Ireland and the EU in a Changing World: Brexit, Crisis & Populism

Manchester, United Kingdom

12 April 2019

Over the past ten years, the Irish-EU relationship has undergone significant challenges. The economic crisis saw the EU take direct control of the Republic's economy. Subsequently, the Brexit decision in the UK has thrown the complex balance of European, British and Irish relationships up in the air. And of course, there have been other significant threats and challenges, such as the so-called migration crisis and the increasingly uncertain foreign policy environment.


This workshop, culminating in a book with Manchester University Press, is a survey and analysis of how the Irish-EU relationship has evolved over the past 10-12 years, and particularly on the impact of the economic crisis and the Brexit crisis. 


The event is free to attend and open to all however registration is essential.

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Workshop Programme


08.45-09.00: Welcome 


09.00 - 11.00: Session 1

  • The Changing Interfaces between Ireland and the EU - Dr Sean O'Riain (NUI Maynooth)
  • Perceptions from below: Seeing European Integration through the lens of Irish Public Protestors - Dr Silke Trommer (University of Manchester) & Ms Madelaine Moore (University of Kassel)
  • Tax Policy - Prof. Shelia Killan (University of Limerick)
  • Ireland's Migration & Asylum Policies in an EU Context: from opt-outs to solidarity - Ms Aideen Elliott (NUI Maynooth)


11.00 - 11.15: Coffee Break 


11.15 - 13.15: Session 2

  • Making it up as we go along: The Brexit Backstop, Constitutional Contingency & Performing Politics in Britain and Ireland - Dr Jonathan Evershead (UCC)
  • Taking Back Control, without going back to conflict: weighing up the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland's Peace Process -Mr Jamie Pow (Queen's University Belfast)
  • National Sovereignty, Borders & the EU: the case of the island of Ireland - Dr Giada Lagana (NUI Galway) 
  • Foreign & Defense Policy - Prof. Ben Tonra (UCD)


13.15 - 13.45: Lunch 


13.45 - 15.15: Session 3

  • The Limits of Opposition: Political Parties and Integration from Crisis to Brexit - Dr Michael Holmes (Liverpool Hope University) 
  • Northern Ireland and Brexit: a unique challenge in unique circumstances - Prof. David Phinnemore (Queen's University Belfast) & Ms Lisa Whitten (Queen's University Belfast)
  • British-Irish Relations: How Brexit unsettles what was normalized - Prof. Brigid Laffan (European University Institute) & Dr Jane O'Mahony (University of Kent)
  • How the Economic Crisis & Brexit shape Irish attitudes towards the EU - Dr Kathryn Simpson (Manchester Metropolitan University) 


15.15 - 15.30: Concluding Remarks 


15.30: Close


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