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Venezuela’s Despotic Dilemma

Venezuela, a country of over 31 million people has been in the grip of economic catastrophe for over five years. They possess the world’s largest oil reserves, and the trade of this commodity represents 96% of the country’s export income….

The Causes And Effects Of Negative News

A quick glance at two of the most popular Irish news websites displays how negative news is ubiquitous in the media. The Irish Times website on the 25th of January 2019 at 18:30; ‘Brexit: soldiers may return to Border, Varadkar…

The Social Psychological Explanation of Political Cleavages

A cleavage by definition implies a division. Within politics, divisions are overtly evident and are commonly a contentious area and stratified to a large degree. There are a number of explanations for why there are significant political cleavages in our…

Politics Society Welcomes Mexican Ambassador

UCD Politics and International Relations Society welcomed Mr. Miguel Malfavón, the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, on Monday evening, to give a talk titled ‘Mexico 2018: A New Political Reality’. The event began with an introduction video that aimed to explain…

Law

Keeping Politics To The Politicians

Last November, financial markets worldwide braced themselves as Donald Trump barged his way into the Oval Office, using not much more than braggadocious remarks and a deep wallet. Despite the initial 7% drop in US equities, things picked up as…

Brazil’s Right-Wing Resurgance

For the first time since 1985 Brazilians have elected a far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency. In a landslide victory of 58 million votes, Bolsonaro defeated left-wing candidates such as Fernando Heddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), shaking the…

Opinion: Negative Democracy Is On The Rise

Negative Democracy refers to the rising fad where members of a democracy decide to vote against something instead of voting for it. Negative democracy was ubiquitous in the last American election and we all know how that turned out. Some…

Brexit: Deal Or No Deal, Time Is Running Out

This month saw an interesting dance playing out in Brussels, with United Kingdom Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab making a last minute and unexpected trip to Brussels. Many suspected that this was a sign of a breakthrough in negotiations, hopes that…

Electoral Reform And How It Could Change The Face Of Irish Politics

The Irish political sphere has been a stagnant affair for almost one hundred years now, and with recent anti-austerity movements in the foreplay of people’s politics, is there a tenable solution to fundamentally change and perhaps fix Irish politics? Evidence…

Entschuldigung, vous ablo EU? A Case For A Common EU Language

It is time for the EU to develop a common language. We already have a common market; a common currency and we can freely travel to any country within the EU. However, what we don’t have is the ability to…

Aidan Regan Receives Funding To Open Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Aidan Regan is assistant professor at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. He has just been awarded a grant by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme to open a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in UCD. The project will…

Just €500 Million the Difference Between Free College Education and a Loan Scheme Say USI

The difference between totally free college education and a student loan scheme could be just €500 million stated out-going USI President Kevin Donohue. The Cassells report into the future government funding options for colleges and universities is now 8-months late….