Who supports gender quotas in Ireland?

Guest post from Lisa Keenan and Gail McElroy, Trinity College, Dublin. This blog presents the arguments from a paper published in Irish Political Studies by the authors. Free access to the paper is available for the month of January here. In 2016, the Republic of Ireland joined over 100 countries world-wide that use gender quotas at…

Republic of Ireland – moves towards more direct democracy?

    Donal O’Brolchain reviews pre/post- election developments on direct democracy The February 2016 election continues a pattern of nearly 50 years ie. voters have not re-elected an outgoing government.  Since 1969, this has happened once in 2002.  Despite Ireland’s undoubted successes (eg. joining the EU, a rising population and workforce) over these years, we…

Skipping ‘Left’ and ‘Right’

Guest post from Prof Donncha Kavanagh (UCD) donncha.kavanagh@ucd.ie Much media commentary on the general election has been framed around the notion that the Irish parliamentary system should finally rid itself of its Civil War legacy and embrace the Left-Right system of political discourse that befits a modern democracy.  However, there are profound weaknesses in this…

Feminism, nationalism and the re-ordering of post-war political strategies: the case of the Sinn Féin Women’s Department

Guest Post from Dr Niall Gilmartin, Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth. The post draws from research published in Irish Political Studies and available free online until the end of April at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07907184.2016.1146698 The Sinn Féin Women’s Department emerged at a time of great flux within Provisional republicanism. The kernel of the department resided…