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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Dáil Returns
Challenges await as the Dáil returns September 21, 2017 With the cabinet meeting again on a weekly basis, the political party ‘think-in’ season concluded and the parliamentary recess coming to an end, it is an opportune time for our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan to look at just some of …
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Should a dress code be introduced in the Dáil Chamber? March 30, 2017 As the Committee on Procedure and Privilege considers the introduction of a dress code for TDs in the Dáil Chamber, our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan, who worked in the Dáil for almost 30 years, expresses some personal views on the …
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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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The Political Year in Review December 10, 2015 The year is slowly drawing to a close, and here in DHR we’re in a reflective mood! Our Account Advisor and chief political anorak, Tony Heffernan, takes a look at the political events of 2015 and what to expect in …
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Tony Heffernan Reflects on Joe Duffy’s ‘Children of the Rising: the untold story of young lives lost during Easter 1916’ November 6, 2015 Our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan, recently read Joe Duffy’s new book, ‘Children of the Rising: the untold story of young lives lost during Easter 1916’, and shares his thoughts on why it’s a must read in advance of the centenary celebrations…  Dozens …
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Tony Heffernan Discusses the Legislative Process December 10, 2014 At the beginning of each parliamentary year – usually in September – the government of the day publishes its legislative programme outlining the Bills it intends to introduce and setting out what stage of preparation each piece is at.  The …
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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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