‘The best that might happen in the next election is that the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of Irish politics finally form a coalition government, rather than repeat the present nonsense.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It is not just an Irish political crisis. But how we vote at the next election, and what we demand from our politicians, can still make a big differen(...)

The citizens’ assembly underlines Ireland’s status as ‘the most innovative democracy in Europe’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish citizens may be surprised to hear they belong to “the most innovative democracy in Europe”, but that’s the verdict of political commentator Davi(...)

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(...)