On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Irish Unionists are nervous as vote patterns shift

The UK government stumbling towards a political accomodation with the Irish unionist DUP party comes at a time of increasing edginess for the unionist movement. Voters in both the Republic … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Northern Irish well-represented

The Northern Ireland Assembly, re-elected last week, is one of the most representative legislatures in the world, with over 82% of those who voted represented by their preferred political party. … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Elections in the Year 2017

After a tumultuous run of elections in 2016, the parliamentary electoral calendar for 2017 looks somewhat milder, with elections in France and Germany arguably the most significant. In many nations, … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Irish government deal breaks new ground

Ireland’s new Fine Gael-Independent government is at last getting underway, 11 weeks after the February election. The new Enda Kenny Government has an apparently preposterous lack of parliamentary majority in the lower … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Irish minority minority government takes office

Finally, after 70 days of negotiations, the Irish have a government. But only just. The Irish parliament – Dáil Éireann – is elected by the very representative single transferable vote … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Irish not sure who should govern

The lower house of the Irish parliament – the Dáil Éireann– has yet to endorse a government for the country 40 days after voters elected the most politically diverse Dáil … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

Polls show gains for Sinn Féin

Polling in advance of the upcoming Irish elections indicate the historic possibility of the progressive nationalist party Sinn Féin becoming the official opposition. Éire is presently governed by a powerful … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 1 Comment