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About Paul Gillespie

Paul Gillespie is a columnist with the Irish Times and a senior research fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. With Daithi O’Ceallaigh he co-edited Britain and Europe: The Endgame, An Irish Perspective, Dublin: Institute of  International and European Affairs 2015 (available to download  at

Articles by Paul Gillespie

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ireland, Brexit and our Disunited Kingdom

Will Brexit ultimately result in a united federal Ireland in a confederation with Scotland, in the EU – with England and Wales outside it?

The European Union and Russia after Georgia

The lesson of the Georgia-Russia crisis for the European Union is to learn from past mistakes and develop a distinct, long-term foreign-policy strategy, says Paul Gillespie.

Ireland breaks Europe's democratic code

The lesson of the European Union’s constitutional treaty is that national and European levels of politics are combining to create the possibility of a new public sphere. But what can be done to make it real in citizens’ minds? Paul Gillespie of the “Irish Times” reflects.

Europe Thrives on National Debate

By ratifying the Nice Treaty, the Irish people have paved the way to European Union (EU) enlargement. Their healthy debate, good preparation for political engagement with the new EU, is also a vivid expression of the emerging European public sphere.

Towards a partnership of equals: European-US relations

The long-term trends in transatlantic relations are towards equality. After 11 September, will they be set back by an intensification of the unilateralism of Bush’s first year? Or will current, necessary coalition-building become the harbinger of a progressive renewal?

Ireland's 'no' is EU's opportunity

The Irish people’s rejection of the Nice treaty is a roadblock to EU reform and enlargement. It is also a demand for a new political culture in the EU. Will the politicians and bureaucrats at last respond to democratic challenge?
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