As the Constitutional Convention continues to rumble closer and closer, there are many who are beginning to ponder the point of the exercise. Heralded by those on the government benches as a “landmark” event in Irish constitutional history, the Convention will, in theory allow the Irish people to discuss and resolve several issues to bring the Constituion into the 21st century: a Constitution 2.0 if you will. Of the mooted issues, there are all shapes and sizes. Voting age, the term of office for the President, women in politics…stifle your [...]
See Part 1: “Dude, Where’s My Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth?” Part 2: “Down and Dirty with the Treaty.” PART 3: “Why Can’t We All Be Friends?” The final part of a trilogy usually contains a “Return” in their title. “Return of the Jedi,” “Return of the King… actually those are the only two I can think of. If this blog was to follow with that trend, it would probably be called “Return of the Patronising Television Ads” or “Return of the Weird Bald Lad with the English Accent”. The [...]
Polling day for the Fiscal Treaty referendum is fast approaching and the fact that Taoiseach Enda Kenny refuses to enter into debate on the matter continues to raise questions. The latest to voice his concern on the matter is Fianna Fáil leader and fellow advocate for a ‘Yes’ vote, Micháel Martin. The matter arose last week when TV3 asked Mr Kenny to debate the issue on Tonight with Vincent Browne, which he declined. Enda Kenny plans to address the nation on Sunday night hoping to convince the public to vote [...]
PART 2: “Down and Dirty with the Treaty.” As titillating as the title may sound, this article is unfortunately the boring member of the trio: the Harry to the other blogs’ Ron and Hermione, the fat freckly one from the Jonas Brothers. Here we have to get into the nitty-gritty of the Treaty if we’re going to fully understand it. When we talked last, our country had run out of money, it looked like we were going to need another bailout, and things generally looked pretty rough. It only gets [...]
(Part One of Three: A Trilogy, much like the Lord of the Rings, only nobody dies in the first one and then comes back.) “Dude, Where’s My Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth?” OK… I bet I can guess what’s on your mind. All over college campuses, there’s only one thing that’s setting students’ imaginations alight. Between arranging their highlighters in alphabetical order (?) and shushing chatty colleagues, the mature students are talking about one thing only. Between organising militant lesbian marches and co-ordinating their clothes for maximum colour clash, the [...]
When you’re in the Green Army, you’ll follow Enda’s orders. This month, he instructs his soldiers, followers and taxpayers to climb the rocky road to the Fiscal Treaty with him.
This week: Water meters, onion bhajis and pepper spray – another week in Irish politics
Andrew Haworth analyses the upcoming referendum, and asks what is democratic about political parties and interest groups scaring the people into voting one way or the other? On the 28th of February, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, announced to the Dáil and the listening public, that the EU Fiscal Compact Treaty would require a referendum following legal advice from the Attorney-General. Immediately following this announcement, the unofficial campaigns of those in favour and against began. Social media was engulfed with opinions, arguments and links to sources to back up various claims. Current affairs shows on [...]
A referendum held by Dublin City University(DCU) Student’s Union on the funding of higher level education has been announced null and void due to a constitutional breach. The format of the referendum’s ballot paper was not in line with the way in which students were told to conduct their vote. As the counting of the votes was not conducted under the proportional representation by the single transferable vote method the referendum was deemed unconstitutional. For the count the Students Union took on the proportional representation method in which only the [...]
Next year Irish voters are guaranteed at least three trips to the ballot box, on three different issues. In 2012 we should be voting on the long awaited Chrildren’s Rights Referendum, we will also have a vote on abolishing Seanad Eireann as announced by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, in is National Address on Sunday and we will have one on the new EU Treaty being proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The Children’s Right referendum has been promised to us over the last two years [...]
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