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    What the UK could learn from Ireland’s EU referendum campaigns

What the UK could learn from Ireland’s EU referendum campaigns

Ireland has held several referendums on EU issues, with both the Treaty of Nice and the Treaty of Lisbon being rejected by the electorate, before subsequently being approved in second referendums. Gavin Barrett outlines five lessons the British government could learn from the Irish experience, including the feasibility of the UK holding its own second referendum should the country […]

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    The 2016 Irish election demonstrated how gender quotas can shift the balance on female representation

The 2016 Irish election demonstrated how gender quotas can shift the balance on female representation

The 2016 general election in Ireland was the first where legal gender quotas for candidate selection applied, with the election producing a 40 per cent increase in the number of female parliamentarians (TDs) elected. Fiona Buckley assesses how Ireland has implemented gender quotas and their impact on women’s candidacy and electoral success in the 2016 election.

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    A British departure from the EU would have major consequences for Ireland

A British departure from the EU would have major consequences for Ireland

The UK’s referendum on EU membership will be keenly observed by Irish citizens, given the close ties between the two countries. Paul Gillespie writes that a Brexit could be highly disruptive for Ireland, and would likely have a particularly large impact in Northern Ireland, where the issue of Irish unity could be pushed on to the public agenda.

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    The 2016 Irish general election: a final look at the parties and the polling

The 2016 Irish general election: a final look at the parties and the polling

Irish voters go to the polls today in the country’s general election. Ahead of the vote, Adrian Kavanagh provides a final look at the parties and the polling. Using a constituency level analysis of opinion polls, he illustrates how seat projections have changed since 2014, noting that a late swing in the polling means the governing parties, Fine Gael […]

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    Debunking myths: Why austerity and structural reforms have had little to do with Ireland’s economic recovery

Debunking myths: Why austerity and structural reforms have had little to do with Ireland’s economic recovery

Ireland was one of the countries hardest hit by the financial crisis, however it has emerged with a strong recovery and now boasts the fastest pace of economic growth of any country in the Euro area. But what explains the Irish recovery and could it act as a model for other Eurozone states? Aidan Regan writes that contrary to […]

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    The 2016 Irish general election: the parties and the polling

The 2016 Irish general election: the parties and the polling

Ireland is expected to hold its next general election in either February or March. Ahead of the election, James McBride assesses developments since the last contest in 2011, where Fianna Fáil saw its vote share substantially reduced in the aftermath of the financial crisis. He writes that present polling suggests Fine Gael will retain its status as the largest […]

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