Build forward public: The case for a post pandemic housing imaginary

By Mary P Murphy (Maynooth University) Expectations of paradigmatic change often overestimate the degree to which crises will result in change. The reality seems more consistent with Klein’s Shock Doctrine which associates crisis with a reinforcement of neo liberalism. Our experiences of the 2008 crisis and subsequent austerity means we should not be rose-tinted about the likelihood…

Irish feminists need to mobilise for a post-pandemic future built on an ethic of public care

By Pauline Cullen and Mary Murphy, Maynooth University Women’s voices in Ireland have not been heard during the pandemic. Covid Women’s Voices, a diverse range of female workers observe daily the gendered realities of the pandemic and call for publicly funded childcare for frontline workers, in-person schooling for children of essential workers, and special protections for care workers…

Opinion polls and civil war politics

By Shane Reynolds, PhD Student, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick This weekend’s Sunday Business Post/Red C Opinion Poll, a year on from the first case of Covid in Ireland and slightly over a year since the 2020 general election, follows trends that have become apparent over the last year. The Irish Polling…

Bad questions or sour grapes?

Today’s Irish Times poll created a small social media storm as some took delight in the apparent public shift in positions on the restrictions in Covid, and others, particularly supporters of the so-called ZeroCovid strategy, were appalled and immediately tried to poke holes in the survey. They argued that the questions were biased, and pointed…

PSAI Teaching and Learning Group webinar: “Teaching politics during the pandemic: experiences, opportunities and challenges” Friday 29th January 10am-12pm

As many of us prepare to enter a third semester of teaching online we are well placed to reflect on and learn from our different experiences, first pivoting to online in March 2020 and from September to December 2020 delivering full modules online, often to large classes including to new first year students we have…

Zoom event Thursday Dec. 17th: Lecture- “The European Union, Security and Defence: Logic of Integration, Logic of Sovereignty”, UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series

The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘The European Union, Security and Defence: Logic of Integration, Logic of Sovereignty’, by Dr. Andrew Cottey, Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 17th December, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time). The zoom link can be found here:…

Book Launch Alert!

Democratic Decision-making Consensus Voting for Civic Society and Parliaments Peter Emerson of the de Borda Institute (Belfast) will be launching his new book on Democratic Decision Making this Monday November 30th between 1900-2000hrs Dublin Time. As usual these days its an online virtual event….but full details and an Eventbrite booking link can be found here:…

Interview with Dr.Marisa McGlinchey, winner of the 2020 Brian Farrell PSAI “Best Book” Prize for 2020.

Dr. Marisa McGlinchey, is the author of Unfinished Business: The ‘politics’ of ‘dissident’ Irish Republicanism. Manchester: MUP. (2019) ISBN 978 0 7190 9698 3. She is based at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. Her research interest lies in Irish politics with a focus on ‘dissident’ Irish republicanism and constitutional…

Budget Digest: 2021

A Fianna Fáil minister and a Fine Gael minister will stand up in the Dáil tomorrow to present their agreed budgetary vision for the coming year. It says something about the enormity of the Covid 19 crisis that the shared budgetary platform of the civil war parties will barely get a mention in dispatches.  The…