Citizens’ Assembly – The case of Germany

Posted by Elaine Byrne Derek Scally in today’s Irish Times on ‘Ireland needs a national forum for cogent debate.’ In particular he writes about: “Three years on, the country is crying out for meaningful public debate beyond media bun fights and political soundbites. This debate needs a home, a place where civil society and politics…

So What do TDs do?

Leo Varadkar’s audit of his time Would a different electoral system change anything or would the expectations by the electorate stay the same? Meetings (22%) Correspondence (16%) Media (10%) Paperwork (10%) Dail Chamber and Committee (8%) Travelling (7%) Conferences (7%) Events (7.5%) Phone Calls (5.5%) Canvass (3%) Office (2.5%) Miscellaneous (2%) Clinics and Funerals (0…

Intellectuals against ideas

Posted by Dan O’Brien Reading this blog in recent weeks and Elaine Byrne’s piece in Tuesday’s Irish Times, it strikes me that while anti-intellectualism has long been a feature of Irish life, it seems that even the intellectual class in Ireland is hostile to ideas. Some thoughts. First, last weekend a conference was held on…