Paying Whistleblowers

Today’s Irish Independent notes that Ireland ranks fifth for corporate whistleblowing.  Elaine Byrne’s recent Sunday Business Post article which advocated that whistleblowers should be financially incentivised to give insider information, based on the US experience.

Lessons from Children’s Referendum

It is still far too early to be definitive in the analysis of the result of the Children’s Referendum obviously research is needed in order to ascertain why turnout was so low and why people voted in the way that they did. What we can say is that Saturday voting is unlikely to be the…

Garret FitzGerald – Friend of the PSAI

Posted by Gary Murphy – President, Political Studies Association of Ireland. Garret FitzGerald who passed away on Thursday 19th May was a valued friend of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. He regularly participated at our conferences and events and attended many book launches supported by the association. Much has been written and spoken since…

2011 Undergraduate Awards of Ireland

posted by John O’Brennan Submissions are still being accepted for the 2011 Undergraduate Awards of Ireland. The awards are now in their third year and are open to undergraduates in their final or penultimate year of study in any third level institution on the island of Ireland. Students are encouraged to submit essays/projects completed as part of…

What is a Citizens’ Assembly?

Posted by Elaine Byrne The editors of this website, Elaine Byrne, David Farrell, Eoin O’Malley, Jane Suiter and Matt Wall, published an opinion piece in the Irish Times today arguing that the path to rebuilding a Republic should start with a citizens’ assembly. So what is it? A Citizens’ Assembly is a means of citizens recapturing…

Predicting Transfers

by Kevin Cunningham Trinity College Dublin Why a new approach? STV is very exciting. With so many independent candidates, it is quite likely that transfers will have an even greater effect in this election than in previous years. Our system has so many intricacies that it is quite difficult to convert estimated vote share (from…