex couples and other parents still in legal limbo with their own children?
Four years after Ireland’s historic marriage equality vote, many same-sex couples and so-called ‘non-traditional families’ still face discrimination when it comes to their rights as parents.
9 Backers raised €380 of €750
NOT SO FAST: Strategic Housing Development speeds up planning process for developers but is it helping increase the supply of accommodation?
In June 2017, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy introduced a new system of fast-track planning for housing developments.
2 Backers raised €404 of €400
Until last year, the Department of Finance published details of how much it paid in pensions to former ministers, taoisigh, presidents, judges, and other ex-officeholders.
2 Backers raised €110 of €100