Category Political geography

Trump and the Potential for a New Progressive Movement in Ireland*

What is the impact of Trump’s election on Irish politics? Could we see an Irish Trump or new right-wing party elected into the Dáil or even lead a new government? This potential nightmare scenario is possible given the economic crisis and distrust in political parties and government in Ireland. However, this means that there is also an […]

Post-Truth Politics

In a well-ordered democracy the public debate of an election campaign would approximate what Jürgen Habermas projected as an ‘ideal speech situation.’ [1] The Wikipedia definition is concise and accurate: In an ideal speech situation, participants would be able to evaluate each other’s assertions solely on the basis of reason and evidence in an atmosphere […]

Ireland and the British Isles

Is Ireland in the British Isles? The Oxford English Dictionary seems clear. It tells us that the British Isles is: A group of islands, including Britain, Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands, lying […]

Was Hillary Clinton ‘abandoned’ by women voters?

Claire McGing, Department of Geography, Maynooth University Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in the recent presidential election came as a shock to many voters and observers. This was especially the case for those (myself included) who believed they were about to bear witness to history and, 96 years after American women won the right […]

Trump versus Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential Election: Disproportionality and the Electoral College

Adrian Kavanagh, 21st November 2016 Adrian Kavanagh is on Twitter – follow him at @adriankavanagh Another version of this post was published on the adriankavanaghelections.org website on the 18th November 2016 (and will be subsequently updated as final election figures come in for the remaining states). With the dust now settling following the conclusion of the very-very-long 2016 […]

‘Squat City’ evicted again in August 2016: The battle over the Grangegorman Squat in Dublin

From 2013 to 2016, ‘Squat City’ at Grangegorman was a hub of activity and a spring for the squatting movement in Dublin. After the final closure of the squat in August 2016, Rachel Mc Ardle- an IRC-funded PhD student (#LoveIrishResearch) in the Department of Geography and the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)- […]

Making Art and Making Place: Reflecting on the story of the Carlow Sugar Factory

This post discusses ‘Ex-Machina’, a film by Frances Hegarty and Andrew Stones, and ‘Carlow Sugar Factory’, a collection of photography by P.L. Curran, both of which are currently being exhibited at VISUAL Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Carlow until 22 October 2016. Below, Aoife Kavanagh explores the stories these art works convey, and how […]