Is the only truly new Dáil an independent Dáil ?

Liam Weeks* Reading the calls for reform from afar, there seems to be one overarching theme: a desire to improve the calibre of parliamentarians. To date, most of these calls have been misguided as many from outside the political science community persist with the notion of electoral reform as a panacea that will transform the…

Yet another crazy idea for electoral reform

David Farrell (January 10 2011) Former Attorney General John Rogers has returned to the theme of electoral reform. In a presentation on The Week in Politics on RTE last night and also in today’s Irish Times he set out the latest version of his ideas for a new electoral system (for discussion on the previous…

Yet another misguided proposal for electoral reform

In today’s Irish Times John Rogers is the latest to propose electoral reform as the solution to all our woes.  The gist of his proposed new system is as follows: “Let’s assume a Dáil of, say, 120 deputies. Let us arbitrarily, for the sake of discussion, divide that membership into two groups. The first comprises…