-Reviewing Constitutions

Reviewing Constitutions: the Role of Constitutional Conventions

The Royal Irish Academy invites you to attend Constitutional Conversation No. 2 of 6 Reviewing Constitutions: the Role of Constitutional Conventions Professor David Farrell, MRIA, School of Politics and International Relations, UCD, will be chairing this conversation. Mr Tom Arnold, MRIA, Director General, IIEA, panellist Mr Art O’Leary, Secretary General to the President, panellist Dr…

Government report on the diaspora snubs the diaspora, the Dáil and the Irish Constitutional Convention

The government launched its new diaspora policy last week – Global Irish – in which it applauded itself on its diaspora policy. Lots of warm words waft throughout the 57-page glossy document. But buried in the detail is a confirmation (on p. 21) that the government has chosen to ignore the recommendation of the Irish…

Crunch time approaches for the constitutional convention

For those of us who have been following the progress of Ireland’s constitutional convention, tomorrow promises to be an important date. According to the Dáil’s schedule of business, the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government will be providing a statement on the Convention’s first report tomorrow afternoon/evening. While (to the best of my knowledge) no…

The Irish Constitutional Convention illustrates how ordinary citizens can play their part in the process after all

Post by Harry McGee, political correspondent The Irish Times. This article originally appeared in the Connacht Tribune, 12 June 2013 I have to say I was sceptical about the notion of a citizens’ assembly becoming part of official political discourse in Ireland. The idea is that rather than getting politicians to decide on new political direction,…