First conferring for BA in Community and Family Studies

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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The Community Education Centre, NUI Galway warmly congratulates all students awarded the Diploma in Arts: Community and Family Studies, following the successful completion of the first two years of a four year (part-time) degree programme in Community and Family Studies. This new BA programme is one of the first such programmes in Ireland to provide adult learners with the opportunity to study community and family work policy and practice through the medium of distance learning. The attainment of the Diploma in Arts: Community and Family Studies marks the mid point of this Degree cycle and is testament to the effort and commitment of the students who graduated on Friday, 17 October, 2008. Speaking at the conferring ceremony, President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne, said: "This flexible blended-learning degree programme builds on the University's track record in Community Development and now provides a significant opportunity for all of you graduating tonight to progress into degree level studies in the Social Sciences." The Community Education Centre is a core component of Adult and Continuing Education at NUI Galway. Seamus O'Grady, Director of Adult and Continuing Education highlights the ever increasing significance of education in light of the fundamental challenges now facing both our economy and society, and more particularly the role of educational institutions in assisting communities to respond to these challenges. "Over the past 30 years Adult and Continuing Education has actively supported community development, this BA programme is designed to meet identified needs, and build on the University's track record of community engagement and the promotion of life-long learning. Global trends have a local effect and the research strengths of the University, particularly in the field of Political Science and Sociology, can assist families and communities to tackle new and existing challenges" he said. Focussing on key areas such as community development, family support, youth work, childcare, health and general political and socio-economic studies, the BA in Community and Family Studies seeks to respond to the requirements of our ever changing society, and also to the requirements of a broad spectrum of adult learners seeking recognised qualifications in formal education. -Ends-

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Website Celebrates Student Life in the Seventies Ahead of Reunion

Website Celebrates Student Life in the Seventies Ahead of Reunion-image

Monday, 20 October 2008

NUI Galway alumni from the classes of 1978 and 1979 have been asked to upload their photos and memories to a new website ahead of a reunion on Saturday, 22 November. The reunion is being billed as an opportunity to meet up with old friends, listen to talks from favourite lecturers and alumni, and view a photo exhibition. In addition, the event will feature a buffet in the Student's Union Bar followed by a night of music from musicians popular in Galway in the late 1970s. The reunion is being led by former Student's Union President, Brendan Smith, who now works with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at NUI Galway. According to Brendan: "We were part of the generation that finally benefited from third-level state grants and free post-primary education. With the arrival of the multi-national corporations, the introduction of new technologies, and fierce public debates on family planning other once taboo social issues, the country was experiencing unprecedented change. The students of this era were true pioneers being both recipients and initiators of this new Ireland". For more information on the reunion and submitting photos to the website http://www.ucggrads7879ers.blogspot.com/ contact Brendan (Speedie) Smith at bspeedie@eircom.net or the NUI Galway Alumni Office on 091 493750. -ends-

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Seachtain de Shearmanais Bronnta Céimeanna an Fhómhair ag Tosú in OÉ Gaillimh

Seachtain de Shearmanais Bronnta Céimeanna an Fhómhair ag Tosú in OÉ Gaillimh-image

