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