Category: Democratic accountability


How to defeat the politics of division and polarisation

Shana Cohen 08/10/2019

Over the next few weeks we will see if the political tactic of accelerating divisiveness triumphs over calls to restore civility in the UK. Neither of the two biggest parties can claim innocence when it comes to demonising opponents. The spectre of angry, destructive politics that has become so entrenched in the UK (and indeed in other countries, …



A Critical Election, A Crucial Choice

Shana Cohen 22/05/2019

This week, citizens in EU countries will go to the polls to elect MEPs.  These elections are widely considered to be the most important for some …

Nationalism and nation

Colm O'Doherty 28/01/2019

I am a long-term admirer of Fintan O’ Toole’s writing but in his recent analysis of the factors which triggered Brexit (Not just the economy, …

How to Effectively Address Populist Anxieties

Shana Cohen 01/06/2018

 I came to Ireland from the UK, where I lived between 2004-17 (I am originally from the United States). I encountered, fairly early on the …

Transparency Will be Key to Delivering the National Investment Plan

Eoin Reeves 28/02/2018

The new national development plan Project Ireland 2040 could very well be a game changer in terms of Ireland’s future economic prospects.  …

Ethics law needs to set the tone for standards in public life

Nuala Haughey 12/01/2017

Issues of ethics in public office are enjoying a rare moment in the spotlight with the ongoing discussion over US President-elect Donald Trump’s …

Leave no trace? How to combat off the record government

Nuala Haughey 13/12/2016

When we think of government record keeping it often conjures up images of dusty archives stuffed with crumbling paper documents. While historical …

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