Irish Research Council - Gendering Political Recruitment

 Gendering Political Recruitment


Women, Candidate Selection and Affirmative Action in an European Context

Lessons for Ireland


A one-day seminar


Brookfield Health Sciences G06

University College Cork


Saturday 4th October, 2014


Event supported by funding from the Irish Research Council’s ‘New Foundations’ Scheme


Background information:

In July 2012 the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012 was passed by the Irish Parliament to provide for a candidate selection gender quota at future general elections in Ireland. This Act provides for a 30% gender quota at the next general election, rising to 40% seven years thereafter.  This academic seminar examines the European experience of gender quota implementation and the impact of affirmative measures on political party gender recruitment processes and candidate selection procedures.


Attendance is free of charge but pre-registration is essential. 

To register please email on or before Wednesday, 1st October 2014.

 Provisional Schedule – Times subject to change


9.30 – 10.00: Registration


10.00: Welcome: Dr Andrew Cottey, Head of Department of Government, University College Cork


10.05: Introduction: Fiona Buckley, Department of Government, University College Cork


Panel 1

10.15 - 10.40: Women and Candidate Selection – Dr Meryl Kenny, University of Leicester

10.40 – 11.05: Affirmative Action Measures in Politics – Dr Lenita Freidenvall, Stockholm University

11.05 – 11.30: Women and Candidate Selection in Ireland– Prof Yvonne Galligan, Queen’s University Belfast

11.30 – 11.45: Questions and Answers (Q+A)


11.45 – 12.00: Break


Panel 2

12.00 – 12.20: The Belgian Experience – Prof Petra Meier, University of Antwerp

12.20 – 12.40: The French Experience –Dr Rainbow Murray, Queen Mary University of London

12.40 – 12.55: Q+A


13.00 – 14.00 Break


Panel 3

14.00 – 14.25: The Spanish & Portuguese Experience – Dr Tania Verge, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

14.25 – 14.45: The British Experience – Prof Sarah Childs, University of Bristol

14.45 – 15.00: Q+A


15.00 – 15.15: Break


Panel 4

15.15 – 16.00: Open Floor Discussion and Q+A


This event has been organised by the Department of Government, University College Cork in conjunction with the Gender Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)




UCC Welcomes the 44th UACES Annual Conference

The Department of Government, UCC, is delighted to welcome the 44th UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies) Annual Conference to Cork. The conference will be one of the largest gathering of European Studies specialists in the world this year. The event takes place over three days from 1-3 September 2014. 470 delegates from 39 countries are registered to attend. They will deliver and disseminate over 400 research papers addressing a broad range of issues related to the EU and European integration.

The conference takes place at a time when the EU faces an unprecedented mix of economic, political, and foreign policy challenges. Leading academics from the worlds of politics, political science and law will address recent European and global events and assess their implications for the EU and the European integration project. The outcome and impact of the May 2014 EP elections and the appointment of key European Commission and European Council officials will be considered by elections specialist Professor Michael Marsh (TCD); author of Why Europe Matters, Professor John McCormick (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis); and former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox.

In addition, current events in the UK, including the Scottish independence referendum and the possibility of a UK-EU in-out referendum will be addressed by speakers. The wider implications for the EU of national referendums and constitutional change generally, particularly in the UK but also in Spain and other member states will be considered by Professor Brigid Laffan (EUI), Professor Imelda Maher (UCD), Professor Charlie Jeffery (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez (University of Deusto).

Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy, will address delegates on Tuesday 2 September. The minister will also be present when renowned Irish academic, Professor Brigid Laffan, is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the UACES Association in recognition of her outstanding record of academic achievement, professional service and public engagement. 

UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy: ‘The UACES Annual Conference is an important and prestigious event which UCC is proud and privileged to host. It demonstrates the esteem in which the university is held by international colleagues and is testament to the dynamism of the UCC academic community in attracting an event of this significance and magnitude’.

Cork city will also benefit from the three day conference. It is estimated that the influx of international visitors will bring approximately €700,000 in additional revenue to the city. 

Full details about the conference (including the programme) can be accessed here:

For further information, contact Dr Mary C. Murphy, Department of Government, UCC. Email: or tel 021 4902981

 Note to editors:

Conference speakers are available for press/media interviews. Please contact Dr Mary C. Murphy.

UACES is the academic association for Contemporary European Studies. It is a membership organisation for academics, students and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of Europe and the European Union. The object of the Association is to advance education for the public benefit through the promotion of teaching and research in contemporary European Studies. The Association’s headquarters are located in London.

The 2013 UACES annual conference took place in Leeds, England and the 2015 event will take place in Bilbao, Spain.

Reflections on Forty Years of Irish Membership of EU

The Department of Government, UCC, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe, NUI Maynooth, is delighted to announce a major multi-disciplinary conference examining forty years of Irish membership of the EU. The conference will take place in UCC, 28-29 November 2013. It will bring together leading figures from the worlds of academia, politics, civil society, business and the media and the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Desmond Dinan, George Mason University, Washington.

The event will also mark the re-launch of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES). IACES aims to bring together European Studies scholars and practitioners from across the island of Ireland to foster collaboration, source funding, and disseminate scholarly research on European Integration and membership of the EU. The association will also seek to contribute to future public and political discussion on the question of Ireland’s EU membership.

The conference programme is available to download here: Conference Programme 27 Nov 2013

The conference is free to attend but early registration is required. Further details:

Funding for the conference is provided by the Communicating Europe fund of the Department of the Taoiseach and by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Programme.

Department of Government and Politics

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