Breaking patterns of conflict in Northern Ireland.

Posted on behalf of John Coakley and Jennifer Todd Blog from the Special Issue of Irish Political Studies: Breaking patterns of conflict in Northern Ireland: the British and Irish states The British and Irish governments were central to the move to peace in Northern Ireland. Their negotiations and mutual agreements, their cooperation and coordinated stances…

The Irish Constitutional Convention completes its work

*Declaration of interest: I am the research director of the Convention (in a voluntary capacity). Last weekend, the Constitutional Convention completed its work.  At its closing dinner last Saturday, the snappy slogan on the menu summed things up well: ‘100 members, 10 meetings, 1 constitution’. With a budget of some €900,000 and a deadline of…

Seanad Éireann: Lots to Reform

After the Irish people chose to retain the Seanad last year, the focus has now shifted to the question of reform. The government has announced its intention to reform the University franchise as allowed by the 1978 amendment to the Constitution. The main campaigning platform for Seanad retention, Democracy Matters, has embarked on a new…

European Commission corruption report on Ireland

Elaine Byrne 3 February 2014 The European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption report today. Information on the Eurobarometer polls and summaries of each country can be found here The Ireland chapter is here. The report makes a number of observations across different sectors of Irish public life. It has commended the government for the reforms it…