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Book Launch: Independents in Irish party democracy

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Manchester University Press are pleased to invite you to the paperback launch of Independents in Irish party democracy by Dr Liam Weeks of the Department of Government, University College Cork.

Guest speaker at the event will be Independent TD and Minister of Transport, Trade and Tourism Shane Ross.

This is the first ever study of the almost unique phenomenon of the Independent politician in Ireland. From Alfie Byrne to Tony Gregory to Jackie Healy-Rae to Shane Ross, Independents have been significant players in the Irish political system. They are the ultimate party crashers, who have been able to make and break governments.

This book examines and explains why Independents have persisted in Ireland. Written with both the general and specialist reader in mind, it will enlighten those with an interest in Irish politics, as well as those studying political parties and elections at any level.

The culmination of fifteen years of research by the author, and based on extensive historical material, interviews and survey data, the book also includes unique individual contributions by independent TDs, Senators and MEPs, both past and present, including Finian McGrath, Maureen O'Sullivan, John A. Murphy, Kathy Sinnott, and Sean D. Barrett.

'With this book, Liam Weeks has rectified a long-standing neglect and he has done it painstakingly, busying himself over the past 15 years to establish why Ireland has a political culture so "permissive of independents". The result is an impressively thorough overview of the many facets associated with the existence of Independents in Irish politics.'
Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, The Irish Times

The book will be available to purchase at the event.

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

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