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18:00 - 21:00 21 May 2014

The Irish Constitutional Convention, 2012-14


Council room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

David Farrell, Professor of Politics, University College Dublin, was the research director of the ICC. After two decades working at the University of Manchester, he returned to his native Dublin in 2009 to take up the position as Chair of Politics at University College Dublin. A specialist in party politics and electoral systems, Professor Farrell’s most recent book was the award-winning Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (co-authored with Russell Dalton and Ian McAllister and published by Oxford University Press in 2011). His current research focuses on deliberative approaches to political reform.

Professor David Farrell will be discussing The Irish Constitutional Convention (ICC) which was established by the Irish government in 2012 in order to consider a number of potential constitutional reforms. One third of its membership consisted of members of the Irish parliament, and two thirds ordinary citizens selected at random from the Irish population. This was one of the first conventions of its type, with citizens at its heart, working in tandem with senior politicians and following deliberative principles of respectful dialogue and a willingness to consider other views.


Ben Webb
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