Pork and Committee Selection in Ireland: Irish Politicians (and Their Constituents) Love Bacon, Too!

Guest post by Chris Raymond (Queens’ Belfast) and Jacob Holt (Columbus State) One of the most enduring truisms of American legislative politics is that American politicians are, in the words of David Mayhew, ‘single-minded seekers of re-election’.  One chief consequence of their focus on re-election is that legislators will try to sit on committees of…

An international audit of Irish political parties

The first results of the Political Party Database project were published recently in Party Politics. Irish political parties were included in this international audit of the state of party politics in 19 democracies. In summary, the data show Irish parties in pretty good health: they’re well funded (in large part by the state) and well…

Jamming the ‘Triple lock’?: Minority government and Irish military missions abroad

With the new government already having suffered its first defeat, we are clearly not in a period of politics as usual in the Oireachtas. This raises the question of whether Ireland’s ‘Triple Lock’ on overseas deployments will take on greater significance in the new Dáil. The ‘Triple Lock’ which entered the political lexicon during the…

The Frustrated and the Content

Monday night’s leaders’ debate should put in the ground the idea that the left-right dimension is the key one in politics. On Monday we saw parties such as Renua (the right) and Social Democrats (centre-left) taking aim at what they saw as the enemy, not each other, but the ‘Establishment’. Similarly Gerry Adams tried to distance…