Please stop giving platforms to fascists: An open letter to Irish Times Editors

To: Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times Editor; John McManus, Irish Times Opinion Editor Dear Editors, I must write to you to complain about the article you published on the Irish Times website on Wednesday 4 January, entitled ‘The alt-right movement: everything you need to know’. Ordinarily, I would not write to complain about the publication of… Read More

Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly has been convened by the Government to make recommendations to the Oireachtas on a variety of topics, most notably on Constitutional reform. The Assembly has been taking submissions from the public on the first item for discussion, the Eighth Amendment. More information can be found at This is my submission.

International Women’s Day 2016

A very happy International Women’s Day to all, and especially to the many amazing women in my life. For the day that’s in it, I’d like to thank two women in particular who helped nominate me as a candidate for the NUI constituency in this year’s Seanad Éireann election. Both are incredibly impressive with great achievements… Read More

The Wisdom of Crowds or the Madness of Crowds? RED C’s New Election Predictor

There was some interesting news out of Clontarf this morning: polling company RED C is using a new method to predict the results of General Election 2016, and it’s suggesting something quite different to other polls. Notably, it suggests that the Labour Party could receive 13% of first-preference votes – 5% more than in Sunday’s… Read More

America’s Experience Should Warn Ireland Away from Student Loans

Earlier this week, Fine Gael announced some of the education promises in its General Election manifesto. Alongside the usual favourites such as reduced pupil-teacher ratios, one very notable promise stood out: the introduction of a student-loan scheme for third-level students.