Innovative public voting experiment on national unity government


Matrix Vote Seminar

The Irish Times, in association with The de Borda Institute, DCU and CiviQ, is hosting a unique voting experiment demonstrating how a power sharing government could be elected in Ireland.

Seven weeks after the general election, negotiations continue between the main political parties on how to form a new administration that has sufficient numbers to hold sway in the Dáil. But there is another way.

Instead of creating a traditional “government versus opposition” divide, all political parties could be represented around the Cabinet table in a manner similar to power sharing arrangements in Nordic countries and other jurisdictions, including Northern Ireland.

The event will take place at Ballymun Civic Centre on Saturday, April 23rd.  Participants will be asked to assume the identity of a TD for the morning. As part of the demonstration, participants will cast ballots under a matrix voting system, designed to create a government of national unity.

The workshop will be run by a team of political scientists led by The de Borda Institute. It will be followed by a discussion with politicians and political analysts, including Irish Times Political Editor Stephen Collins, on whether Irish politics is ready for power sharing – and if not why not.

The event runs from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm at Ballymun Civic Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9. Places are limited.

Confirmed for the round-table discussion are:

Stephen Collins, Political Editor, The Irish Times
Roisin Shortall, Social Democrats TD for Dublin North West
Jane Suiter, Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism, DCU

To participate please contact marketing@irishtimes.com and put “Politics” in the subject line.

For more information on the event see: www.deborda.org