Scottish Independence and a United Ireland: A Brexit game of Gaelic Games?

Guest post by Dr Anthony Costello (University College Cork) Nine months have passed since the British electorate voted to sever UK membership of the European Union (EU) and the Brexit negotiation process is still embroiled in uncertainty with a lack of clear political and administrative direction from all involved. EU member-states are trying to prepare…

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…

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…