Dr Maurice Manning, D.Litt, MRIA Chancellor, National University of Ireland


Paper Title - Political Futures and New Paradigms

Maurice Manning has been Chancellor of the National University of Ireland since 2009. He was a member of Dáil and Seanad Éireann from 1981 to 2002 during which time he was Leader of Seanad Éireann and Leader of the Opposition in that House. He was a member of the New Ireland Forum in 1984 and of the British-Irish Parliamentary Body. He was President of the Irish Human Rights Commission from 2002-2012 and Chair of the European Group of National Human Rights Commissions from 2005 -2010. He is currently Chair of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and of the Working Group on Seanad Reform.

He began his academic career at the Department of Politics in UCD and served on the Governing Body of UCD and as a member of the Senate of the NUI. He has published widely on Irish history and politics and has had one novel published.

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Is é Maurice Manning Seansailéir Ollscoil na hÉireann ó bhí 2009 ann. Ba chomhalta den Dáil agus de Sheanad Éireann é ó 1981 go 2002 agus le linn na tréimhse sin ba Cheannaire Sheanad Éireann é chomh maith le Ceannaire an Fhreasúra sa Teach sin. Bhí sé ina bhall d’Fhóram Nua-Éireann i 1984 agus de Chomhlacht Idirpharlaiminteach na Breataine-na hÉireann. Bhí sé ina Uachtarán ar an gCoimisiún um Chearta an Duine in Éirinn ó 2002 - 2012 agus ina Chathaoirleach ar an nGrúpa Eorpach d'Fhorais Náisiúnta um Chearta an Duine ó 2005 - 2010. Is é an cathaoirleach reatha é ar Sainghrúpa Comhairleach an Rialtais ar Chuimhneacháin agus ar an nGrúpa Oibre um Athchóiriú an tSeanaid.

Chuir sé tús lena ghairm acadúil i Scoil na Polaitíochta sa Choláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath agus d’fhóin sé ar Bhord Rialúcháin an Choláiste sin agus mar chomhalta de Sheanad Ollscoil na hÉireann. Tá cuid mhór foilsithe aige faoi stair agus polaitíocht na hÉireann agus tá úrscéal amháin foilsithe aige freisin.

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