Political reform yes, electoral reform maybe

[The following is an edited summary of my remarks to the Political Reform conference, hosted by University College Cork, March 26 2010.] It is good to see that political reform is now on the agenda of some of our political leaders. More and more people are calling for large-scale political reform, with an ever-growing list…

Reshuffle shortens odds of an early election

The reshuffle on Monday underwhelmed most observers, partly because Brian Cowen had given indications that there’d be a major overhaul of government. New faces would be introduced, old, tired names dropped and this would reinvigorate the government in the lead into the next election. There was supposed to be a new dawn. Reshuffles are not…

Political Reform in Ireland (UCC). Conference Programme

POLITICAL REFORM IN IRELAND Friday, 26th March 2010 Council Room, North Wing University College Cork Conference Programme 10.00 –10.15 Registration Tea and Coffee 10.15 – 10.30 Conference Opening Prof Neil Collins – University College Cork 10:30 –12:30: Session One Reform Please! Chair: Noel Whelan – The Irish Times Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Dara Murphy…