Political Reform in Ireland: My Personal Electoral and Political Reform Agenda

Adrian Kavanagh, 26th July 2014

Some aspects of the government’s political reform agenda have been achieved over the past three and a half years, including changes to political funding legislation, the implementation of a six-month limit for the holding of by-election contests, the introduction of a gender quota for the next general election and amendments in relation to representative levels and electoral boundaries relating to general and local elections. Continue reading

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Confirmed candidates for the Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South West by-elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 16th July 2014

Following the elections of Luke Ming Flanagan (Midlands-North-West) and Brian Hayes (Dublin) at May’s European Parliament elections, vacancies have arisen in their two Dail constituencies of Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South-West respectively. These are likely to take place at some stage during Autumn 2014 but candidates are likely to be selected/declare themselves as candidates to contest these by-elections over the coming months in advance of these contests taking place. This post aims to list these candidates as and when they are officially confirmed.

Roscommon-South Leitrim will cease to exist as a constituency come the next general election, with Roscommon joining with parts of east Galway to form a new Roscommon-Galway three-seat constituency while Leitrim will join with Sligo and parts of Donegal and Cavan to form a new four-seat Sligo-Leitrim constituency. Dublin South West will be enlarged (and gain an extra seat) at the next general election with the addition of the old Rathfarnham electoral area (2009 boundaries), which is currently part of the Dublin South constituency. These boundary changes are likely to impact on the selection decisions ahead of the by-election contests – as evidenced, for instance, in the selection of Rathfarnham-based candidates to contest Dublin South-West with a view to the next general election, given that this area is not currently part of the Dublin South-West constituency and will not be part of it at the holding of this upcoming by-election.

The Carlow-Kilkenny by-election, to fill the vacancy arising when Phil Hogan takes up his appointment as EU Commissioner, will not take place until Spring 2014. Malcolm Noonan (Green Party) and Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein) – both councillors based in Kilkenny City -
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Ministerial and Junior Ministerial appointments by constituency after the July 2014 Reshuffle (11th/15th July 2014)

Adrian Kavanagh, Friday 11th July 2014 – updated Tuesday 15th July 2014 This post will look at ministerial appointments by constituency and by region, in the wake of today’s Cabinet reshuffle, and will consider whether Geography had an influence on these, while also contrasting these with the initial government appointments made back in March 2011. (This post will be updated after further changes to the junior ministerial ranks are announced next week.) With just thirty ministerial and junior ministerial posts to be distributed, this meant that just 18.1% of Dail deputies and just 28.6% of the (105) Fine Gael and Labour TDs will be taking up these posts.  Continue reading

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“All Changed, Changed Utterly? Irish General Election Boundary Amendments and the 2012 Constituency Commission Report”, Irish Political Studies – Volume 29, Issue 2

An in-depth review of changes to general election boundaries in the Republic of Ireland, with specific reference to the most recent changes in 2012, as published in the latest issue of the Irish Political Studies journal.

Taylor & Francis Online :: All Changed, Changed Utterly? Irish General Election Boundary Amendments and the 2012 Constituency Commission Report – Irish Political Studies – Volume 29, Issue 2.

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Which parties/groupings control the City and County Councils?

Adrian Kavanagh, 23rd June 2014

A month has now passed since the holding of the 2014 Local and European elections and the spoils of victory have now been fought over and divided in most cases (although the first meeting of Monaghan County Council does not take place until this evening). But which parties or groupings have fared the best in terms of the division of these spoils? And could the patterns emerging in terms of the alliances formed to garner control of different councils pose some hints as to which parties or groupings may come together at the national level to form the next government after the next Dail/general election (probably in Autumn 2015). Continue reading

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Papering Over The Cracks? Fine Gael’s performance at the May 23rd elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 16th June 2014

Fine Gael got lucky on a number of accounts at the May 23rd elections. Continue reading

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Their Day Has Come? Reviewing Sinn Fein’s Local and European elections performances

Adrian Kavanagh, 12th June 2014

Apart from the successes associated with the Independents and Others groupings, there is no doubt that Sinn Fein were the big winners in the May 23rd 2014 elections, winning seats in each of the European constituencies (having held no European Parliament seat in the Republic of Ireland coming into the May 23rd contest) and coming very close to trebling their level of representation at the local authority level (increasing their number of City and County Council seats from 54 to 157 between 2009 and 2014). Continue reading

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