Where should we “Park” the Taoiseach?

  Stewards Lodge on the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate, the Phoenix Park, Dublin.Source: Wikipedia/ By Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork * Unlike many other countries around the world, the Irish state does not provide an official residence for its Head of Government. Recently however, it was revealed that current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his…

The Inexorable Rise of the Pandemic State? Second-Guessing the long-term political repercussions of COVID 19

(all images from Wikipedia/open source unless otherwise attributed)   By Dr. Brendan Flynn (NUI Galway)* When COVID-19 ends as a pandemic, what will be the political repercussions? Will there be lasting consequences for states and their relationships with citizens, markets or societies more generally? How about the following as suggestions? Western states will for the…

TDs, Parties, and the 33rd Dáil

By Ken Carty University of British Columbia In a recent post I suggested that the evolution of the party system, and the dynamics of local constituency competition, had deprived Irish voters of any realistic capacity to choose their governments. Recent Dála have been full of politically insecure TDs, many at electoral odds with fellow partisans in…

…but how come no one saw it coming?

The likely sharp uptick in support for Sinn Féin and the possible decline in support for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should pose a few questions for Irish political scientists, not least… Why did no one see the Sinn Féin rise come? The bad answer is that we’re not in the business of prediction.…