A new book on ‘the second Republic’

Posted by David Farrell (November 1, 2011) Here’s the link for the new book by Peadar Kirby and Mary P. Murphy, entitled Towards a Second Republic: Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger (Pluto, 2011). The blurb reads as follows: Towards a Second Republic analyses Ireland’s economics, politics and society, drawing important lessons from its cycles of boom and…

Meteors, Dinosaurs and Political Reform

David Farrell (December 20, 2010) Political systems are very sticky. It takes a lot to uproot and alter them. This is why very few of the world’s established democracies have experienced the sort of radical reform that websites like this are calling for Ireland. The fact is that political systems are hard to change: once…