Category: Politics


The politics of kindness trumps the politics of selfishness

Colm O'Doherty 20/07/2020

The Pandemic has shown us how important kindness is in our daily lives.  Our gratitude to front line  workers in hospitals, care homes , …

Coronavirus: It can’t be politics as usual if we are to survive

Shana Cohen 19/03/2020

Coronavirus has shown that there has never been a more important time to shift from the politics of me to the politics of us – but are our …

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 …

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 …

Think Tanks Should Put 'Public' Back in Policy

Shana Cohen 23/08/2018

According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program, “think tanks are public policy research, analysis, and …

Male breadwinner activation, wifely labour and the Irish patriarchy

Mary Murphy 23/05/2018

  Writing in the week of the referendum to repeal the 8thReferendum, the cervical check debacle and the shocking violent deaths of two women it …

Should Ireland Stay in the EU?

Nat O'Connor 04/07/2017

Former Irish ambassador Ray Bassett has written a detailed report for the UK think-tank Policy Exchange entitled After Brexit, Will Ireland be Next …

Economic Inequality and Populism

Nat O'Connor 09/06/2017

On 31 May, I delivered a paper on economic inequality and the rise of populism at the RIA's annual international affairs conference (Retreat from …

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