Speakers

Christopher Snowdon, Institute of Economic affairs, author, editor, (Plain Packs and Minimum Pricing: Do we need saving from ourselves? September 2017)

Christopher Snowdon is the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His research focuses on social freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator Health blog and often appears on TV and radio discussing social and economic issues. Snowdon is the editor of the Nanny State Index and the author of four books: Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism (2015), The Art of Suppression (2011), The Spirit Level Delusion (2010) and Velvet Glove, Iron Fist (2009). He has also written more than a dozen reports for the Institute of Economic Affairs including ‘Drinking, Fast and Slow’, ‘The Proof of the Pudding: Denmark’s Fat Tax Fiasco’, ‘Cheap as Chips’, ‘Sock Puppets’ and ‘Closing Time: who’s killing the British pub?’

sabineSabine Beppler-Spahl, writer, Chair of Freiblickinstitut e.V., (After Brexit: What Next for Ireland, The European University, and Democracy? November 2016)
Chair of the German liberal Think Tank Freiblickinstitut e.V., which publishes the Freedom Manifesto, organiser of the Berlin Salons, and the CEO of Sprachkunst36 (a language school based in Berlin). Sabine studied at economics at the University of Hamburg and is a regular contributor to the German magazine NovoArgumente, and has published articles in spiked, Die Welt, Berliner Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Zeitschrift Merkur and other publications.

johnJohn O’Brennan, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Maynooth University, (After Brexit: What Next for Ireland, The European Union, and Democracy? November 2016)Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Maynooth University, Department of Sociology, Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. His work focuses on European Integration and the EU institutions and, specifically on the process and politics of the EU’s Enlargement policy. John currently finishing a monograph which examines the EU’s role in the Western Balkans and will shortly begin a project examining the role of the European Commission in the post-accession process in Bulgaria and Romania. He also work on the Irish relationship with the European Union and will publish an edited volume with Mary C. Murphy of UCC on Ireland’s four decades of membership of the EU in 2014.

Nikos2Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos, author of The Rise of Lifestyle Activism: From New Left to Occupy (After Brexit: What Next for Ireland, The European Union, and Democracy? November, 2016 )

Lecturer in Sociology, Loughborough University. He is interested in how in the last decades some of the core values and concepts of the modernity project, such as economic growth and individual agency have been problematized in the narratives both of the New Left and of the political and intellectual elites. His short term research plans include the study of the rise of the ‘sharing economy’ and its sociological implications. He has also published on issues around the globalization process and its discontents, the forms of action and narratives of the anti-austerity movement in Greece and the internationalization of protest in the 2011 wave of contention, with a focus on the Occupy London campaign.

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Dr Eoin O’Malleyauthor of Contemporary Ireland (After Brexit: What Next for Ireland, The European Union, and Democracy? November 2016)

Senior Lecturer in Political Science, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. His research is mainly on Irish politics and particularly on cabinet government in Ireland, though he also does work on the Irish party system, media coverage of Irish elections and as a member of the academic team of We the Citizens, an Atlantic Philanthropies-sponsored pilot citizens’ assembly, he is also interested in deliberative democracy and public policy. He has recently conducted research which included experiments on the impact of information on opinion change. Eoin wrote a textbook, Contemporary Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), and co-edited two other books on Irish politics. He is a former co-editor of Irish Political Studies. Eoin is a frequent contributor to national debates on political reform.

Dr. Anthony McIntyre, author, Good Friday: the death of Irish Republicanism (Was it needless death after all? The ambiguous commemoration of the Easter Rising: November 2015)

Anthony McIntyre is a former IRA volunteer and ex-prisoner, who spent 18 years in Long McIntyreKesh – 4 years on the blanket and no-wash/no work protests which led to the hunger strikes of the 80s. He completed his PhD at Queens upon release from prison.

Anthony left the Republican Movement at the endorsement of the Good Friday Agreement, and went on to become a journalist. Co-founder of The Blanket, an online magazine that critically analyzed the Irish peace process. He is the author of Good Friday: The Death of Irish Republicanism

Derek Molyneux, historian and writer (Was it needless death after all? The ambiguous commemoration of the Easter Rising: November 2015)

MolyneuxDerek is a writer and historian, originally from Dublin City. His career background is in transport and logistics and is particularly applicable to the Dublin area. He is a lifelong historian and has in recent years combined his intimate knowledge of Dublin’s streets with his grasp of history to co-write what has been described as the most gripping account of the Easter Rising yet written. Both Derek and his co-author Darren Kelly are currently working on a series of books which approach Dublin’s revolutionary history in a similarly vivid manner.

He is married and has two children. He is a wealth of knowledge on the events of the 1916 Rising and his energetic and gregarious presentations of the same subject matter have attracted huge interest in the topic.

