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Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland

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This book presents an overview of political communication in the Republic of Ireland from a multiplicity of perspectives and sources. It brings together academics and practitioners to examine the development and current shape of political communication in modern Ireland. It also examines what the future holds for political communication in an increasingly gatekeeper-free media landscape.

The field of political communication, where journalists, public relations professionals and politicians intersect and interact, has always been a highly contested one fuelled by suspicion, mutual dependence and fraught relationships.

While politicians need the media they remain highly suspicious of journalists. While journalists remain wary of politicians, they need access to them for information. For most of the time, what emerges is a relatively stable relationship of mutual dependence with the boundaries policed by public relation professions.

However, every so often, in times of political crisis or upheaval, this relationship gives way to a near free-for-all. Politicians, spokespersons and sometimes even journalists, become fair game in the battle for public accountability and support. The determination of public relations professions to avoid this and keep the relationship based on mutual dependence has become a central component of modern statecraft and systems of governance. The need to keep politicians and the media `on message' and use the media to inform, shape and manage public discourse has become central to the workings of government, opposition and interest groups.

On the other hand, the packaging of politics has potentially troublesome implications for the democratic process. In the era of the instant news cycle, new technologies and constant opinion polling, just where does information end and misinformation begin? With millions being spent annually on advisors and `spin-doctors', just where does media access end and media manipulation begin?

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheorySocial & political philosophy Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 03/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9781781381489  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Notes on Contributors MARK BYRNE is communications manager of the schools of medicine and medical science at University College Dublin.He previously held communications positions at a number of NGOs in the mental health and social policy sectors, including the European Anti-Poverty Network the Higher Education Authority. He has worked on and volunteered with several local and national election campaigns in Ireland. TOM CLONAN is a retired army officer (Captain) with experience in the Middle East and former Yugoslavia. He is now a lecturer in the school of media, Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also the Irish Times security analyst and the author of Blood, Sweat and Tears, a first hand account of combat and loss in South Lebanon. FARREL CORCORAN is former professor of communications at Dublin City University, where he served as head of the school of communications and dean of the faculty of humanities. From 1995 to 2000 he served as chairman of the RTE and is the author of RTE and the Globalisation of Irish Television, (2004) and co-editor of Democracy and Communication in the New Europe (1995). BRYCE EVANS is a lecturer in modern history at the department of politics, history, media and communication, Liverpool Hope University.He is the author of Ireland during the Second World War: Farewell to Plato's Cave(forthcoming) and The Other Lemass (2011). He was campaign manager for a United Left Alliance candidate in election 2011. RODDY FLYNN is a lecturer in the school of communications, Dublin City University. He is co-editor of John Huston: essays on a restless director(2010) andHistorical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (2007). DECLAN FAHY is assistant professor at the school of communication, American University,Washington, D.C. His research examines the role of journalism in communicating knowledge, expertise and complexity, focusing in particular on science and financial news. His researchhas been published in numerous journals includingJournalism, Science Communication, Journalism Studies, and Irish Communications Review. He previously worked as a reporter for the Irish Times,while his recent journalism has appeared in The Scientist and online at the Columbia Journalism Review. COLUM KENNY is professor of communications, Dublin City University and a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. A barrister and former reporter/presenter with RTE, he is the author of The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life(2011) and Moments that Changed Us (2005). As an independent expert, he swore an affidavit for the applicant in the McCrystal case giving his opinion that the government's booklet and website supported the case for voting `yes' in the 2012 children's rights referendum. SARAH KAVANAGH, is a senior research officer for Fine Gael in Dail Eireann, having previously worked as a parliamentary assistant for Fine Gael TDs between 2005 and 2011. She holds an MA degree in Politics (UCD, 2001), an MA degree in Political Communication (DCU, 2007), and a Barrister-at-Law degree (The Honorable Society of King's Inns, 2012). IAIN MCMENAMIN is a senior lecturer in politics in the school of law and government, Dublin City University. Hs is the author of If Money Talks, What Does It Say? Corruption and Business Financing of Political Parties (2012). MARTIN MOLONY is a lecturer in the school of communications, Dublin City University. He teaches professional communications skills and public relations skills on the MA in Political Communication and the MSc in Science Communication. He is currently completing his PhD, on the history of puppet theatre in Ireland, at Trinity College Dublin. GARY MURPHY is associate professor of politics and head of the school of law and government, Dublin City University. Recent publications include In search of the Promised Land: Politics in Postwar Ireland (2009), Continuity, Change and Crisis in Contemporary Ireland (2010) co-edited with Brian Girvin, and Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison (2010) with Raj Chari and John Hogan. MARK O'BRIEN is the author of The Irish Times: A History (2008) and The Truth in the News? De Valera, FiannaFail and the Irish Press (2001). He also co-edited Political Censorship and the Democratic State: The Irish Broadcasting Ban (2005) and Independent Newspapers: A History (2012). He is chairperson of the advisory board of the Media History Collection, DCU Library & Archive. DONNACHA O BEACHAIN is a lecturer in the school of law and government, Dublin City University and is the author of The Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Question since 1922: The Politics of Partition (forthcoming), and The Destiny of the Soldiers: FiannaFail, Irish Republicanism and the IRA (2010). EOIN O'MALLEY is a lecturer in the school of law and government, Dublin City University. He is the author of Contemporary Ireland (2011) and co-editor of Governing Ireland: From Cabinet Government to Delegated Governance (2012) andIrish Political Studies Reader: Key Contributions (2007). He is also a member of the academic team of `We the Citizens', an Atlantic Philanthropies-sponsored pilot citizens' assembly. KEVIN RAFTER is a senior lecturer at Dublin City University. Prior to this he held senior editorial positions with The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Sunday Tribune, and as a correspondent with Prime Time. He is the editor of Irish Journalism before Independence: More a Disease than a Profession and author of several histories of political parties including Democratic Left: The Life and Death of an Irish Political Party (2011) and The Road to Power (2011).

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