A 10 Point Manifesto Towards a Second Republic

Posted by Elaine Byrne An excellent  collection of discussion papers on options to transform Governance and Leadership in the Irish Republic for the Better by the Dublin City Business Association can be found here The State We Are In – Mr Roderic O’Connor Planning for Problem and Solutions – Mr James Kelly Rebuilding the Economy – Mr…

Thank You.

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SHOULD IRISH EMIGRANTS RETAIN THEIR VOTING RIGHTS?

Guest post by Eleanor Fitzsimons (posted by Elaine Byrne) The prospect of a general election early in 2011 has seen the re-emergence of a contentious debate as to whether our sizable diaspora should be allowed to vote. Ireland is unusual in the fact that those not ‘ordinarily resident’, i.e. living in Ireland on 1 September…

Paradise Deferred: Party Politics, Constitutional change, and the long finger in Ireland

By Bill Kissane. There are  different ways of involving the public in higher law making. Constitutions can be drafted  by constituent assemblies or constitutional conventions directly elected  for that purpose. Constitutional change can result from extraordinary public debates  outside the  formal representative arena,  when  a majority of the people   back radical change. Alternatively, the people…

The case for reinventing the Seanad

Guest post by Vincent Byrne There is an opportunity in this debate about our crisis of governance to re-construct   the Seanad, to provide a ‘democratic dualism’, a return to the Athenian approach of both Assembly of the people and Tribune of the people. This Dual structure would fundamentally change the democratic architecture of our state.…