Political Year Ahead
2018: A Look At The Political Year Ahead January 9, 2018 With the festive season firmly behind us, it’s full steam ahead for 2018 and our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan takes a look at what is set to be a very busy political year ahead. The demise of so many ‘dead certs’ at …
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Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny’s Departure May 19, 2017 As Enda Kenny steps down as leader of Fine Gael, our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan, reflects on his time as Taoiseach …  “This is the long goodbye, Somebody tell me why” – Paul Brady The announcement by Enda Kenny that …
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Budget 2017
Tony Heffernan’s take on Budget 2017 October 11, 2016 Never before in our political history have the provisions of a budget been as extensively leaked as those in Budget 2017. When Michael Noonan and Pascal Donohoe delivered their budget statements earlier today, there were few – if any – …
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New reforms for Dáil Éireann June 8, 2016 The defeat of the new coalition on a Labour Party private members motion on employee rights (the first such government defeat in private members time for more than 25 years) and the earlier ‘surrender’ of Enda Kenny’s government on the …
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Irish General Elections Gone By February 8, 2016 As the Taoiseach dissolved the Dáil and went to the Park last week, Fine Gael and Labour TDs will have been pleased that they honoured one particular commitment made after the election in 2011 – that they would serve a …
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The Register of Lobbying – an Explainer September 2, 2015 The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law on Wednesday 11th March 2015 by President Michael D. Higgins, and commenced yesterday, 1st September. In this week’s blog, our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan, explains the act and its implications.  The new …
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A Look Back Over the Political Year December 16, 2014 It was the former British Prime Minister who once said “a week is a long time in politics”. If this is so, the past year must have seen like an eternity to the parties in government in this country. How …
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Pre-Budget 2015 Blog: Budget Day Through the Years September 30, 2014 As Budget Day 2015 fast approaches, DHR Account Director Tony Heffernan explores significant Budget Days of recent times, the decline in impact due to leaks, how they are a source of nervousness for governments, and the changing nature of budget delivery over …
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Tony Heffernan Discusses Parliamentary Party ‘Think-Ins’ September 2, 2014 Photo taken from www.oireachtas.ie. There are certain rituals that herald the end of the Irish summer and the arrival of autumn.  There is the Rose of Tralee Festival, the All Ireland Finals and – in recent years, anyway – what …
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Local and European Election 2014 Analysis May 14, 2014 One of DHR’s most politically experienced Client Directors, Tony Heffernan, gives his expert analysis and insights into each of the four main party leaders’ current standing in the lead-up to next week’s local and European elections. Parties in government tend to …
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