• Ireland and the Marshall Plan: Reflections 70 years On

    Ireland and the Marshall Plan: Reflections 70 years On

    By Professor Bernadette Whelan, Associate Professor Emeritae, University of Limerick History, both domestic and international, is littered with a plethora of plans and programmes. Many have become footnotes in scholarly works and are often only recalled by researchers. It is notable that the Marshall Plan (the European Recovery Programme) is still recalled seventy years on […]
  • What ASEAN can learn from the Brexit vote

    What ASEAN can learn from the Brexit vote

    By Professor Philomena Murray, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and Dr Laura Allison-Reumann, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore As member states seek to protect their national interests, the benefits of ASEAN membership must be made clearer. The result of the 2016 UK referendum in favour of leaving the European Union stunned Europe […]
  • Brexit may take centre-stage as the starting gun is fired in the UK general election

    Brexit may take centre-stage as the starting gun is fired in the UK general election

    By John O’Brennan, Maynooth University  The decision by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the House of Commons to vote on whether to hold a General Election on 8 June did not come out of the blue. Although May and her key aides repeatedly denied that they would move an election, the message they […]
  • Irish Concerns Acknowledged in European Parliament Resolution on Brexit

    Irish Concerns Acknowledged in European Parliament Resolution on Brexit

    By Francis Jacobs, European Parliament (retired) and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, UCD The European Parliament has now adopted its initial position on Brexit. The debate took up most of the morning of 5 April 2017 with 73 MEPs taking part as well as European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier, and […]
  • How MEPs Can Influence the Brexit Process

    How MEPs Can Influence the Brexit Process

    By Francis Jacobs, European Parliament (retired) and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, UCD The European Parliament has seldom been given much attention in the United Kingdom. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher even preferred to call it an Assembly, as, in her view, it was not a proper Parliament. Over the years, British MEPs have often […]
  • France and Europe: A Frexit in the making?

    France and Europe: A Frexit in the making?

    By Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan, University College Cork Discussion of the the European Union (EU) typically features very little in French presidential campaigns. However, with the rise of Euroscepticism and the looming Brexit, Europe has now weaved its way into French political debate. The manifestos of the 2017 French presidential candidates cover a range of issues including […]
  • Fine Gael and Brexit: Putting the national interest first?

    Fine Gael and Brexit: Putting the national interest first?

    By Anthony Costello and Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork As Brexit looms ever closer, it brings with it the most profound political and economic challenges to ever face the Irish state. There is no precedent, no template, no formula for a member state to leave the EU. The broad shape and manner of the […]
  • Taoiseach addresses the Brexit challenge

    Taoiseach addresses the Brexit challenge

    By John O’Brennan, Maynooth University   A week of domestic political turbulence in Ireland was punctured by the Taoiseach’s address to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) on 15 February. The speech was a substantial and detailed response to the evolving Brexit situation. The Taoiseach covered many issues, and argued strongly that Brexit […]
  • Phil Hogan and the Brexit debate

    Phil Hogan and the Brexit debate

    By John O’Brennan, Maynooth University The EU commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan (in interviews with Irish Independent and The Irish Times, 9 January, 2017) has entered the debate about Ireland’s future in the European Union and explicitly states that “we now need to take a very strategic and far-sighted review of our relationships with both […]
  • EU deal with Turkey compromises integrity of the Enlargement process and represents triumph for ‘Realpolitik’

    EU deal with Turkey compromises integrity of the Enlargement process and represents triumph for ‘Realpolitik’

    The EU-Turkey summit meeting held in Brussels yesterday failed to produce the expected agreement. Nevertheless the contours of a possible deal between Brussels and Ankara are now in place. This would see the EU sending back refugees from Syria to Turkey on the basis of ‘one in, one out’. In other words new refugees from […]