Category: Democratic accountability


How to Prevent Social Nimbyism?

Colm O'Doherty 15/11/2019

The Problem Social nimbyism and social exclusion as witnessed in Achill, Ballinamore and Oughterard are not new occurrences in this country. Attempts to settle travellers and social housing tenants in locations around the country have, over the years, also met with organized opposition. Difference, whether it be related to ethnicity, class or …



Reflections on the TASC Ahead

Gail Irvine 21/10/2019

In October, TASC (the Think Tank for Action on Social Change) held the first of a number of planned events to mark their 20th anniversary, billed as …

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 …

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.  …

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Robert Sweeney

Robert Sweeney is a policy analyst at TASC and focuses on issues surrounding Irish …

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  He is a …

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Dr Sinéad Pembroke is a research fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity …