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Members of the assembly will debate how referendum campaigns are regulated, and when and how they should take place.  Photograph: Getty Images

The future of referendums in Ireland will be discussed by the Citizens’ Assembly at its next meeting in January. Members of the assembly will debate(...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: also confirmed a counselling service was available to TDs, Senators and staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs and Senators are to be given training on ways they can assist constituents who present with mental health difficulties. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

 Mobilised:  Irish protest was galvanised by the campaign against water charges. Photograph: Mart Klein/Ikon/Getty

Populism is a race to the bottom in Irish politics,” says the Labour TD Alan Kelly. “It’s where political parties and political individuals will do an(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny.  Martin definitively rejected Kenny’s offer of a  grand coalition, but he offered to facilitate a Fine Gael minority Government. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A year ago tomorrow, Ireland went to the polls for a general election that would provide the greatest upheaval in Irish politics since . . .(...)

A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity was necessary to correct Ireland’s public finances, but it was not responsible for the rapid recovery of the country’s economy subsequently,(...)

The consensus in political science was that the rise of populism in recent elections across the world, while significant, would reach a natural ceiling: the mainstream political forces would continue to hold the line. Photograph: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This year has been a rollercoaster of a year for democracy, and also for those whose work is in the serious study of politics. This time last year mos(...)

Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown

Now that Christmas has arrived, it’s time for political junkies to take some downtime. Here are some ideas on how they might treat themselves over the(...)

Against Elections: The Case for Democracy proposes sortition – governing by the drawing of lots – instead of  election. Illustration: Oivind Hovland/Ikon/Getty

What’s happening to our democracies? Donald Trump’s presidential-election victory in the United States, after a bitter campaign characterised by decei(...)

Dáil reform: “It is not just the Government that will have a lot to get used to in the new Dáil – so too will the members of the Opposition.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The term “new politics” is being bandied about a lot of late, and not in a positive sense. Commentators moan about how long it took for the Government(...)

Fine Gael won a 10 per cent seat bonus at the last general election – in other words ten per cent more seats than their vote warranted in percentage terms. Photograph: PA

We were discussing a particularly obnoxious candidate. Call him “Murphy”. My wife assured us that her’s was the best approach – she would use her us(...)

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