Irish Futures - Future Referendums on Irish Unification - Brendan O'Leary
Brendan O’Leary explains the basics of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, and why it is likely that there will be referendums in both parts of Ireland sometime after 2031.
Looking at the demographic and electoral drivers of change in the North he addresses what challenges need to be overcome to make a success of potential Irish reunification.
Brendan O’Leary is Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Honorary Professor of Political Science at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is both a Southerner (born in Cork) and a Northerner (schooled in counties Antrim and Down). He is a graduate of Oxford University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Professor O’Leary has been deeply engaged in conflict resolution in Ireland for nearly four decades, including over a decade advising the British Labour Party in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement; advising an influential group of Irish-Americans led by Congressman Bruce Morrison through the 1990s; and writing advisory memoranda for the Irish government. He has advised on national and ethnic conflicts in a number of African and Asian countries and has worked for the UK’s International Department of Development and for the European Union. He was the second Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing in the Mediation Unit of the United Nations.
Making Sense of a United Ireland is Professor O’Leary’s thirtieth book.