Party political conditions have driven reform and potentially  overextended the Dáil’s reach in doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Apart from the attempts to strengthen Oireachtas inquiries in 2011 and to introduce a unicameral system in 2013, the political establishment has cons(...)

Demonstrators at a pro choice protest in Dublin earlier this month.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In order to advance their view on the abortion issue the campaigners on both sides seem determined not only to take side swipes at politicians opposed(...)