Gary Murphy is Professor of Politics in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He has published extensively on the politics of modern Ireland and is widely recognized as one of Ireland’s leading political scientists. In 2016 his book Electoral Competition in Ireland since 1987: the politics of triumph and despair was published by Manchester University Press. It was widely and positively reviewed as a major reinterpretation of modern Ireland over the last three decades.
Professor Murphy is also a renowned authority on the regulation of lobbying and is co-author of the book Regulating Lobbying: a global comparison (Manchester University Pres, 1st edition, 2010, 2nd edition, 2019). 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
He is a former editor of Irish Political Studies, the leading journal of political science in Ireland. He 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.
He appears regularly in the Irish print and broadcast media. He was an analyst for Ireland’s main broadcaster RTE on the 2007, 2011 and 2016 Irish General Elections, the 2011 and 2018 Irish presidential elections, the 2009, 2014 and 2019 Irish local and European elections, the 2010, 2015 and 2017 British general elections and the 2008, 2012 and 2016 US presidential elections.
Professor Murphy was previously a Naughton Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Notre Dame in the Keough Naughton Institute in 2016. He is currently engaged in a long term biographical study of the former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Charles J. Haughey which is expected to be published in 2020. On 22 November he will deliver as a public lecture entitled ‘ "I have lived amongst them as a boy” Charles J Haughey's Northern Ireland policies’ based on his forthcoming biography.