Alan Dukes to head new FG policy commission

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Some good news just out from Fine Gael HQ. Enda has asked Alan Dukes to head up a new FG policy commission focussed on 'Transforming Irish Public Services' starting with a focus on universal health care.

I think this is great news for the party. We need to develop genuine new thinking around how government and the agencies of the state serve us, and I think Alan is the ideal choice: he has the credibility, reputation and intellect to drive this on, and also a broader respect beyond FG.

There's more on the party website.

Here are the commission's members:
Dr John Barton Hospital Physician for 16 years. Has worked 28 years in the Irish Hospital Service and 2 years in the Canadian hospital service.

Mr Jarleth Burke Partner with international law firm, Jones Day, specialising in competition law and economic regulation in communications, health, aviation and IT.

Ms Angela Edghill Former senior policy analyst with Fine Gael, now working with the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Dr Sean Faughnan Former investment banker. Worked with CSFB, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. PhD in International Relations from Cambridge.

Ms Mari Hurley Finance Director and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Graduate of UCC and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2006.

Mr Martin Hynes Health Care Management Consultant. Former CEO of Irish Blood Transfusion Service. Former Programme Manager for both Hospitals' and Community Care services with South Eastern Health Board.

Dr William Lynch A General Practitioner in west Dublin.

Mr Michael McLoughlin Chief Executive, Amárach Research Group.

Dr Ruth McAreavey Lecturer in Environmental Planning in Queens University. Her research interests and areas of publication include rural development and regeneration, voluntary sector funding and community involvement and participation.

Dr Fergus O'Ferrall Director of the Adelaide Hospital Society. He holds a Lectureship in the Dept of Pubic Health & Primary Care in Trinity College in health services management
 


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Thats marvellous, it really is.


How does the bog standard member get involved?
 

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Sounds good. Dreading the inevitable reaction of rural FG TDs, and their support from spin-doctors, when this report says we can't have a Mayo Clinic on every boreen in Leitrim
 

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Does Enda have an Ecomomics advisor. Also WTF have Enda, Richard Bruton and Leo been over the past number of weeks while the world economy has been in a state of chaos?
 

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meriwether said:
Thats marvellous, it really is.


How does the bog standard member get involved?
The plan before Christmas was to broaden it out to the members so I suppose we'll wait and see. I'm going to give Alan a shout anyway to see if I can contribute - part of the benefit of living in the same town!
 

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Big Bruffer said:
Does Enda have an Ecomomics advisor. Also WTF have Enda, Richard Bruton and Leo been over the past number of weeks while the world economy has been in a state of chaos?
Keeping the head down and letting FF take the brunt of it - ie doing what any opposition would do ,especially with an Election 4 years away and the subject being the one that is least in powers of control and influence of any national government these days (the World economy).
 

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Big Bruffer said:
Does Enda have an Ecomomics advisor. Also WTF have Enda, Richard Bruton and Leo been over the past number of weeks while the world economy has been in a state of chaos?
Out buying mortgage backed security assets -thats the way to make a small fortune these days*.

And selling air in a glass.


*If you start with a big one.
 

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Edo said:
Big Bruffer said:
Does Enda have an Ecomomics advisor. Also WTF have Enda, Richard Bruton and Leo been over the past number of weeks while the world economy has been in a state of chaos?
Keeping the head down and letting FF take the brunt of it - ie doing what any opposition would do ,especially with an Election 4 years away and the subject being the one that is least in powers of control and influence of any national government these days (the World economy).
To be fair I've seen a fair bit from Bruton on the economy over the last few weeks and Conveney had a good piece on the economy in the Sindo about two weeks ago.
 

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I dont think that the public blame Fianna Fail for market instability. If Fine Gael were to add to the negativity I dont think it would do them any good.
 

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LIMARE said:
I dont think that the public blame Fianna Fail for market instability. If Fine Gael were to add to the negativity I dont think it would do them any good.
FF were perfectly willing to accept public acclaim for market stability prior to the election.

Lets see how much of an economic genius Cowen is now.
 

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meriwether said:
Big Bruffer said:
Does Enda have an Ecomomics advisor. Also WTF have Enda, Richard Bruton and Leo been over the past number of weeks while the world economy has been in a state of chaos?
Out buying mortgage backed security assets -thats the way to make a small fortune these days*.

And selling air in a glass.


*If you start with a big one.
Wow, how do I get me one of those?! I just got off the phone to someone from Bear Stearns there looking for one but they seemed to be a bit busy, I might call back later.
 

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What happens when your commision comes back with full support for co-location as the best, quickest and most efficient way to deliver more hospital beds???
 

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hiker said:
What happens when your commision comes back with full support for co-location as the best, quickest and most efficient way to deliver more hospital beds???
Then the few remaining PD'ers will join us?
 

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meriwether said:
hiker said:
What happens when your commision comes back with full support for co-location as the best, quickest and most efficient way to deliver more hospital beds???
Then the few remaining PD'ers will join us?
Good God, man. Have you no shame? :)
 

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LIMARE said:
I dont think that the public blame Fianna Fail for market instability. If Fine Gael were to add to the negativity I dont think it would do them any good.
FF are in power now because they managed to convince a lot of people that the economy would always be great while FF were in power and that Cowen and Bertie were economic genuis who know all there was to know about economics and would always protect Ireland's economy. It would be wrong of FG not to show those lies for what they were and also Ireland’s economic problems are partly FF’s fault and it’s up to Fine Gael to show people that.
 

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I know two members of the board Martin Hynes and Dr Barton and two more hard working
and honest men could not be found anywhere.They will do a fine job and be above politics
Best of luck to them.
 

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While its nice to see them standing for something diffrent (or trying to anyway) I do find it odd that decades after forming they're only now wondering what they stand for...why get into politics at all if you don't know exactly what you'd do dfffrently?

On Universal Healthcare, the wiki article on UH claims the USA is the only developed country without it....but we don't have it!
Theres around 20% of the population not covered by Insurance or Medical Cards.
 

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Universal_001 said:
While its nice to see them standing for something diffrent (or trying to anyway) I do find it odd that decades after forming they're only now wondering what they stand for...why get into politics at all if you don't know exactly what you'd do dfffrently?

On Universal Healthcare, the wiki article on UH claims the USA is the only developed country without it....but we don't have it!
Theres around 20% of the population not covered by Insurance or Medical Cards.
Look, you cant slap down every effort made by FG to be relevent. And this is one that I think is worth a pop. They are surfing the wave of anti-HSE that is sweeping the nation this year.
Thats politics and no more than I would expect

but

it is also a very good exercise id public service/information. It could show that just because you are in oppostion for ever does not mean you have nothing to offer.

I look forward to this commision and its discussion. Its much needed and if there are some good recommendations from it then of course Mary Harney should look at taking them and implementing them.

Thats why she is in government; to listen to good ideas and try to support them.
 

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Universal_001 said:
While its nice to see them standing for something diffrent (or trying to anyway) I do find it odd that decades after forming they're only now wondering what they stand for...why get into politics at all if you don't know exactly what you'd do dfffrently?

On Universal Healthcare, the wiki article on UH claims the USA is the only developed country without it....but we don't have it!
Theres around 20% of the population not covered by Insurance or Medical Cards.
Parties constantly need to change and develop there polices if they are to stay alive and to solve the problems that exist in their state because the issues change. FG did put forward a good health policy at the last election. However there is no harm in looking at that again and improving and changing that if needs be.
 


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