Pluralism is possible

By Peter Emerson (The de Borda Institute) An Irish webinar in Germany: Parliament, not selecting, but electing a coalition Ireland’s contributions to the development of democracy have not always been the best: Bernardo O’Higgins, for example, was the world’s first dictator to get 100% in a referendum, in Chile in 1818. On the more positive…

Build forward public: The case for a post pandemic housing imaginary

By Mary P Murphy (Maynooth University) Expectations of paradigmatic change often overestimate the degree to which crises will result in change. The reality seems more consistent with Klein’s Shock Doctrine which associates crisis with a reinforcement of neo liberalism. Our experiences of the 2008 crisis and subsequent austerity means we should not be rose-tinted about the likelihood…

Irish feminists need to mobilise for a post-pandemic future built on an ethic of public care

By Pauline Cullen and Mary Murphy, Maynooth University Women’s voices in Ireland have not been heard during the pandemic. Covid Women’s Voices, a diverse range of female workers observe daily the gendered realities of the pandemic and call for publicly funded childcare for frontline workers, in-person schooling for children of essential workers, and special protections for care workers…

Opinion polls and civil war politics

By Shane Reynolds, PhD Student, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick This weekend’s Sunday Business Post/Red C Opinion Poll, a year on from the first case of Covid in Ireland and slightly over a year since the 2020 general election, follows trends that have become apparent over the last year. The Irish Polling…

PSAI Teaching and Learning Group webinar: “Teaching politics during the pandemic: experiences, opportunities and challenges” Friday 29th January 10am-12pm

As many of us prepare to enter a third semester of teaching online we are well placed to reflect on and learn from our different experiences, first pivoting to online in March 2020 and from September to December 2020 delivering full modules online, often to large classes including to new first year students we have…