Clockwise from top left: Dr Eoin O’Malley of DCU, Prof David Farrell of UCD, DCU’s Dr Jane Suiter  and Dr Theresa Reidy of UCC  intend to publish their Oireachtas reform audit during the general election campaign. Photographs: Irish Times/Tomas Tyner/UCC/Maxwells

The Dáil has been deemed a “puny parliament” by four prominent political scientists who will audit all parties’ manifesto proposals for Oireachtas ref(...)

The election of the Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot, if done properly, can make the Ceann Comhairle independent of government in a meaningful way.

The announcement last week that the Government plans to introduce a secret ballot for the election of the ceann comhairle is a tacit acknowledgment th(...)

 The Irish electorate’s sense of duty when it came to voting in the 2011 general election was not diminished by the impact of the economic crisis on their lives, a new study has found. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Irish electorate’s sense of duty when it came to voting in the 2011 general election was not diminished by the impact of the economic crisis on th(...)

Dr Theresa Reidy  of UCC, co-author of a submission  for Ibec in Cork to  the  Cork Local Government Review Committee,  which  opposed the merger of the two Cork councils. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Cork branch of employers group Ibec has denied a U-turn over the proposed merger of Cork city and county council after coming under pressure. The(...)

File photograph of  Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty said a review group report which recommended the merger of Cork city and county councils was “fundamenta(...)

Cork City Hall: Cllr John Paul O’Shea wrote to Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary after Cork City Council agreed to seek legal advice on taking a judicial review of the local government review process. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Mayor of Cork County has written to his counterpart in Cork city asking that Cork City Council to hold off on taking legal action against the p(...)

Last week the CBA, which represents around 250 small and medium-sized businesses in Cork city, came out strongly against the recommendation made by three of the five members of the group under the chairmanship of former Beamish & Crawford MD, Alf Smiddy (above).

A former president of the Cork Business Association (CBA) has come out against the association’s opposition to the proposed merger of Cork City Counci(...)

‘The majority report is poorly written and disappointing in that it leaves us with more questions than answers.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As an undergraduate student in University College Cork in the early 1990s I loved my public administration lectures delivered by Richard Haslam and Ed(...)

Alf Smiddy: Chairman of the review committee, who along with Tom Curran and John Lucey favour the council merger. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cork Chamber of Commerce has welcomed plans to merge the local city and county council insisting that it will be a “winning formula” which will facili(...)

Two committee members disagreed with the conclusion and argued trenchantly for a two-council solution. Photograph: Getty Images

Former minister for the environment Phil Hogan oversaw the abolition of town councils and mergers of some county councils as part of a dramatic and co(...)