Monday, 20 October 2008

Cúig Mháistreacht Oinigh le Bronnadh, agus Céim á Bronnadh ar 4,000 Mac Léinn Bainfidh os cionn 4,000 mac léinn céim amach in OÉ Gaillimh sna Searmanais Bronnta Céime a bheidh ar bun idir 17-24 Deireadh Fómhair. Bronnfaidh OÉ Gaillimh Céim Mháistreachta Oinigh ar na daoine seo a leanas: Laochra iomána na Gaillimhe, na deartháireacha Seán agus Jimmy Duggan; Tacadóir de chuid fhoireann sacair na hOllscoile, Tony Corcoran; bunaitheoir árais leanaí sa Chéinia, Sarah Wairimu; agus an teicneoir Ceimice, John Muldoon. Tabharfar aitheantas do Sheán agus do Jimmy Duggan as a bhfuil déanta acu i rith a saoil ar son na hiomána i nGaillimh. Tabharfar onóir do Tony Corcoran as an tseirbhís iontach atá tugtha aige le blianta fada anuas do Chumann Sacair na hOllscoile. Táthar ag tabhairt aitheantais do Sarah Wairimu as a cuid oibre le leanaí sa Chéinia, leanaí ar bhásaigh go leor dá gcuid tuismitheoirí den ghalar SEIF. Tabharfar onóir do John Muldoon as a shaothar ar son na Ceimice in OÉ Gaillimh agus ar son an phobail. Ag labhairt dó sular thosaigh na searmanais, dúirt Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr James J. Browne: "Thar ceann OÉ Gaillimh, déanaim comhghairdeas lenár gcéimithe ar fad agus tá fearadh na fáilte roimh a dtuismitheoirí, a dteaghlaigh agus a gcairde. Tá ríméad orainn aitheantas a thabhairt dá gcuid éachtaí agus guímid gach rath orthu san am atá le teacht. Tá an Ollscoil thar a bheith sásta chomh maith go mbeidh sí luaite le cúigear eisceachtúil a mbronnfar céim Mháistreachta oinigh orthu ag na searmanais seo a mhairfidh go ceann seachtaine." Cuirfear tús le Searmanais bhliantúla Bronnta Céimeanna an Fhómhair in OÉ Gaillimh leis na searmanais Oideachais Aosaigh agus Leantaigh, áit a mbronnfar dámhachtainí ar 892 mac léinn a chríochnaigh a gcúrsaí céime, dioplóma agus teastais in ionaid éagsúla ar fud na tíre. - críoch -

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Éileamh Leanúnach ar Chéimithe OÉ Gaillimh

