The interrogation of Prof David Farrell

Prof David Farrell gave a compelling lecture this week on electoral reform to the Trinity Senior Sophister class studying Comparative Political Reform.  The class have read and debated the various themes —   Electoral reform has become a lightning rod issue for reformists in many different countries. But is it the wrong answer to the…

Return to O’Rourke: Reform of the Seanad

Posted by Séin Ó Muineacháin The brief flurry of debate caused last year by Enda Kenny’s claim that, if elected Taoiseach, he would put it to the people that Seanad Éireann should be abolished was short-lived, but interesting nonetheless. The modern incarnation of the Seanad (in spite of the high esteem in which its predecessor…

Citizens’ Assembly – The case of Germany

Posted by Elaine Byrne Derek Scally in today’s Irish Times on ‘Ireland needs a national forum for cogent debate.’ In particular he writes about: “Three years on, the country is crying out for meaningful public debate beyond media bun fights and political soundbites. This debate needs a home, a place where civil society and politics…

If Not Now, When? Why we need parliamentary reform.

Posted by Matt Wall. Gay Mitchell’s article in this morning’s Irish Times again raises the issue of Oireachtas reform. While the text of the article focuses on the development of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mitchell lays out 7 steps that he feels would improve parliamentary oversight writ large. I would love…