UCD Garret FitzGerald School and Lecture

The annual UCD Garret FitzGerald School and Lecture will take place on Thursday, 30 March 2017 in the UCD Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. The theme of the event is ‘The Disruptions of 2016 and the Social Sciences’. The event will be of interest to policymakers, practitioners, UCD Alumni and members of the…

Scottish Independence and a United Ireland: A Brexit game of Gaelic Games?

Guest post by Dr Anthony Costello (University College Cork) Nine months have passed since the British electorate voted to sever UK membership of the European Union (EU) and the Brexit negotiation process is still embroiled in uncertainty with a lack of clear political and administrative direction from all involved. EU member-states are trying to prepare…

Pork and Committee Selection in Ireland: Irish Politicians (and Their Constituents) Love Bacon, Too!

Guest post by Chris Raymond (Queens’ Belfast) and Jacob Holt (Columbus State) One of the most enduring truisms of American legislative politics is that American politicians are, in the words of David Mayhew, ‘single-minded seekers of re-election’.  One chief consequence of their focus on re-election is that legislators will try to sit on committees of…