The seminar will feature contributions from Denis MacShane, who served as Minister for Europe in the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2005 and Tony Connelly who has served as RTE’s Europe Correspondent and Europe Editor since 2001. It will focus on how the negotiations between Britain and the EU have unfolded from both British and Irish perspectives, and how these negotiations are likely to conclude. Macshane and Connolly have both published well received recent books on Brexit which deal with what is at stake for Britain and Ireland in these vital negotiations.

Dr. Denis MacShane is a former journalist (BBC, 1969-1977) and was MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2013. He holds a PhD in international political economy from Birbeck University and has been a regular contributor to the debate on Brexit, notably for The Independent newspaper since the 23 June 2016 referendum. He has published a number of books on Brexit including Brexit, No Exit: Why in the end, Britain won’t leave Europe (IB Tauris, 2017); Let’s Stay Together: Why Yes to Europe (IB Tauris, 2016). Other publications include: Why Kosovo Still Matters (Haus Publishing, 2012); Globalising Hatred: the new anti-Semitism (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009); and Heath (Haus Publishing, 2006).


Tony Connelly is RTE Europe Editor and based in Brussels. He has reported for the Evening Herald, Irish Independent, Time magazine and United Press International and reported on conflicts in Rwanda, Angola, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Georgia and Gaza. In 2001 he was appointed Europe Correspondent for RTE News and in 2011 became Europe editor. He is the author of Don’t Mention the Wars: A Journey Through European Stereotypes (New Island Books, 2009) and the recently published Brexit and Ireland: the dangers, the opportunities and the inside story of the Irish Response (Penguin, 2017) which has been widely praised as astute, timely and essential to understanding the challenges Ireland faces because of Brexit.


Where: Iontas Seminar Room, First Floor, Iontas Building, Maynooth University


When: 4-5,30pm, Wednesday, 8 November 2017.