Compromise is Possible in Northern Ireland—but it must be based on respect and mutual understanding

Sometimes it feels like disagreement is to Northern Ireland what chips are to fish—they just go together. Six months have passed since voters went to the polls and elected new representatives to the Assembly—or so they thought. Discussions between the two major parties are set to resume this autumn, but with no agreement between Sinn…

Clutching at Straws for Coalition?

To use an old cliché, unless you have been living under a rock, by now you’ll have learned that Theresa May’s Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland have decided to form a coalition government. I’ve written a few paragraphs in my time but that last statement might be the most far-fetched….

Political Parties Gather for Model Dáil 2016

This year’s annual Model Dáil debates hosted by both UCC’s International Relations Society and Government & Politics Society took place in Devere Hall on Monday the 14th. The event, which takes place every year pitting each of the parties present on campus against each other in debates regarding pressing issues in Irish politics today, took…

General Election 2016 – Cork Constituency Profiles

With the next General Election being expected to be announced soon, UCC Express Staff Writer & Political Activist Stephen Spillane writes in-detail about each of the constituencies in Cork and who he expects to win *Denotes sitting TD, **Denotes sitting Senator Cork East (4 Seats) Candidates: Barbara Ahern (FF), Tom Barry (FG)*, Paul Bradford (RN)**,…