• An investigation into Irish politicians who recorded their attendance in the main government building for expenses purposes on days when they did not attend any of the votes held there. I pitched this idea while on a Google News Initiative Fellowship. I wrote a scraper in R to collect data on voting records and combined this with publicly available attendance records to make a database that showed who had missed votes when they had recorded themselves as onsite.

  • Similar to the above investigation but for members of the Seanad rather than the Dáil.

  • An investigation into Dublin’s housing crisis. I worked as a researcher on this programme, making databases of figures for housing availability and planning permission requests in different areas. Some of this information was scraped from online reports using R and some gathered from FOI requests.


  • The Syllabus. This is a cool project that aggregates interesting articles, papers and lecture videos from across the internet. I did some work in the early stages of this, writing scripts to pull data from YouTube videos and similar.






Mark