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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….

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SmartVote Claims Elevator Award at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Ceremony

The Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards are held to accredit the brightest new ideas in Ireland each year, and the Elevator Award is set up to help these start-ups advance and reach the next level. The Elevator award winners this year…

Renua Ireland Keen To Get Students Involved

In their policy document issued at the launch of the party and found on their website, Renua Ireland make no reference to students and make very little reference to education on a whole. Throughout their 45 page document the only…

Fianna Fáil Still Struggling For Political Identity

Much of the talk occupying Irish political discourse at the moment is the notion of a revolution; a great changing of the guard that will see the political landscape of this country uprooted and turned on its head. As a…

Russell’s Revolution And The Dangers Of “Don’t Vote Politics”

Russell Brand was known to many of us before his political awakening. The good looking, unhealthy swarthy comedian has been a familiar figure on television screens and in celebrity magazines over the past decade. He has starred in Hollywood movies,…

UCD Political Societies United on Marriage Equality

While no date has yet been officially confirmed for the spring’s upcoming referendum on marriage equality, viagra UCD’s political societies have all already announced their intentions to campaign for a Yes vote. The Kevin Barry Cumann, illness UCD Labour, ask…

Questions raised over EU Commission’s Energy appointee

Criticism is mounting over the EU’s decision to appoint the Spanish Popular Party’s Miguel Arias Cañete to the position of Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action. Mr Arias Cañete, medicine who served as Minister for Agriculture, case Food and Environment…