Analysis > February 2016

Fiscal Space

The election campaign is not yet a week old.  And like all newborns it is noisy and messy and not yet making much sense. Much of the initial wailing has been about the vexed question of the fiscal space. As Michael Noonan has noted, calculating the fiscal space is not high maths. But the political handling of this issue has succeeded in generating extraordinary levels of confusion. Here are the facts: On the day before the election was called Sinn …

Jury’s out on the Special Criminal Court

The very existence of the Special Criminal Court has become an unexpected battleground in the election campaign. The court is used to try cases without a jury, where it’s believed that juries and witnesses could be at risk of intimidation. It’s on the agenda because of the violent gun attack in the Regency Hotel in Dublin last weekend, where an audacious shooting was carried out by criminals dressed as Gardaí. One man was shot dead and two are being treated …