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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Vacancy for the role of Northern Ireland Editor of Irish Political Studies

Irish Political Studies (IPS) is seeking expressions of interest in a co-editor position, tenable for three years from mid-2018. A specialist background in the politics of Northern Ireland is essential,  while editorial experience and a clear vision for the future of the journal are desirable. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates should send their expression of interest, a short CV and a statement on their editorial vision to John Garry at by Friday 23 February 2018.


The decision will be made by an appointment sub-committee, which includes members of the editorial board and the executive committee of the PSAI.


IPS, the journal of the PSAI, was established in 1986. It is the only refereed journal exclusively dedicated to the publication of high-quality academic articles on Irish politics. It covers politics in the Republic of Ireland, in Northern Ireland, the politics of their bilateral relationships and the politics of their relationship with the United Kingdom, the European Union and beyond.

Launch of new book on Independents by Liam Weeks

A new book by Liam Weeks (UCC) entitled Independents in Irish Party Democracy (Manchester University Press) was launched in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin, on 4th July.

The book was launched by the independent Minister for Tourism, Trade and Sport Shane Ross. Minister Ross said that Liam was responsible for the formation of the Independent Alliance and that he had believed in independents before they had themselves. He noted how distinctive is the presence of independents in Ireland and praised the meticulous scholarly nature of the work.

Liam noted the distinctive contribution independents have made to Irish politics. Dedicating the book to independents, he said that whatever you think of independents we’d have to agree they bring an element of colour, diversity and choice to the Irish political system.

The launch was supported by the PSAI.

Neil Collins, Kieran Coughlan, Muiris MacCarthaigh and Liam Weeks

Minister Shane Ross and Liam Weeks

Launch of new book by Aaron Edwards on the UVF

A new book by Aaron Edwards (Sandhurst), entitled UVF: Behind the Mask (Merrion Press), was launched in No Alibis bookstore in Belfast on Wednesday 28th June. The book covers the history of the Ulster Volunteer Force from the formation of its post-1965 incarnation up to the present day. Journalist and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty spoke at the launch, which was supported by the PSAI.

Aaron Edwards at the launch of his book ‘UVF: Behind the Mask’

Book award for Peter Stone (TCD)

A book edited by Tim Madigan (St. John Fisher College) and Peter Stone (Trinity College Dublin), entitled Bertrand Russell: Public Intellectual (Tiger Bark Press) has received the 2017 Bertrand Russell Society Book Award. More information about the book can be found here.

Tim Madigan and Peter Stone receive the Bertrand Russell Society Book Award

Inspiring, Inciting and Enlightening : Teaching Politics in our Universities

PSAI teaching and learning specialist group event.

September 18th 2015, NUI offices, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Keynote speaker : President Michael D. Higgins.

On September 18th 2015, the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group held a one-day conference on “Teaching politics in our universities: inspiring, inciting and enlightening” to discuss the significance of education in, for and about politics in our institutions of higher education.

This well attended conference brought together students, academics, the media, politicians, educationalists and managers.

Dr. Brid Quinn, Professor David Farrell,
Dr. Clodagh Harris, Dr. Theresa Reidy
and Dr. Chris McInerney

Dr. Brid Quinn, Professor John Craig,
Dr. Clodagh Harris and Dr. Attracta Halpin

Professor John Craig (Leeds Beckett University) delivered the keynote speech on “Linking academic study and practice”.

Professor Craig also presented the PSAI prize and special award 2014 to Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Dr. Chris McInerney (UL) respectively.

It also hosted a panel discussion on “Why teaching and learning politics is important for society” that included Senator Fiach MacConghail (Director Abbey Theatre), Lorraine McIlrath (Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG), Noel Whelan (Barrister and media commentator) and Michelle O’Donnell Keating (Women for election and DCU).

Dr. Theresa Reidy and Dr. Chris McInerney

At the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group’s conference on Friday September 18th, Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC) was awarded the PSAI prize for excellence in teaching and learning (2014) and Dr. Chris McInerney received the PSAI special award for leadership and scholarship of Problem Based Learning in Political Science (2014).

The papers and keynote presentation can be accessed here.