The newly established Electoral Geography Group (EGG), Maynooth University, hosted a conference entitled ‘A Century of Elections: Past, Place and Politics.’
Held on 3 October, the conference celebrated the Centenary of the historic 1918 election, featuring papers which have a strong focus on the importance of place, or places, throughout the past century of elections on the island of Ireland.
Session One: ‘The 1918 Westminster Election’ provided a comprehensive insight and background into the 1918 election itself and why it was so important. Speakers including Dr Regina Donlon, Carlow College; Dr Martin O’Donoghue, University of Limerick; as well as Dr Peter Murray, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University.
Session Two: ‘Electoral Change: Changing Times and Changing Places’ examined the more recent changes in Irish politics from the period following the 1918 Westminster Election, to the current day. Speakers included Dr Adrian Kavanagh, William Durkan, IRC postgraduate scholar; Claire McGing, Athena SWAN Project Officer; Caoilfhionn D’Arcy, postgraduate researcher in electoral geography and Johnny Fallon, political analyst with Carr Communications.
The conference was part funded by the Commemorations Committee.