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First Citizen was launched in Cork City Hall on Tuesday 14 November 2023 by Lord Mayor, Councillor Kieran McCarthy. The book, co-written by Aodh Quinlivan and John Ger O’Riordan, tells the story of Seán French, Cork’s longest-serving, twelve-term Lord Mayor.
The eighth annual public lecture series of the Centre for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) takes places in UCC on the night of Thursday 9 November, under the theme of ‘In Defence of Councillors’. Opening remarks will be made by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Kieran McCarthy and the evening will be chaired by the Head of the Department of Government and Politics, Dr. Mary C. Murphy. The three keynote lectures will be delivered by Dr. Bríd Quinn (formerly of the University of Limerick), Councillor Emma Blain (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council) and Professor Colin Copus (Ghent University).
The Jane Dowdall and Philip Monahan Awards will also be presented on the night.
*CLRG23 starts at 6.30pm sharp in Kane G_18 on the 9 November. ALL WELCOME.
UCC was delighted to welcome a delegation from the American-Irish Legislators’ Society of New York to its campus on Monday afternoon. Founded in 1973, this bipartisan organisation of members of the New York State Legislature are committed to promoting awareness of Irish culture, ties between Ireland and New York.
Huge congratulations to Rachel on this achievement. It is a great moment for any discipline/department when a PhD student completes their PhD journey – the Department of Government and Politics is very proud to add Rachel’s name to our list of accomplished and successful PhD graduates.Read more
Matt's book, Love and Revolution: A Politics for the Deep Commons, based on his award-winning doctoral dissertation, was published by Manchester University Press earlier this year. Link: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526164339/love-and-revolution/. Recently he has received the good news that a Turkish translation is forthcoming by the Livera Publishing House. The book is due to publish in the next 18 months and will be included as part of Livera's forthcoming Anarchy series.
Congratulations to Rojin Mukriyan on receiving the CACSSS PhD Excellence Scholarship.
Rojin Mukriyan (Fatemeh Mostafavi) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government and Politics. She has obtained a BA and MSc from UCC after fleeing from Iran in 2014. For her BA, she double majored in Philosophy and Politics. She then obtained an MSc in Government and Politics from UCC with a thesis on the application of classical republican conceptions of domination and political liberty to the Kurds of Rojava (West Kurdistan). Presently, She is doing a PhD research project that is focused on a detailed analysis of jailed Kurdish political theorist, Abdullah Öcalan, and his conceptions of democratic confederalism and democratic civilization.
Her main research areas are in political theory and Middle Eastern politics, especially Kurdish politics. So far, She has published articles in the Journal of International Political Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Theoria. Her publications have focused on the areas of Kurdish liberty, Kurdish statehood, and Kurdish political friendship. She has also published many think tank commentaries and reports on recent political developments in eastern Kurdistan (Rojhelat), or north-western Iran, at The Kurdish Peace Institute, The Kurdish Centre for Studies and the Mesopotamian Observatory of Justice.
Congratulations to Danny Sheehy, seen here receiving his ‘Distinguished Intern Award’ from Assembly member Chris Burdick of the New York State Assembly. Danny is one of the 5 BSc Government and Political Science students who travelled to the US this Spring to complete a prestigious 5-month internship in the New York Assebly, working in the office of Assemblymember Burdick. The Department of Government and Politics has a long standing relationship with the New York State Assembly and to date over one hundred students from our undergraduate programme have successfully completed internships there, developing both their political and professional acumen in an international setting.Read more
Monday, 22 May 2023 at 9.15am at UCC’s Centre for Executive Education, No 1 Lapp’s Quay.Read more
The Annual Philip Monahan Lecture to focus on states, corporations and artificial intelligence
The Department of Government and Politics is delighted to announce that this year’s Annual Philip Monahan Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Runciman (Cambridge University) on Thursday, 9th February, 6.30-8pm, in the Aula Maxima, University College Cork.
Professor Runciman’s lecture is entitled The “Leviacene": Living in the Age of States, Corporations and AI and will provide a fascinating overview of the implications of technological developments in AI for contemporary politics, business and society.
Professor Runciman is based at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cambridge University where he founded the Centre for the Future of Democracy as part of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. He was also the host of the hugely popular politics podcast "Talking Politics". His latest book is Confronting Leviathan: A History of Ideas (Profile Books 2021) and he is also the author of How democracy ends (Profile Books 2018).
The lecture is open to the public and all are welcome. Please register here.Read more
The Department of Government and Politics warmly congratulates Dr Matt York on winning the Basil Chubb Prize for the Best PhD in Political Science. Matt completed his PhD in the department in 2021. The title of his thesis was ‘Imagining New Worlds: (R)evolutionary Love and Radical Social Transformation in the 21st Century: A Collective Visioning Project’. The central focus of the thesis was ‘understanding of love as a transformative political force in revolutionary, particularly anarchist, discourse from the late nineteenth century to the present day.’ The research used a process of collective visioning with social activists in an innovative and iterative design. The research will also be published as a book in 2023.
Dr York is photographed with Dr Peter Stone of TCD, who is the President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.Read more
Cultivating Ecologies of Solidarity and Care beyond Capitalism, Patriarchy, Racism and the State
October 27 – 29
Hosted by the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork, Ireland, in association with La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology, Mississippi, USA
Building on the growing body of work that repositions love, care and solidarity relations as central to social reproduction and fundamentally constitutive of society, this conference will explore the interdependent and entangled nature of contemporary political struggles, linking ecological, anti-capitalist, feminist and indigenous politics intersectionally, and extending our understanding of what constitutes revolutionary transformation towards a far more comprehensive redefinition of our social ecologies across all spheres of life.
With over 120 speakers and a diverse range of panel presentations, workshops, discussion, and an online exhibition - there is something for everyone. The event will bring together activists and scholars from across the world to focus on one key question: How do we do it? How do we cultivate ecologies of solidarity and care beyond capitalism, patriarchy, racism and the state?
For the full programme and free registration please visit: www.deepcommons.net/conference-2022
Department of Government and Politics
UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series
IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAMING
Brexit on the Peace Line:
A Community Activist’s Perspective
Shankill Women’s Centre
3-4pm Thursday 7 April 2022
CACSSS Seminar Room
(Room G27, O’Rahilly Building)
This years’ BSc Government and Political Science New York State Assembly 2022 Interns walking in the recent New York City parade with members of the American Irish Legislators Society of New York State. Each year our students work and study as part of the New York State Assembly Internship programme for their 3rd year Spring Semester. Great to see our students representing their degree, department and UCC this year!
‘The case for starvation as a security issue’, Dr Caitriona Dowd, UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series – on-line lecture, Thursday 31st March 2022, 6.30-8.00pm.
Dr Caitriona Dowd, Dublin City University, will deliver the next UCC-Defence Forces Lecture on ‘The case for starvation as a security issue’, Thurs 31st March, 6.30-8.00pm. The lecture will be on-line at: https://bit.ly/ucc-lecture-march (- no registration is necessary).
Department of Government and Politics
UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series
IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAMING
Brexit, the Protocol, the Belfast Agreement: The winners, the losers and the casualties
Doug Beattie MLA
Leader, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
3-4pm Wednesday 23 March 2022
CACSSS Seminar Room
(Room G27, O’Rahilly Building)
Department of Government and Politics
UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series
IN-PERSON and LIVESTREAMING
The Dangers of Complacency in an Unstable European (and Global) Order: Lessons from Europe’s Periphery
3-4pm Tuesday 15 March 2022
North Wing Council Room
Main Quad, University College Cork
With the war in Ukraine, defence is very much in the news. The Department of Government and Politics is very proud that students and staff from the Department have had the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Commission on the Defence Forces. The Commission was established by the government in late 2020 to examine the future of the Defence Forces and published its report in February. The report calls for big changes in Irish defence policy and the organisation, funding and equipment of the Defence Forces.
Two of the Department’s students David Cullinane and Clodagh Callanan – recently undertook work placements with the Commission on the Defence Forces, providing background research and organisational support for the work of the Commission. Work placements are an important part of the Department’s undergraduate BSc Government and Political Science and our taught masters programmes MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy and MSc Government and Politics. The work placements provide an opportunity for students to work in a real world environment with politicians, policy-makers, government departments, state agencies and related bodies. The Department has been a leader in integrating work placements into political science programmes. Dr. Theresa Reidy, Head of the Department of Government and Politics, says ‘the work placements provide a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain work experience, develop practical skills and apply the things they learn in their academic studies. We are very proud of our work placement programme.’ Particular thanks are due to the Department’s work placement officer, Dearbhail O’Callaghan, who helped David and Clodagh obtain the placements with the Commission on the Defence Forces and plays a central role securing work placements and supporting students while they are on placement.
Prof. Andrew Cottey also contributed to the work of the Commission. Prof. Cottey is currently Chair of the Royal Irish Academy’s International Affairs Committee and in this context helped to organise two webinars with the Commission and the Institute for International and European Affairs which brought together academics and policy-makers to discuss the challenges facing the Irish Defence Forces. The report from the first of these seminars is available here: https://www.ria.ie/sites/default/files/debating_the_future_of_the_defence_forces.pdf. Prof. Cottey also made an expert submission to the Commission. One of the key recommendations of the Commission is to significantly increase Irish defence spending. In addressing defence spending, the Commission’s report draws on data provided in Prof. Cottey’s submission. Prof. Cottey says ‘the Commission’s report is an important landmark in thinking on Irish defence policy, but it is only the beginning of a national debate on what the Defence Forces should be for and how they should be organised and funded. That debate continues to unfold in the new context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.’
The report of the Commission on Defence Forces can be found at: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/1e515-commission-on-the-defence-forces/#
For the first time since 2002, Robert Elgie will not be with us to deliver his insightful analysis of the campaign. To mark his association to this seminar, VP for Research John Cryan will rename the seminar in his name. For the occasion, Etain Tannam and Gary Murphy will come down to share this special moment and remember Robert.
The Department of Government and Politics was delighted to host the Belgian Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Karen Van Vlierberge, as part of her visit to the UCC campus. Ambassador Van Vlierberge gave an insightful talk on a career in the diplomatic service to our MSc Government and Politics, BSc Government and Political Science and MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy students. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear first-hand about the life of a diplomat, the opportunities and challenges of working in international diplomacy, as well as the learning about strong links between Ireland and Belgium.
The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series ‘The link between Defence and Foreign Policy - Ireland’s role on the Security Council’ by Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence.
The lecture will take place on-line on Tuesday the 8th of February 2022 at 6.00-7.30pm (Irish/UK time) via this link (- no registration or log-in is required, but we kindly request that you go to the link shortly before the start time of 6pm). The lecture will also be recorded so that people may view it later if they wish.
You are cordially invited to the Department of Government and Politics research seminar of Tuesday December 14th.
We're pleased to announce that Dr Matt Ryan (BSc Government 2008) University of Southampton will join us on the day to present research from his latest monograph.
Title: Why Citizen Participation Succeeds or Fails: Participatory Budgeting and the Future of Democratic Innovation
Date: Tuesday December 14th
Time: 3-4pmRead more
Dr Matt York (past PhD student of the Department of Government and Politics) was awarded the Stephen E. Bronner Dissertation Award by the American Political Studies Association Caucus for a New Political Science for 'an outstanding Political Science dissertation finished within the previous year of the APSA Meeting which exemplifies the commitment to use scholarship in the struggle for a better world'.
The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series 'Cyber Security in Ireland - Present Reality and Future Potential' by Pat Larkin, CEO Ward Solutions and Commandant and Ken Sheehan, Senior Communications and Information Services Officer, Officer Commanding of 1 Brigade CIS Company.
The lecture will take place on-line on Thursday 24th June 2021 at 6.30-8.00pm (Irish/UK time) via this link (- no registration or log-in is required, but we kindly request that you go to the link shortly before the start time of 6.30pm). The lecture will also be recorded so that people may view it later if they wish.
Analysis of neo-Nazi network and a study of vegan philosophy among UCC’s 2021 Politics Prize-winners
An analysis of a neo-Nazi terrorist network and an examination of how political beliefs are shaped by an ethical vegan philosophy are among this year’s University College Cork (UCC) Politics Dissertation Prize-winners
The UCC 2021 Politics Prizes are awarded annually to students who have excelled in their studies during the previous academic year.
Welcoming the announcement of this year’s prize-winners, UCC Interim President, Professor John O’Halloran said:
‘Warmest congratulations to this year’s UCC Politics prize-winners. The rigorous, engaging and high quality work and research produced by Politics prize-winners is not just academically impressive, but socially and politically important too. We look forward to our prize-winners putting their learning into action when they leave UCC. Their achievements are a testament to the top-class learning experience and environment provided by UCC’s undergraduate and postgraduate Politics programmes’.
The prize-winners are drawn from all three years of the BA Politics undergraduate programme and this year are awarded to:
Meadhb Brennan (first year winner)
Maeve McTaggart (second year winner)
Eimear Buckley (third year winner)
Since graduating last year, Eimear has been working on the frontline as a Medical Secretary in a GP practice.
Beth O’Reilly was awarded the Top Dissertation award for her final year BA Politics dissertation which examined how political beliefs are shaped by an ethical vegan philosophy. Beth is currently finishing up as UCC’s Student Union Commercial and Fundraising Officer before moving on to the role of Vice President for Campaigns in the Union of Students in Ireland.
The MSc Government and Politics Student of the Year was won by Natasha O’Toole. Natasha has been working as a Sales Development Representative since graduation and plans on doing some travel (when circumstances permit).
Postgraduate student Tessa Lyne wins the prize for her Masters dissertation which conducted an analysis of the neo-Nazi terrorist network, the Atomwaffen Division. Since finishing her studies, Tessa has been working as a trainee radio producer.
Congratulating all of the prize-winners, Director of the BA Politics programme, Dr Mary C. Murphy said:
‘We are very proud of our students achievements and delighted to see the breadth, diversity and quality of their academic work. We wish them well for the future and look forward to them making their (political) mark in the years ahead’.
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MRes Government and Public Policy student Maria Torres was selected to participate in the international Talloires Network Next Generation Leaders Program. Maria is an outstanding candidate who was selected via a highly competitive application process open to all students in the network - a global coalition of 402 community-engaged universities, across 78 countries, with a combined enrolment of over 6 million students; making it the largest international network focused on university civic engagement.
Maria is a Peruvian indigenous lawyer and a MRes student in our department, who serves as a parliamentary adviser at the Commission for Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples, Environment and Ecology at the Congress of the Republic of Peru. She is a political activist for indigenous peoples’ rights and has advocated for reclaiming indigenous identity in Peru. Last year, she ran for Congress in Peru, leading a campaign based on making people aware about the importance of reclaiming indigenous identity.
Congratulations to Maria and we are confident that she will make an outstanding contribution to this global leadership programme.
The sixth Annual Public Lecture Series of UCC’s Centre for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) took place on Thursday 15 April 2021 as a webinar on Zoom. The event was opened by the Head of the Department of Government and Politics Dr. Theresa Reidy. She introduced the Director of the CLRG, Dr. Aodh Quinlivan who gave an overview of the centre’s achievements in 2020, including the publication of Forgotten Lord Mayor and the successful ‘Lunch and Learn’ seminar series for staff of Cork City Council. UCC’s Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Professor John Cryan, then launched the centre’s virtual annual report for 2020 and he described the CLRG as a ‘role model’ within UCC.
The first lecture was delivered by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu. During a wide-ranging talk, she called for enhanced powers for local government and a broadening of the representational base. She noted that she was only the ninth woman to be elected Lord Mayor of Dublin and she queried why the gender quota legislation introduced in 2012 did not extend to local government. Next up was John Moran who spoke about his hopes for a directly elected mayor in Limerick. He argued that while a directly elected mayor provides for greater democratic accountability, the creation of the role must come with a transfer of powers and budget. Moran criticised Ireland’s centralised system of government and the tendency for the centre to micro-manage the local level. He conceded: ‘When I was Secretary General in the Department of Finance, I probably loved the idea of control but, seeing it from the other side, you realise how inappropriate it is’. The final lecture of the night came from the Chief Officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, Jackie Weaver. She stated that local government in the United Kingdom suffered under the weight of centralisation, just like in Ireland. Weaver then turned her attention to attracting more young people into local government. She noted: ‘We have struggled to get young people between the ages of 18-25 involved and interested in local government. We have established youth parliaments and youth councils, but are they actually representative of the youth in the community? With hand on heart, I think we would find it hard to say, “yes, they are”. We have a long way to go but in the last few months there has been an increased engagement with young people. Much of my time now is spent speaking in universities, colleges, and schools. Students are interested in local democracy and their local councils. That is the way forward’.
After a lively questions and answers session, closing remarks were delivered by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Joe Kavanagh. He complimented the speakers on their presentations and praised the contribution that the CLRG is making in raising awareness about sub-national government at home and abroad.
Link to CLRG2021: -
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Jackie Weaver to speak at UCC conference
Jackie Weaver is one of three guest speakers at an online local government conference at UCC next week. Weaver is the Chief Officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils and became an internet sensation last December due a boisterous meeting of Handforth Parish Council. Footage of the meeting went viral after Weaver removed some parish council members who had lost their cool off the Zoom call. Due to his behaviour at the meeting, the Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Barry Burkhill, was referred to the council’s Standards Committee.Read more
The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on 'Is there a future for UN peacekeeping?' by Dr. Renata Dwan, Deputy Director of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The lecture will take place on-line on Thursday the 29th of April 2021, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) and can be viewed via this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MWI1MjY1MjQtNmNiMy00YWQyLWI4NDAtMWZlMGZmNzVkNWUw%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2246fe5ca5-866f-4e42-92e9-ed8786245545%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22c4a52d97-5ca7-444a-998b-57d60695eff1%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a
(- no registration or log-in is required, but we kindly request that you go to the link shortly before the start time of 6.30pm).Read more
The Department of Government and Politics at UCC is hosting the 22nd Annual Philip Monahan Memorial Lecture on Tuesday the 23rd of March 2021 at 7.00pm.
This prestigious public lecture series celebrates the memory of Philip Monahan. Monahan was Ireland's first local authority manager and he served as City Commissioner and then City Manager in Cork from 1924-1959. Monahan set the highest standards of probity and integrity in public administration and he defined the role of City Manager and the practice of public management in Ireland. The lecture series was inaugurated in 1997 and has attracted some very distinguished speakers including John Hume, Mary McAleese, John Bercow, Robert Putnam, Emily O'Reilly and Enda Kenny.Read more
The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’ by Captain Brian Fitzgerald, Second in Command, Irish Naval Service. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 25th February, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) via this link.Read more
The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘Ireland’s UN Security Council term 2021-2022’ by Ambassador Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 4th February, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) via this link. (PLEASE NOTE: due to unavoidable circumstances, this is a change from the previously advertised date of 28th January).