Posts By John Baker

Dublin City Council’s Rosie Hackett Bridge: A Landmark in Decision-Making

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This article by John Baker originally appeared on the de Borda Institute’s website. 

On 2 September, 2013, Dublin City Council voted to name the newest bridge over the River Liffey the Rosie Hackett Bridge. What makes this a landmark decision is that it seems to have been the first authoritative decision taken by a public body in Ireland – and perhaps even in Europe – to have used the voting procedure known as the Borda Count, referred to in the Council’s proceedings as a Preferendum (Dublin City Council 2013a, item 24). This report summarises the process, analyses the results, and discusses some of the technical issues that arise with this method of voting. It concludes that the procedure was well suited to the task in hand.


The process for naming the bridge was referred to the Commemorative Naming Committee chaired by Councillor Dermot Lacey. According to Lacey (personal communication), the committee agreed from the start that it would use an open, participatory process to find a name, and invited submissions from the public. In the course of the process, it received thousands of items of correspondence, including official applications for 85 names. This initial list was narrowed down to about thirty through a consensual process within the committee, starting by eliminating names of people who were still alive or had died less than twenty years earlier, as well as figures who had already been honoured by a public naming. The resulting list was then further reduced by discussion within the committee, leading in stages to a list of seventeen and then ten (Dublin City Council 2013b).

The list of ten was reduced within the committee to a shortlist of five, using a version of the Borda Count vote among the six members in attendance. The final shortlist was put to the full council, where all fifty-one members participated in a Borda Count vote. Details of these votes are given below.

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Basic Income Ireland 2014 Summer Forum

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Basic Income Ireland invites you to our

2014 Summer Forum

A half-day conversation about Basic Income.

Date: Saturday 7 June 2014

Time: 1:00 to 5:00, with informal discussion afterwards

Venue: Carmelite Community Centre – 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

No charge. Donations/membership subs will be accepted on the day.

Registration: Please register in advance at

 A Basic Income is a payment from the state to every resident on an individual basis, without any means test or work requirement.

It would be sufficient to live a frugal but decent lifestyle without supplementary income from paid work.

The idea of Basic Income is being advanced world-wide as part of the solution to the issues facing today’s world.

Come join us to discuss the Basic Income solution and to plan activities for the coming 12 months.


1:00-1:45 Welcome and light lunch

1:45-3:10 Recent developments in Basic Income internationally

Keynote speaker: Yannick Vanderborght, one of the leading figures in the new wave of basic income activists. Professor of Political Science at Saint-Louis University, Brussels; Chair of Regional Coordination Committee of Basic Income Earth Network; co-author with Philippe Van Parijs of L’allocation universelle (2005) and co-editor of Basic income: An anthology of contemporary research (2013) and other books on basic income.

Yannick will speak on transnational cooperation in the campaign for basic income and on recent developments in the theory and politics of basic income. Followed by a participatory discussion.

3:10-3:30 Tea and coffee break

3:30-5:00 Advancing Basic Income in Ireland

Brief presentation and participatory discussion

Afterwards: social gathering in The Swan, Aungier Street.

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