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Democracy in overdrive: time for a break from the ballots

Will this endless cycle of consultative decision-making ever end? In the league table of fevers, ‘election’ sits a lot closer to ‘scarlet’ than ‘Saturday night’, yet we appear to have found ourselves trapped on an election merry-go-round spinning out of … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Can we really trust this well-funded Rebel Alliance?

Well-funded rebels, fuelled by dogma and self-sacrifice, take on an authoritarian regime losing its grip on a multi-ethnic territory. Where do these script writers get their ideas? Continue reading

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This isn’t a revolution. It’s a mess.

Richard Boyd-Barrett says it’s a political earthquake. He made the claim having just been elected to the new Dáil in the Dun Laoghaire constituency, a constituency which saw the combined vote for centre-right parties rise from 28,223 in 2011 to … Continue reading

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The sad tale of Roberto Mussi and the Labour Party

In his hometown of Massa, Roberto Mussi is still viewed with hatred and derision. People spit on him when he walks by. Shopkeepers refuse to serve him, and little children cry when his name is mentioned. Mussi played right-back for … Continue reading

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Let’s stay together: Why can’t Irish people just get along?

The Irish are predispositioned to splitting up, especially when it comes to politics. Why can’t we just get along? Continue reading

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A mistaken coincidence: the curious case of the would-be politician and the modern art museum

Not since a sculptor forgot a key part of Claudius’ anatomy has the art world so seriously threatened the reputation of a political leader. The scandal began – and this is the first time in the history of written language … Continue reading

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Retaining the Seanad: Ireland’s love of second houses

How times change: the last government tried to convince us all to buy second houses in Bulgaria, this one seems to think we can’t even afford two on Kildare Street. The defeat of the referendum to abolish the Seanad has … Continue reading

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