Éileamh Leanúnach ar Chéimithe OÉ Gaillimh-image

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Beidh Aonach Earcaíochta Céimithe OÉ Gaillimh ar siúl i gceann coicíse ar an 29 Deireadh Fómhair, agus is léir ó shuirbhé a rinneadh go bhfuil éileamh leanúnach ar chéimithe na hOllscoile. Léiríonn figiúirí ó Shuirbhé na gCéimithe 2007 go bhfuil an céatadán de chéimithe a bhfuil bunchéimeanna faighte acu agus atá fós ag cuardach oibre cothrom le 2.1% - céatadán íseal go maith i gcomparáid le hollscoileanna eile sa tír. Beidh breis agus 60 cuideachta ón saol gnó agus ón tionscal i láthair ag Aonach Earcaíochta Céimithe OÉ Gaillimh a bheidh ar siúl in Áras na Mac Léinn, Dé Céadaoin, 29 Deireadh Fómhair, ó 12.30 - 4.30pm. Beidh deiseanna ag an imeacht seo do mhic léinn ó gach disciplín, lena n-áirítear innealtóireacht, seirbhísí airgeadais, cuntasaíocht, comhairleoireacht agus gairmeacha eile. Beidh ionadaithe ó na cuideachtaí is mó ó thionscal na bhfeistí leighis, Boston Scientific agus Medtronic, i láthair ar an lá freisin. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh ionadaithe ó na príomhbhainc in Éirinn i láthair – Banc Uladh, Bank of Scotland agus IIB Bank ina measc. Dóibh siúd ar spéis leo gairm sa réimse comhairliúcháin – beidh ionadaithe i láthair freisin ó cheann de na gnólachtaí comhairleoireachta is mó in Éirinn – Accenture. Beidh ionadaithe i láthair freisin ón earnáil TF agus innealtóireachta trí chuideachtaí áitiúla agus náisiúnta lena n-áirítear SIAC, SAP agus IBM. Dúirt John Hannon, Ceann Ionad Forbartha Gairmeacha OÉ Gaillimh go bhfuil "an-éileamh ar chéimithe OÉ Gaillimh go fóill, rud a léiríonn go bhfuil siad breá ábalta dul i mbun fostaíochta. Cé gur cinnte go gcruthaíonn an timpeallacht reatha gheilleagrach dúshláin dúinn, is eol dúinn go n-earcóidh os cionn 50% d'fhostóirí céimithe as disciplíní éagsúla mar gheall ar an taithí iomlánaíoch agus na scileanna inaistrithe atá acu. Tá scileanna inaistrithe éagsúla ann – modúil a ndearnadh staidéar orthu, socrúcháin oibre, obair dheonach, clubanna nó cumainn". Bunaithe ar an mbéim ar fad atá ar scileanna inaistrithe cheap OÉ Gaillimh Oifigeach Scileanna Inaistrithe san Ionad Forbartha Gairmeacha. Cabhróidh an tOifigeach seo le mic léinn cur lena gcumas fostaíocht a aimsiú dóibh féin trí chabhrú leo machnamh a dhéanamh ar na róil agus ar na hearnálacha fostaíochta a bhféadfadh spéis a bheith acu iontu. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Louise Ryan, Oifigeach Fostaíochta in Ionad Forbartha Gairmeacha OÉ Gaillimh leo siúd a bheidh ag freastal ar an Aonach, "Beidh na céadta céimithe eile i láthair ag an Aonach agus is é an aidhm chéanna a bheidh acu ar fad – fostaíocht fheiliúnach a aimsiú – dá bhrí sin, ba cheart go mbeadh gach duine in ann dul i bhfeidhm orthu. Bí cinnte go mbeidh tú ann luath sa lá ionas go mbainfidh tú an méid tairbhe agus is féidir as na seirbhísí atá ar fáil agus ionas go bhfaighidh tú deis labhairt le hionadaithe ón oiread cuideachtaí agus is féidir". Tá liosta iomlán de na cuideachtaí a bheidh i láthair le fáil ag www.nuigalway.ie/careers - críoch -

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Demand Continues for NUI Galway Graduates Ahead of Recruitment Fair

Demand Continues for NUI Galway Graduates Ahead of Recruitment Fair-image

Sunday, 19 October 2008

With just two weeks to go to the NUI Galway Graduate Recruitment Fair on 29 October, a survey has shown continued demand for graduates of the University. Figures from the NUI Galway 2007 Graduate Destinations Survey indicate that the proportion of primary degree graduates seeking employment, at only 2.1%, remained one of the best in Ireland. Over 60 major companies from business and industry will feature at the NUI Galway Graduate Recruitment Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn/Student Centre on Wednesday, 29 October, from 12.30 - 4.30pm. The event will showcase opportunities for students from all disciplines, with a diverse number of fields such as engineering, financial services, accountancy, consultancy and many other professions. Major players in the medical device industry will attend such as Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Ireland's main banks will also be present including Ulster Bank, Bank of Scotland and IIB. For those interested in a career in consultancy - one of Ireland's largest consultancy firms, Accenture will also be represented. The IT and engineering sectors will also have representation through local and national companies including SIAC, SAP and IBM. According to John Hannon, Head of NUI Galway's Career Development Centre: "Demand for NUI Galway graduates remains extremely high, reflecting their excellence in terms of employability. While the current economic climate does of course present challenges, we are finding that over 50% of employers will recruit graduates from across the disciplines because of the all round experience and transferable skills they have gained. Transferable skills can include modules studied and also time spent in work placement, volunteering roles and clubs or societies". This focus on transferable skills has seen NUI Galway appoint a Transferable Skills Officer at its Career Development Centre. The Officer will further enable students to enhance their employability by helping them envisage the many roles and sectors of employment which they might be suitable. Louise Ryan, Employment Officer at NUI Galway's Career Development Centre has some advice for those attending the Fair: "There will be hundreds of other graduates there with the same aim as you - to find meaningful employment - so be prepared to make a good impression. Make sure you are there early so you can make the most of all the services available and get to talk to as many companies as possible". A full list of exhibitors is available from www.nuigalway.ie/careers -ends-

