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Battle for Westminster: Predicting the Unpredictable Brexit Election

While the United Kingdom is embroiled in a Brexit crisis, the public is heading to the polls for the third general election in just five years. The government lost its majority when Johnson expelled 21 of his MPs for voting…

Social Democracy: The Meandering Road from Radical Marxism to Reformist Neoliberalism

This year is the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Irish Trades Union Congress which was the first Irish based trade union movement and the precursor to the Irish Labour Party. With the huge influence that social democracy has…

US Election Candidates

Democratic Party 2020: Who Will Take on Trump’s Re-election Machine? The Democratic presidential primary debate that took place on the 15th of October broke the record for the most presidential candidates to take part in such a debate. A total…

Deal of the Century: “Peace to Prosperity” Summit Suggests Cautious Progress on the Horizon

Over the last 12 months, the term “The deal of the Century” has been coined on all forms of media. It refers to Donald Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East, specifically revolving around the Palestine-Israel conflict. This came with…

Hong Kong Protests Spiral Out of Control

These past seventeen weeks, Hong Kong has been rocked by almost uninterrupted protests. Starting as a popular outcry against a government-proposed extradition bill, the movement evolved to encompass frustrations regarding the lack of democracy in the region and interferences of…

Budget 2020: “In the Shadow of Brexit.”

In his opening remarks, Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe said that budget 2020 was ‘developed in the shadow of Brexit.’ The budget he went on to deliver had very few surprises. In fact, the contents of this year’s budget were…

Election 2020: A Strategic Look Ahead

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said recently that he hopes the next general election would be in May 2020. This will bring an end to a Dáil that over the course of four years has gone from being cheered as the beginning…

The Political Green Wave: What exactly happened, and what now?

In her address to the UN climate action summit in New York the 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg said, ‘the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.’ In her fiery and passionate speech, the climate activist vehemently attacked the…

Pandemonium over Prerogative Powers

“No justification with taking action of such an extreme effect has been put before the Court,’ claimed Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court, in delivering the Court’s recent historic judgement. This was in response to the legality of…

Broken Parliament, Broken Politics

Outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster there is a daily clashes. Pro-European protestors chant ‘stop the coup’ and enthusiastically wave the EU flag. They are passionate, noisy and vast in numbers. For one particular protestor, it is his life….

The Far-Right in Ireland: Faction or Fringe?

Over the Summer the Google European Headquarters on Barrow Street were the stage for prolonged demonstrations as freelance journalist Gemma O’Doherty protested the ban handed to her by the video-sharing platform YouTube, one of the company’s many subsidiaries. O’Doherty, joined…

The Premature Effort To Ban Election Posters

As the local and European elections approach, one fact of Irish politics is the inevitable emergence of posters for political candidates. Postering is a very Irish phenomenon, with many other countries either restricting their use to designated areas or favouring…