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Saturday 11 October, 2014

Opinion: The McNulty affair shows political reform has misplaced focus

Appointing party members to state boards is actually defensible in many ways, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Friday 25 July, 2014

Opinion: Voter turnout isn’t a problem, so let’s stop all the hand-wringing

Do we really need to solve the ‘problem’ of low turnout?

Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Column: An Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crisis would be a show trial

We need to establish exactly what caused the banking crisis and led to the bank guarantee scheme – but are TD best placed to do this? A Commission of Inquiry is surely a better model, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Friday 17 May, 2013

Column: Seanad reform suggestions are practical but limit real bicameral change

While there are practical arguments for a bill that requires no constitutional change, it limits any reform across the whole legislative body, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Monday 1 April, 2013

Column: The Meath East by-election is small-scale but still has lessons for politicians

While the by-election will have no immediate impact on the arithmetic of government, the results demonstrate that Labour and Sinn Féin need to take stock of their approaches, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Column: 'Ming' case demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of parliamentary privilege

The that fact a garda believes TDs are exempt from penalty points, and a TD evidently agreed, shows a basic misunderstanding of the purpose of parliamentary privilege, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Friday 22 February, 2013

Column: How can the polls on abortion in Ireland differ so much?

The most recent poll on abortion said two-thirds of Irish people want legal protection of the unborn, but another poll showed the majority in favour of legalised abortions in certain circumstances, so which is it, asks Eoin O’Malley.

Sunday 27 January, 2013

Column: Why is government more damaging to Labour than Fine Gael?

Small parties tend to suffer disproportionately in government – so, in order to survive, Labour needs to realise who its real supporters are, writes Dr Eoin O’Malley.

Friday 3 August, 2012

Column: Why are people supporting Seán Quinn? Well, it’s an Irish tradition

We might find the rallies in support of Seán Quinn shocking – but there are simple reasons for it, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Friday 6 July, 2012

Column: TD expenses controversy misses the point

If TDs are found to be misusing travel allowances but didn’t know about it, writes Eoin O’Malley, maybe the rules are the problem…

Saturday 28 April, 2012

Column: Hollande wants to re-negotiate the treaty – but what does that mean for Ireland?

François Hollande has made it clear he is not a fan of the fiscal compact or the stability treaty, writes Eoin O’Malley. Now he seems to be encouraging the Irish to vote No.

Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Column: How will Ireland vote on the EU treaty?

As Ireland reacts to yesterday’s announcement of a referendum, politics lecturer Eoin O’Malley looks at the prospects of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns.

Saturday 11 February, 2012

Column: Has Michael Healy-Rae hit on a way to make us happier?

The independent TD’s comments on car registrations may have been silly, writes Eoin O’Malley – but maybe we should look into it a little more…

Friday 27 January, 2012

Column: Nobody likes the party whips – but our democracy needs them

TDs are often blamed for toeing their party line, writes Eoin O’Malley, but the alternatives would be even worse.