Does Size Matter? District magnitude, female participation and electoral behaviour in the 2009 local elections.

Adrian Kavanagh, 15th October 2010 When electoral boundaries were being redrawn for City abd County Council electoral areas in 2008, the terms of reference set for the two electoral area committees were changed so that, apart from exceptional cases, the minimum number of seats per electoral area would now be four, and not three as…

Citizens’ Assemblies and Political Reform

Citizens’ Assemblies and Political Reform Speaker: Prof. Kenneth Carty, University of British Columbia, Canada Date: Monday 18 October 2010 – 6 to 8 pm Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 The Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution has just recommended that Ireland create a Citizens’ Assembly to consider electoral reform. But…

National Government? Only after an election…

Adrian K avanagh, 8th October 2010 There has been increasing talk in recent times about the need for a national government,  but also increasing reticence on the part of the opposition parties. Not surprising, as this would be a Fianna Fail dominated administration – the Dail arithmetic being such that Fianna Fail could push their own agenda more and…

Swift’s Economics

Posted by David Farrell Organised by St Patrick’s Cathedral, there will be a symposium on the economics contribution of Jonathan Swift on October 16th: more details here. The Annual Service in commemoration of Swift is on Sunday 17th October at 15.15, at which Dr. Don Thornhill (Chairman of the Competitiveness Council etc) will give an…

For how long will FF be in opposition?

By Michael Gallagher It’s hard to find anyone who does not expect FF to be in opposition after the next election. And things could hardly be otherwise: when the economy is in the dire straits it is, and the major party of government has held office for 21 of the previous 23 years, it would…