Over the last two weeks or so I have been coding, collating, inputting and analysing the data coming from the questionnaires from the recent Left Forum meeting in Dublin ‘Does Ireland need a new left party?’ When the prospect of distributing a questionnaire arose in the organising group’s conversation I had to get involved. My … More Not Data but data.
A short article I have written for the GSI’s GeoNews: Building on work done by Prof. William Smyth and Michael Murphy and later publications by Prof. Paddy Duffy, the Catholic parish boundaries are finally digitised. It has taken four years, a summer internship and five different organisations to get to this stage but 1,360 parishes … More Drawing lines on pages: remaking a very public geography
David Quinn will be able to use the phrase ‘the Roman Catholic community’ with more surety. Atheist Ireland will be able to speak more effectively for their vision for a “fair future based on accurate statistics”. This kind of Victorian bluebook-ism confuses the representation of ‘reality on the ground’ for fairness. … More Not so strange bedfellows
If the highly-centralised Department lay the groundwork for educational policy, and it would appear that they only do so partially, the Catholics ordinarily resident in Portmarnock or Tramore could do themselves a favour by thinking about which box they tick for their ‘religion’ next April. … More Who are Ireland’s Catholics?
In starting my job in early 2006, I was confronted by a couple of seemingly glaring inconsistencies. As a researcher I am trained to produce what are essentially stories about peoples lives, through numbers and narrative. Saying that 16% of respondents agree with X is a story about how people understand the world around them. … More Truth and faith