Testing times for political science

On October 15 1987 the senior and well respected BBC weatherman, Michael Fish failed to predict the onset of the worst storm to hit the South of England in three centuries. That incident is emblazoned in the annals of the weather forecasting industry, resulting in some serious rethinking about how to deal with extreme events.…

An international audit of Irish political parties

The first results of the Political Party Database project were published recently in Party Politics. Irish political parties were included in this international audit of the state of party politics in 19 democracies. In summary, the data show Irish parties in pretty good health: they’re well funded (in large part by the state) and well…

Northern Ireland at the Edge: What’s next after Brexit?

Northern Ireland at the Edge: What’s next after Brexit? Thursday, 15 September 2016 2.00-5.00 pm Queen’s University Belfast More information and booking here • Places are free • Booking is essential This conversation focuses on the consequences of the UK’s future relationship with Ireland, north and south. Should the UK withdraw from the EU (as…

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Real Dáil reform at last!

The sub-committee on Dáil reform published its ‘draft’ final report yesterday and it makes for very pleasurable reading. Among the key proposals are the following: Dáil agenda and order of business to be determined by a new business committee chaired by the Ceann Comhairle; A new and powerful Budget Oversight Committee whose work will be…