Margaret O’Callaghan, historian and political analyst, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy Queens University of Belfast (Was it needless death after all? The ambiguous commemoration of the Easter Rising: November 2015)O'Callaghan

Margaret O’ Callaghan MA (NUI) PhD (Cantab.) is an historian and political analyst at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast. A former Laski Research Scholar at St John’s College Cambridge and Fellow of Sidney Sussex, College, she has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Notre Dame. She is the author of numerous works on aspects of British high politics and the state apparatus in Ireland from the late nineteenth century to the revolution, on the Royal Irish Constabulary, on partition , the Boundary Commission of 1925, the fringe-fenian press, the careers of Richard Pigott, Roger Casement, and Tom Kettle, on Belfast in the 1960’s and 70’s and on Ian Paisley and the Royal Ulster Constabulary. She co-edited with Mary E .Daly 1916 in 1966; Commemorating the Easter Rising (Royal Irish Academy, 2007).

Kevin Rooney, Politics teacher and head of social science, Queen’s School, Bushey; blogger at Fans for Freedom; co-author, Who`s Afraid Of The Easter Rising (Was it needless death after all? The ambiguous commemoration of the Easter Rising: November 2015)

RooneyKevin teaches politics and is head of social science at Queen’s School, near Watford. He is a member of the IoI Education Forum and the Battle of Ideas committee. He speaks regularly in panel debates and has contributed articles to a range of publications on education, politics, Irish current affairs, civil liberties and football. He has written chapters for several books on Ireland and education on topics such as ‘Education for Mutual Understanding’ in relation to solving conflict in Northern Ireland and on citizenship lessons in UK schools.

Kevin’s other great passion in life is Celtic Football Club of which he is a season-ticket holder and shareholder. He blogs at Fans for Freedom.

Dr. Kevin Yuill, Author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization (The Assisted Dying Debate July 2015)

KevinYuillJPGKevin Yuill is a historian, author, and has published in The Tablet, Spectator, the Canadian National Post, Arts and Letters, Spiked-online and the New York Times on the subject of assisted suicide. He researches intellectual history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries at the University of Sunderland. His interests include social movements of the 1970s, including the right-to-die and gun control movements, the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Franklin Roosevelt, American liberalism, race and immigration, the civil rights movement, and the history of affirmative action. He is also author of Richard Nixon and the Rise of Affirmative Action: The Pursuit of Racial Equality in an Era of Limits (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

Dr. Jacky Davis, Chair, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying (The Assisted Dying Debate July 2015)

Jacky-DavisDr Jacky Davis is a consultant radiologist specialising in paediatric and breast imaging at Whittington Hospital, where she has worked since 1982. She is a founding member of ‘Keep our NHS Public’ and Co-Chair of the NHS Consultants’ Association. She has sat on the BMA Council since 2006. Jacky lectures around the world on the NHS and is a regular contributor to The Guardian, BMJ and Open Democracy. She is co-author of the books NHS SOS, and the newly-published NHS For Sale: Myths Lies & Deception. The campaign to change the law on assisted dying is close to Jacky’s heart, following her brother, Kevin’s, death after suffering with terminal renal cancer.

Dr. Oisin Boydell, Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR) (Big Data: Big Boon or Big Brother? April 2015)

160w-OisinBoydellDr Oisín Boydell is a senior researcher in big data analytics at the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR) based at University College Dublin. His interests lie in data mining, machine learning and related techniques for extracting useful information and insights from massive datasets as well as for predicting future events, outcomes and behaviours. Other areas of expertise include continuous analytics which involves analyzing high volume streaming data in near real-time. Oisín has a PhD in Computer Science as well as hands on experience working with big data analytics in the telecoms industry over a number of years.

Dr. Brian MacNamee, School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin (Big Data: Big Boon or Big Brother? April 2015)

t4_195614903Dr Brian Mac Namee is a lecturer and researcher at the School of Computer Science & Informatics at University College Dublin where he is a principal investigator at Ireland’s Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR). Brian’s research primarily focuses on the development of data analytics techniques for real-world problems, with a particular emphasis on text analytics, novelty detection and interface design. Brian has published extensively on data analytics and machine learning and has a textbook on machine learning for data analytics to be published later in 2015. Brian is also director of education at The Analytics Store, a data analytics consultancy and training company, where he develops bespoke data analytics programs for clients.

Martyn Perks, Co-Author/Founder – Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for Innovation (Big Data: Big Boon or Big Brother? April 2015)

xUwnhmfj_400x400Martyn Perks is a management consultant who helps businesses innovate by advising them on how to develop their internal communications and knowledge networks. Clients include Rolls-Royce, SABMiller, HSBC, Barclays, BP, Diageo and Blackberry.
In addition to his consultancy, Martyn has written widely about design, technology and innovation for a number of publications including spiked, The Independent, Blueprint, New Media Age, the Guardian and The Big Issue magazine. He has produced and spoken at numerous events in America and Europe, including producing a number of wide ranging debates on technology and innovation for the Battle of Ideas festival. He has contributed a chapter to The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated and is co-author/founder of Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for Innovation.