Ireland and the European Union

Economic, political and social crises

Edited by Michael Holmes and Kathryn Simpson

Ireland and the European Union


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6142-0
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: October 2021
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, European Politics, Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, EU (European Union), Ireland
  • Series: European Politics


This book examines how Ireland's relationship with the EU was affected by a succession of crises in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The financial crisis, the Brexit crisis and the migration crisis were not of equal significance on the island of Ireland. The financial crisis was a huge issue for the Republic but not Northern Ireland, Brexit had a major impact in both polities, the migration and populism issues were less controversial, while foreign policy challenges had a minimal impact. The book provides a summary of the main features of each of the crises to be considered, from both the EU and the Irish perspective.

Ireland and the European Union is the first volume of its kind to provide a comprehensive analysis on British-Irish relations in the context of Brexit. It assesses the Withdrawal Agreement and Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, the devolution settlement and the 1998 Agreement, as well as the European dimension to Northern Ireland's peace process. The contributors explore a number of policy areas that are central to the understanding of each of the crises and the impact of each for Ireland. Chapters examine issues such as security, migration and taxation as well as protest politics, political parties, the media, public opinion and the economic impact of each of these crises on Ireland's relationship with the EU.


1 Ireland and the European Union: crisis and change - Kathryn Simpson and Michael Holmes
2 The global island: Ireland in a changed Union - Ben Tonra
3 A turbulent commitment: economic relations between Ireland and the European Union between the crash and Brexit - Patrick Gallagher, Fergal Rhatigan and Seán Ó Riain
4 Sovereign or not sovereign: tax policy, Ireland and the EU - Shelia Killian
5 Ireland's migration and asylum policies in an EU context: from opt-outs to solidarity? - Aideen Elliott
6 Irish political parties and the EU: Euro-nationalism not Euroscepticism - Michael Holmes
7 Post-crash protest politics - Madelaine Moore and Silke Trommer
8 National interest and public interest: public opinion from the economic crisis to Brexit - Kathryn Simpson
9 'No time for diplomatic squeamishness': news media framing of Irish political interventions in the UK's EU referendum - Anthony Cawley
10 British-Irish relations: how Brexit unsettled what had been normalised - Brigid Laffan and Jane O'Mahony
11 Brexit and the economy of Ireland - Stephen Kinsella
12 Northern Ireland and Brexit: a unique challenge in unique circumstances - David Phinnemore and Lisa Whitten
13 Making it up as we go along: Brexit and constitutional politics in Great Britain and Ireland - Jonathan Evershed
14 Taking back control, without going back to conflict: weighing up the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland's peace process - James Pow
15 EU structural fund programmes on the island of Ireland: Interreg and the cross-border dimension - Giada Lagana
16 Ireland and the EU: nationalism in internationalism - Michael Holmes and Kathryn Simpson



Michael Holmes is Associate Professor at the European School of Political and Social Sciences in Lille, France

Kathryn Simpson is Associate Professor in Political Economy at the Future Economies Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University

Ireland and the European Union

Edited by Michael Holmes, Kathryn Simpson

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