Category Archives: Referendum

Citizens’ Assembly Recommendations on Referendums: An Opportunity to Enhance our Democracy

Dr Conor O’Mahony Last weekend’s meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly generated a wide range of recommendations on how we might improve the way we operate our referendum process. Some of these will garner more publicity than others, but all of … Continue reading

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Of Constitutions and Cookery Shows

Dr Conor O’Mahony Anyone who follows political debate in Ireland, and referendum campaigns in particular, will be familiar with the idea of ͞balance͟. It is a deceptively simple concept: each side of a particular debate should get a fair crack … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event – Sovereignty since 1916: Has the Law fulfilled the Promise of the Proclamation?

  Monday 14th March, 2016 5.45pm – 7.30pm Venue: Boole 2 “In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and … Continue reading

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The Officer, the Master, the President and the Chief: Supreme Court Unhappy at Signing of Marriage Equality Bill

Dr Conor O’Mahony The recent unsuccessful legal challenge to the outcome of the marriage referendum threw up some interesting points of discussion, and not all of them related to the outlandish nature of the arguments made by the petitioners. From … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Crowds: Legal Opinions on Surrogacy, DAHR and the Marriage Referendum

Dr Conor O’Mahony The campaign around the referendum on marriage equality has seen technical argument around the interpretation of the Irish Constitution rear its head in places it is not often seen, whether in the media, the barroom or the … Continue reading

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