Category: Politics

Ireland is Wasting Time Tackling Climate Change

There’s been a lot of talk about climate change recently, this time spawned by the COP24 summit. However, despite this resurgence, we’ve heard nothing new. Reduce this, disaster that, “think of the coral reefs!” etc etc. According to this recent...

/ 10/12/2018

Does Peadar Tóibín’s New Movement Stand a Chance?

New parties have not fared well in Ireland historically. All of the leading parties were established by 1933, and the impact of newcomers has tended to be slight and short-lasting. Contrast this with France, where the En Marche movement captured...

/ 01/12/2018

The Abortion Bill and Conscientious Objection

The abortion Bill presented by Minister Simon Harris is now before the Oireachtas where numerous amendments have been tabled. Some deal specifically with the issue of conscientious objection and want to offer it better protection. The Bill envisages that doctors...

/ 28/11/2018

Can Irish Journalism Save Itself?

With its pre-budget calls for VAT reductions on newspapers and taxpayer funded schemes, the recent NewsBrands Ireland #JournalismMatters campaign sounds more like a plaintive SOS than a viable plan for the future of the Irish newspaper industry. The scale of...

/ 24/11/2018

Democracy isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Professor David Thunder is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Navarra’s Institute for Culture and Society in Pamplona, Spain. He is author of Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Twitter: @davidjthunder As Europe, the United...

Politically Correct Liberals Paved the Way for Peter Casey

Presidential candidate Peter Casey became the talking-point of media pundits and ordinary citizens alike across the country when he depicted Irish travellers as people “camping on someone else’s land,” criticized a particular travelling community for refusing publicly-funded housing, and suggested...

Houses as Cars and the State of Dublin Planning

If you want to sell a car in the European Union, your offering has to meet quite a lot of very specific standards. For example, Commission Regulation 1008/2010, a six-thousand-word epic: “… concerning type-approval requirements for windscreen wiper and washer...

/ 31/10/2018

Is the Peter Casey Surge a Sign of Things to Come?

In 1964, something remarkable happened in American politics. Faced with no real prospect of dislodging the incumbent President Lyndon Johnson, the Republican Party faithful threw caution to the wind. Instead of nominating a moderate such as New York Governor Nelson...

/ 29/10/2018

The Presidential Election: Winners And Losers

I must admit that my interest in the 2018 Irish Presidential Election was primarily one of an amateur psephologist rather than being driven by the politics of the contest or indeed the rather lacklustre candidates. The winner was never in...

/ 28/10/2018

Peter Casey, Populism and the Anti-Establishment

This will merely be a short analysis of the entertaining results of the Presidential Election. As I write, the counting has yet to even begin. Despite that, what is clear is that a candidate polling at 1% for the majority...