NEW BOOK: The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics

Originally posted on Irish Politics Forum:
Although the office of President of Ireland has attracted a great deal of public attention, especially since the election of Mary Robinson in 1990, the presidency has been the subject of little analysis. This gap in our knowledge of Irish politics is filled by this timely collection, which brings together a set of…

A Fine Gael / Fianna Fáil Reconciliation? A 1927 Proposal

Many thanks to the William Carleton Society for permission to use this footage. Further details on the Society are available from http://www.williamcarletonsociety.org Speaking at the William Carleton Summer School this week, Mary O’Rourke advocated that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael bridge the political divide between them and give serious thought to coming together in a political coalition come theContinue reading “A Fine Gael / Fianna Fáil Reconciliation? A 1927 Proposal”

Convening the Council of State: a Look Back Over 73 Years (Media Contributions)

  Yesterday, Michael D Higgins convened the first meeting of the Council of State of his presidency.  The members — with the exception of Mary Robinson, John Bruton and Albert Reynolds who sent their apologies — were called together to discuss the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, 2013.  It was the twenty-seventh time inContinue reading “Convening the Council of State: a Look Back Over 73 Years (Media Contributions)”

Living in the Shadow of History: Swords

With a view like this from the window of my childhood bedroom, it’s probably not all that surprising that the past has captured my imagination.  I grew up conscious that I was living in the shadow of the 80-foot-tall residence of the Plunkett family who had resided at Dunsoghly Castle between the fifteenth and nineteenthContinue reading “Living in the Shadow of History: Swords”