By Matt Wall The policy of indefinite delay of outstanding by-elections that has been pursued by the current government has lead to a withering assessment by Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns; the report in today’s Irish Independent reproduces the most damning statements from the judgment, which are as follows:
Posted by Eoin O’Malley If electronic voting was rejected because of the absence of a paper trail, perhaps this voting system could solve that problem. It would mean an end to the tallymen, and for that reason alone doesn’t get my vote. #mce_temp_url#
By Eoin O’Malley, 3rd November, 2010 The decision today to criticise the government for offending the spirit of the constitution is likely to accelerate the holding of the Donegal by-election. But the High Court may be mistaken in reading the procedures for holding a by-election, and so the logic of the decision may be questionable.
Prof Ken Carty’s presentation on citizens’ assemblies and political reform at the Policy Institute, Trinity College Dublin http://www.tcd.ie/policy-institute/citizensassembly.php Media references and photographs of Prof Ken Carty’s seminar: