News Archive 2020

21st Annual Philip Monahan Lecture will be delivered by Fr. Peter McVerry on Wednesday the 29th of January 2020

18 Oct 2019
Fr Peter McVerry

We are delighted that the 21st Annual Philip Monahan Lecture will be delivered by Fr. Peter McVerry on Wednesday 29 January (Boole 4, 6:30pm). He will discuss housing policy in Ireland and the ongoing homeless crisis, big issues for General Election 2020.

On the night, the annual Department of Government and Politics student awards will also be presented.



Each year the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork hosts a prestigious public lecture to celebrate 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, as can be seen from the list below, has attracted some very distinguished speakers.


  1. Professor Tom Garvin, Department of Politics, University College Dublin
  2. Dr John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  3. Francesco Rutelli, Mayor of Rome
  4. John Dennehy, Secretary General, Department of Education and Science
  5. Professor Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
  6. Dr Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
  7. David Begg, General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  8. David Norris, member of Seanad Éireann
  9. Robert Faucher, Deputy US Ambassador to Ireland
  10. Dermot McCarthy, Secretary General to the Irish Government
  11. Ivana Bacik, member of Seanad Éireann
  12. Charlie Bird, RTÉ broadcaster
  13. Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner
  14. John Bercow MP, Speaker of House of Commons
  15. Enda Kenny, TD, Taoiseach
  16. Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of Robert Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence
  17. Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International Ireland
  18. Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of Irish Defence Forces
  19. Carol Monaghan, House of Commons, Scottish Nationalist Party
  20. Professor Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh

Department of Government & Politics

Roinn Léann an Rialtais agus na Polaitíochta

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