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Shane Ross (born 11 July 1949) is an independent TD for Dublin South and former Business Editor of the Sunday Independent.

He was the longest-serving member of the Seanad (representing the University of Dublin constituency), until he was elected to the Dáil for the constituency of Dublin South in the 2011 general election.

Shane has spent his political life campaigning against vested interests, public sector waste; and the unfair treatment of small shareholders and consumers. He is a voracious supporter of whistle-blowers and was instrumentally involved in the case of former AIB Internal Auditor, Eugene McErlean, who blew the whistle on overcharging within the bank. Ross has campaigned for stronger legal protection for those who expose bad practice at all levels. In 2011, he brought his Whistleblowers Protection Bill before the Dáil, designed to protect whistle-blowers from losing their jobs if they lift the lid on unethical activities.

In 2000, with broadcaster Eamon Dunphy, Shane championed the case of small shareholders of Eircom after shares in the former state-owned company dropped by more than a third in value in just over a year. He spoke out against the salaries, bonuses and fees being paid to directors and drew widespread recognition for his denouncement of what he saw as a cosy deal for the Board of Directors.

In 2008, Shane drew attention to the malpractice of the NTR tolling system and heavily criticised the National Roads Authority for its inefficient handling of the M50 barrier-free tolling system.

After procuring The Baker Tilly report in 2008/2009, he revealed a number of abuses within CIE. As a result of his revelations about the extravagance and overspending within CIE, a number of its heads were brought to task by Ross and his colleagues on the Oireachtas Transport Committee. He repeatedly called for the resignations of the chairman and chief executive, amongst others on the board.

Shane is the author of a Broadband Bill which he brought before the Senate in 2008. He has been consistently committed to achieving substantial rollout across Ireland believing that the current situation in terms of broadband deployment, speed and affordability is inexcusably lacking.

As well as these campaigns, Ross has worked on behalf of education issues; childcare; transport; and numerous other platforms.

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End Cronyism

Irish public life cursed by crony politics, ranging from eleven Taoiseach’s nominees to Seanad to appointments to the boards of FAS, CIE and all semi- state bodies. Bank boards have been stuffed with cronies. Now that most banks are nationalised the appointments of directors are in the gift of government. Solution An independent commission to […] Read more »

End Tribal Politics (Dáil Reform)

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are mirror images based on families not political argument. TDs behave like County Councillors. Legislation takes a back seat. Dail and Seanad reform is essential. Solution Change the multi-seat PR system which forces TDs to prioritise local issues. Introduce single seat constituencies or the list system to give TDs the […] Read more »

Banking

Problem Shane identified bankers as rogues, and banks as in danger long before most Senators… Solution Renegotiate the deal with IMF/ECB to allow the bondholders to take some pain. No reason why Irish people should pay for reckless lending to Anglo etc by European banks. The interest rate charged will probably force a default anyway. Wind up Anglo […] Read more »

Unemployment / Emigration

Problem Unemployment and emigration soaring. Part Solution Reduce Corporate taxes from 12.5% to 9.99% . Multinational sector is the hope for the future. Encourage more foreign direct investment. Give more tax credits to employers for creating employment. Give BES incentives to tourist and hotel sectors. Discussion Join in the discussion of my policies, and tell me […] Read more »

Other achievements and priorities of Minister Ross include

Holding the majority government party, Fine Gael, to account on a number of issues, including: • Required a full recall of the Dail in order to discuss the European Competition Commission decision on Apple taxation and securing a review into multinational taxation. • Persuaded the cabinet of the merits of a statutory commission of investigation […] Read more »