Taoiseach Enda Kenny gives US President Barack Obama a bowl of shamrock during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House, on Thursday, March 17, 2011, during his visit to Washington, DC.  (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)

Should Mr Kenny Go to Washington?

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from certain Muslim-majority countries entering the USA, there have been calls for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to abstain from the traditional St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House. Should he stay or should he go?


A Populist Vote in the 2016 General Election in Ireland?

Guest post by Dr Deirdre Tinney (independent researcher) and Dr Stephen Quinlan (GESIS Leibniz Institute, Mannheim) Immigration…Populism…Brexit…Trump… These words had become clarion calls by the end of 2016. Parties and politicians articulating what are regarded as populist views have gained increasing electoral success in many democracies over recent years – including European countries from Austria…


Could your political thesis find a wider audience?

Guest post by Michael Brennan, Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post. Every year, there are hundreds of theses completed by students of political science. Some may make it into academic journals and others are the source material for articles in the opinion pages of newspapers or are highlighted by the Political Studies Association of Ireland…