The People’s Constitution: A Reflection on the Referendum Process
Thursday September 27, 6.30 pm, Boole 1 Lecture Theatre
Constitution Project @ UCC is a new interdisciplinary research group comprised of academic staff and graduate students from the Faculty of Law, the Department of Government, the School of History and Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge (Department of Modern Irish) at University College Cork. It aims to promote collaborative scholarship and contribute to public discourse on constitutional matters. This event will formally launch the project by discussing contemporary challenges associated with the referendum process in Ireland. A wine reception will follow.
This event is free of charge and open to the public.
6.30: Welcome (Dr Conor O’Mahony, Faculty of Law)
6.35: Introduction by Chair (Professor David Gwynn Morgan, Faculty of Law)
6.40: The Hon Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, author of The Origins of the Irish Constitution: “The Design of the Constitutional Amendment Mechanism”
7.00: The Hon Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, Former Chair of the Referendum Commission: “The Role of the Referendum Commission: An Inside View”
7.20: Dr Theresa Reidy (Department of Government, UCC), Dr Jane Suiter and Prof Michael Marsh: “Voter Behaviour in the Oireachtas Inquiries Referendum”
7.40: Dr Maria Cahill, Faculty of Law: “25 Years after Crotty v An Taoiseach: Are Referendums Really Necessary for EU Treaties?”
8.00: Questions and Discussion
8.30: Wine Reception – Staff Restaurant