Who really runs Ireland?

Last week was a busy week. I attended the Energy and Climate conference in Dublin and then came home to settle into the general election. I say “settle into” because I was engaged more with this one. I actually watched debates, read articles, listened to candidates on the radio – I did more research than usual because this time I had a range of candidates to chose from.

At the conference there were people from the energy industry, various state departments and agencies. All discussing climate change and energy options going forward. I’m still working on a separate blog of the event itself. The usual “networking” happened where industry and state agencies rubbed shoulders, shared jokes, ate lunch, discussed plans, sorted the country’s energy out etc etc.

So after a month of campaigning, arguing, debating and knocking on doors the weekend brought with it a whole new set of elected representatives who should soon form our new government.

In time the elected representatives will be assigned responsibilities, meet up with the various state agencies and departments to be briefed, or told what their departments plans are. The elected reps will then act as the buffer between the public and the state agencies.

Meanwhile industry will do what it planned all along 🙂

Theresa O’Donohoe

February 2016


3 thoughts on “Who really runs Ireland?

  1. Hi I’m no longer in Ireland but recently I met with an ex civil servant. One of the righteous ones who hate corruption but haven’t got the charm to weave their way around it.

    She told me that she had worked for about 20 years in the senior levels but didn’t say where. Then she was encouraged to resign.

    Probably because I haven’t lived in Ireland for about 14 years, she informed me that the people who rule behind the scenes are the 6 top civil servants. That they only promote others who they can know have bad habits, were investigated and found wanting by the police or are in some way possible to influence.

    It’s the top 6 that you need to concentrate on. Find out who they take their orders from.

    Best of luck

    On 29.02.2016 21:03, Clearing Clutter – the ramblings of an environmental activist wrote:

    > Theresa O’Donohoe posted: “Last week was a busy week. I attended the Energy and Climate conference in Dublin and then came home to settle into the general election. I say “settle into” because I was engaged more with this one. I actually watched debates, read articles, listened to ” > >

  2. I get the impression, given the result of the election, that there is no shared vision among the electorate for the kind of country they want. So it’s inevitable that businesses that do have such a vision will proceed to bring that vision about.

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