Although unfinished at the time of his death, Peter Mair’s Ruling the Void, is an important book. It tells the story of the slow death -or what Mair calls the ‘hollowing out’- of Western European liberal democracy.
General election 2016 presents voters with a straight choice – a Fine Gael or a Sinn Féin led government.
The idea that the outcome has all but been decided is not only insulting to voters but runs contrary to the facts.
The centenary of the 1916 Rising can be an occasion of great importance, but only if we use it wisely. The coming months provide us with the opportunity for reflection on our past and understanding of our present.
So here’s how it works. At 5am my army council issue alarm clock abruptly wakes me. I jump out of bed and take a 4 minute military style cold shower.
I then eagerly stand to attention beside the army council issue telex machine. At 5.25am my orders arrive telling me where to go, who to meet and what to say.
Duly instructed, I go about my business as a Sinn Féin activist and South Dublin County Councillor.
So, the recovery has finally arrived. The economy is growing, unemployment is falling and the long cold winter of austerity has come to an end.
Across the world 50 million people are currently displaced because of war. Conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lybia, Eretria and South Sudan have seen an increase in the number of people seeking refuge in Europe.
An event of profound importance took place in Brussels during the early hours of Monday last.
The significance of the European summit negotiations extends well beyond the immediate –and devastating- consequences for the people of Greece.