Medical Independent: The Appliance of Science
The consequences of abolishing the independent Chief Scientific Adviser, combined with the earlier dissolution of the Council for Bioethics in February 2011, will be far-reaching and profoundly negative for Ireland.
Ireland is taking away the structures that will allow it to understand how to develop better policy, understand what the requirements are to do more definitive research, as well as how to get a better return on the taxpayer's investment for the money put into research.
From a politician's and a public servant's point of view, these moves are eroding dissent, eroding the capacity for other organisations to question policy. But they are also actually deconstructing the very system which will allow the Government to understand where it's failing.