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TG4@10 Book Launch at NUI Galway

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Friday, 17 October 2008

An award-winning bilingual book celebrating the first ten years of the Irish language television station TG4 will be launched today (Friday, 17 October) at NUI Galway. TG4@10: Deich mBliana de TG4 - Ten Years of TG4 is the title of the book to be launched in Aras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway by Michael D. Higgins T.D. who, as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, gave the go-ahead for TG4. The station first came on air as Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG) in 1996. The book is published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta and edited by Dr Eithne O'Connell of Dublin City University and Dr John Walsh and Professor Gearóid Denvir of NUI Galway. It is a collection of essays, complete with summaries in Irish, written by both academics and those working in the television industry. Topics under discussion include the historical and political background to the founding of the station, TG4's language policy, the social and economic impact of the station and the specific challenges of broadcasting in Irish as well as the use of immigrant languages and English. The authors are drawn for all parts of the island, from the Waterford Gaeltacht to Portstewart, and from Dublin to Connemara and the main dialects of Irish are all represented. "We felt sure that this book will make an impact", said one of the editors, NUI Galway lecturer, Dr John Walsh. Indeed just last week, the book was awarded an Oireachtas na Gaeilge literary prize of €1,000 for a substantial pioneering work in Irish. "The essays are based on a seminar at NUI Galway organised with DCU in 2006 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TG4, and the book is likely to be appeal to anyone interested in the media or in language and broadcasting issues. We made a point of having full Irish/English interpreting services on offer at the seminar and have translated sections of the book into English as well so as to make it accessible to those who are interested but don't have great Irish language skills." The book launch will take place at 6pm today, Friday 17 October, in Aras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway. An award-winning bilingual book celebrating the first ten years of the Irish language television station TG4 will be launched today (Friday, 17 October) at NUI Galway. TG4@10: Deich mBliana de TG4 - Ten Years of TG4 is the title of the book to be launched in Aras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway by Michael D. Higgins T.D. who, as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, gave the go-ahead for TG4. The station first came on air as Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG) in 1996. The book is published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta and edited by Dr Eithne O'Connell of Dublin City University and Dr John Walsh and Professor Gearóid Denvir of NUI Galway. It is a collection of essays, complete with summaries in Irish, written by both academics and those working in the television industry. Topics under discussion include the historical and political background to the founding of the station, TG4's language policy, the social and economic impact of the station and the specific challenges of broadcasting in Irish as well as the use of immigrant languages and English. The authors are drawn for all parts of the island, from the Waterford Gaeltacht to Portstewart, and from Dublin to Connemara and the main dialects of Irish are all represented. "We felt sure that this book will make an impact", said one of the editors, NUI Galway lecturer, Dr John Walsh. Indeed just last week, the book was awarded an Oireachtas na Gaeilge literary prize of €1,000 for a substantial pioneering work in Irish. "The essays are based on a seminar at NUI Galway organised with DCU in 2006 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TG4, and the book is likely to be appeal to anyone interested in the media or in language and broadcasting issues. We made a point of having full Irish/English interpreting services on offer at the seminar and have translated sections of the book into English as well so as to make it accessible to those who are interested but don't have great Irish language skills." The book launch will take place at 6pm today, Friday 17 October, in Aras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway. -Ends-

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Seoladh an Leabhair TG4 @ 10

