Friday June 5, 2020

Political reform: Playing by the numbers

The truth is that reform has not changed how Ireland really works

9th May, 2015

The word reform is a misleading concept. The definition of the verb is to make changes in something, especially an institution or practice, in order to improve it. In Ireland, reform is understood in a numerical sense. A concept which seeks to reduce. The much heralded “democratic revolution” is about numbers, not power.

The number of TDs will be reduced from 166 to 158 in the next Dáil. Politicians earn less. The Oireachtas...

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