Another date for your virtual diary…PSAI Post Grad Student Conference Jan 30th 2021 with Call For Papers Deadline Oct. 30th

The Postgraduate Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) which was due to take place at the University of Limerick in 2020 will now be held online on the weekend of the 30th of January 2021.   Paper and panel (3-5 papers) proposals are invited from postgraduates studying at all levels (MA and PhD). Seminars on research…

Showcase your graduate research!

This could be you! The PSAI is keen to support graduate students. Picture shows Dr. Peter Stone (TCD, and President of the PSAI) awarding the 2019 Basil Chubb Prize for the Best PhD in Political Science to Dr Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir (Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland, and a graduate of the UCC…

Where should we “Park” the Taoiseach?

  Stewards Lodge on the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate, the Phoenix Park, Dublin.Source: Wikipedia/ By Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork * Unlike many other countries around the world, the Irish state does not provide an official residence for its Head of Government. Recently however, it was revealed that current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his…

The Inexorable Rise of the Pandemic State? Second-Guessing the long-term political repercussions of COVID 19

(all images from Wikipedia/open source unless otherwise attributed)   By Dr. Brendan Flynn (NUI Galway)* When COVID-19 ends as a pandemic, what will be the political repercussions? Will there be lasting consequences for states and their relationships with citizens, markets or societies more generally? How about the following as suggestions? Western states will for the…

TDs, Parties, and the 33rd Dáil

By Ken Carty University of British Columbia In a recent post I suggested that the evolution of the party system, and the dynamics of local constituency competition, had deprived Irish voters of any realistic capacity to choose their governments. Recent Dála have been full of politically insecure TDs, many at electoral odds with fellow partisans in…