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Here are my proposals to help address some key issues confronting the Nation. They were originally published on 3rd April as a comment in the Irish Times at the conclusion of its wonderful Renewing the Republic series.


1. Introduce a new income levy for high earners on the grounds that they have been the main beneficiaries of the boom. I can think of several memorable names for such a tax.


2. Beef up the prosecution arms of the State to ensure that all possible resources are thrown at the the few hundered or so people who through greed and incompetence created the mess.


3. Have a general election and ensure that those elected agree to root and branch reform of the Dail. Here are some suggestions dating back to 2003 to get the debate started. Only one (related to expenses) has been partly implemented to date (after seven years !!!).


4. Establish a Citizens' Assemby or similar to commence drafting a new constitution with a view to launching a Second Republic to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.**

** This suggestion has been submitted as a proposal to Your Country Your Call.

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1. Introduce a new income levy for high earners on the grounds that they have been the main beneficiaries of the boom. I can think of several memorable names for such a tax.

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What is a high income??? Jack O'Connor and his bearded brethren seem to be fixated with the figure of €100k (which equates to IR£78K). This is not a lot of money in my view

2. Beef up the prosecution arms of the State to ensure that all possible resources are thrown at the the few hundered or so people who through greed and incompetence created the mess.

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Agreed. P Appleby of the ODCE said today that 16 people were working full time on the Anglo investigation. I am stunned by this revelation and would say the suits are quaking in their boots at the revelation.

until such time as a strong fisted well funded ODCE is put in place that people fear we are wasting our time and money. Funny how people in Ireland quake at the very mention of the SEC and well I don't need to say what they think of what we have.

3 I have commented on this BLOG previously on this topic.


4. Establish a Citizens' Assemby or similar to commence drafting a new constitution with a view to launching a Second Republic to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising

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Admirable but until the economy is fixed I would not be too pushed on this.

1916 Centenary does it mean that much??

We watch SKY, follow UK football teams, watch their soaps, are being bailed out by Europe and have almost been bankrupt twice in the last 30 years.

Does it matter who runs us??


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