Gary Murphy


Gary Murphy is Professor of Politics in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. Educated at University College, Cork he has published extensively on the politics of modern Ireland. His latest book Electoral Competition in Ireland since 1987: The Politics of Triumph and Despair is a major political reinterpretation of modern Ireland and was published by Manchester University Press in March 2016. It has been widely praised and was positively reviewed in both the Irish Times and the Sunday Times

Professor Murphy is a former editor of Irish Political Studies, the leading journal of political science in Ireland and was President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland from 2009 to 2012. In 2011-12 he was visiting Fulbright Professor of Politics in the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His work has received considerable external recognition and his research has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the Irish Department of the Environment, and the Fulbright Commission. He has appeared before a number of Irish Parliamentary Committees to speak on lobbying regulation, electoral reform, and parliamentary inquiries.

Professor Murphy is also a renowned authority on the regulation of lobbying and his work has been presented to the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission in Strasbourg, the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee of the House of Commons in the UK, and both the Czech and Scottish parliaments. He acted as an adviser to the Government Reform Unit of the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the introduction of the government’s Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

Professor Murphy appears regularly in the Irish print and broadcast media and is currently engaged in a long term biographical study of the former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Charles J. Haughey. In Fall 2016 Professor Murphy is teaching an undergraduate class “The Politics of Constitutional Change in Ireland, 1922-2016” and will deliver a lecture titled “An Unkindness of Biographers: Charles J. Haughey and Modern Ireland” on Friday, October 28, 4:00 p.m., 424 Flanner Hall, as part of the Institute’s Speakers and Public Talks series