Key players to analyse election's impact

Key political players are to analyse the impact of the General Election in a major conference opening today in Dublin.

Key political players are to analyse the impact of the General Election in a major conference opening today in Dublin.

Organised by Dublin City University (DCU), the event will see high-level participants in the Irish political world discuss a range of topics during the three-day event at Isaac’s Hotel.

These include Fianna Fáil general secretary Sean Dorgan and Fine Gael’s director of elections Frank Flannery, who will give an analysis of May’s General Election.

Former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald and retired Chief Justice Ronan Keane will also debate the relationship between the courts and politics.

A number of academic papers will be discussed, including the initial findings of the 2007 Irish National Election Study and the Shifting identity among loyalist communities in East Antrim in the context of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.

Kenneth Bloomfield, former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, will speak at the annual dinner tomorrow night.

The inaugural Political Studies Association Ireland Irish Politics Book Prize and the Basil Chubb PhD prize will also be presented.

The conference begins at 9.15am.

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