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An Inconvenient Wait challenges the traditional view that Ireland's application for membership of the Community was a response to similar moves by Britain. Michael Geary presents a detailed analysis of the domestic and external events that impacted on Dublin's failed 1961 and 1967 bids for membership. He explores, for the first time, the successful 1970-2 enlargement negotiations and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Ireland's negotiating team, led by Patrick Hillery. The book provides an important analysis of the May 1972 Irish referendum, examining the `Yes' and `No' campaigns.
The Epilogue delves into the controversial Treaty of Lisbon debate after Irish voters decisively rejected the treaty in June 2008. Is this just another crisis to affect the European integration process or is it something bigger? Where did the Irish government go wrong with Lisbon? How can they get it right? The book attempts to offer timely suggestions to practitioners and the general public.
This book is an exploration in policy development and formation in a country on the verge of massive economic and political, if not social, change. It traces the changing stance of Ireland's historically comfortable and preferred position of economic dependence, and how in the blink of an eye this course was altered by wider political imperatives and international developments.
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'A Must Read' - -- Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sept. 2009. Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sept. 2009. Irish Foreign Minister, Micheal Martin, T.D., 2 Sept. 2009
"Extremely Informative" -- Sunday Business Post, October 2009About the Author:
A native of Cork in the south of Ireland, Dr Michael J. Geary (29) is a Lecturer in History of European Integration at Maastricht University, having joined the Department in September 2009.
A doctoral graduate of the prestigious European University Institute in Florence, Italy, Dr Geary defended his Ph.D. dissertation in February 2009 entitled Enlargement and the European Commission: An Assessment of the British and Irish Applications for Membership of the European Economic Community, 1958-73. The thesis was jointly supervised by Professors Piers Ludlow (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Pascaline Winand (EUI/EU and European Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia).
Dr Geary's research interests include: History of European Integration; EU Institutional Changes since the 1960s; The Lisbon Treaty; Policy and Decision-Making in the EU; External Relations and Enlargement Policies of the European Union; EU Public Health Policy; Transatlantic Relations; Britain's and Ireland's Relations with the EEC/EU.
Other research interests include: Britain and the Thatcher governments during the 1980s; Contemporary European and US Politics.
He is currently working on a second book that explores the changing attitudes of the EU institutions, especially the Commission, to the enlargement question (1958-2007)
In November 2009, Dr Geary was commissioned to write a Briefing Paper on the role and functions of the European Commission for a member of the second Barroso Commission.
A Member of the Advisory Council of the European Movement Ireland, Dr Geary has lectured in European politics at Trinity College Dublin and Contemporary European History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Prior to joining the History Department at Maastricht, he worked at the General-Secretariat of the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels.
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