Should Mr Kenny Go to Washington?

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from certain Muslim-majority countries entering the USA, there have been calls for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to abstain from the traditional St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House. Should he stay or should he go?

A Populist Vote in the 2016 General Election in Ireland?

Guest post by Dr Deirdre Tinney (independent researcher) and Dr Stephen Quinlan (GESIS Leibniz Institute, Mannheim) Immigration…Populism…Brexit…Trump… These words had become clarion calls by the end of 2016. Parties and politicians articulating what are regarded as populist views have gained increasing electoral success in many democracies over recent years – including European countries from Austria…

Who supports gender quotas in Ireland?

Guest post from Lisa Keenan and Gail McElroy, Trinity College, Dublin. This blog presents the arguments from a paper published in Irish Political Studies by the authors. Free access to the paper is available for the month of January here. In 2016, the Republic of Ireland joined over 100 countries world-wide that use gender quotas at…

Republic of Ireland – moves towards more direct democracy?

    Donal O’Brolchain reviews pre/post- election developments on direct democracy The February 2016 election continues a pattern of nearly 50 years ie. voters have not re-elected an outgoing government.  Since 1969, this has happened once in 2002.  Despite Ireland’s undoubted successes (eg. joining the EU, a rising population and workforce) over these years, we…