Seoladh an Leabhair TG4 @ 10 -image

Friday, 17 October 2008

- Deich mBliana de TG4 - Seolfar leabhar dátheangach inniú (Dé hAoine, 17ú Deireadh Fómhair) in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh i gcomóradh ar na chéad deich mbliana de TG4, an stáisiún teilifíse Gaeilge. TG4@10: Deich mBliana de TG4/Ten Years of TG4 is teideal don leabhar, atá á fhoilsiú ag Cló Iar-Chonnachta. Is iad an Dr Eithne O'Connell, Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, an Dr John Walsh, OÉ Gaillimh agus an tOllamh Gearóid Denvir, OÉ Gaillimh, eagarthóirí an leabhair. An Teachta Dála de chuid Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre i nGaillimh, Micheál D. Ó hUiginn, a sheolfaidh an leabhar ag ócáid in Áras na Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh. Ba é an Teachta Ó hUiginn, agus é ina Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gaeltachta agus Oileán, a cheadaigh go mbunófaí Teilifís na Gaeilge i 1996. Bailiúchán aistí le daoine aitheanta, idir lucht léinn agus lucht thionscal na teilifíse, atá sa leabhar. Pléitear gnéithe de stair na teilifíse, polasaí teanga TG4, tionchar sóisialta agus eacnamaíoch an stáisiúin, na dúshláin a bhaineann le craoladh trí mheán na Gaeilge agus úsáid teangacha inimirceach. Baineann na húdair le gach cearn den tír, ó Ghaeltacht na Rinne i bPort Láirge go Port Stíobhairt agus ó Chonamara go Baile Átha Cliath. Foilsítear achoimrí dátheangacha de na haistí ar fad agus eolas eile i mBéarla. "Creidimid go mbeidh tábhacht ag baint leis an saothar seo", a dúirt an Dr John Walsh, duine d'eagarthóirí an leabhair, a ghnóthaigh ceann de dhuaiseanna liteartha Oireachtas na Gaeilge an mhí seo. "Bunaíodh é ar sheimineár a reáchtáil in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh i 2006 le Ollscoil Bhaile Átha Cliath chun 10 mbliana de TG4 a chéiliúradh agus bhí sé i gceist againn riamh go bhfoilseofaí na himeachtaí. Táimid cinnte go rachaidh an leabhar seo go mór chun tairbhe na ndaoine sin atá ag déanamh staidéir ar na meáin chumarsáide Ghaeilge, agus go mbainfidh lucht déanta polasaí craolacháin agus teanga tairbhe as chomh maith. Bhí cur chuige dátheangach againn le linn an tseimineáir féin trí chóras ateangaireachta a úsáid, agus is cúis áthais dúinn cuid den chur chuige céanna a úsáid sa leabhar", a dúirt an Dr Walsh. Seolfaidh Micheál D. Ó hUiginn an leabhar um thráthnóna (Dé hAoine, 17ú Deireadh Fómhair) in Áras na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh ag a 6.00i.n. Breis eolais: www.cic.ie -Críoch-

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OÉ Gaillimh le haitheantas a thabhairt do Mhic Léinn a ghnóthaigh scoth na marca

OÉ Gaillimh le haitheantas a thabhairt do Mhic Léinn a ghnóthaigh scoth na marca-image

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Bronnfar scoláireachtaí ar fiú €119,000 ar an iomlán iad ar mhic léinn chéad bhliana in OÉ Gaillimh mar aitheantas ar na pointí arda a ghnóthaigh siad i Scrúdú na hArdteistiméireachta. Mar chuid de shearmanas bliantúil na hOllscoile Scoláireachtaí Iontrála a bhronnadh, bronnfar scoláireachtaí ar fiú €1,700 iad mar aon le scrolla speisialta ar 70 mac léinn. Bronnfar na scoláireachtaí seo ag searmanas speisialta Déardaoin, an 16 Deireadh Fómhair 2008. Beidh idir mhúinteoirí agus thuismitheoirí i láthair ag an searmanas. Is é atá mar aidhm leis na Scoláireachtaí Iontrála mic léinn ar ardchaighdeán a mhealladh chuig OÉ Gaillimh agus aitheantas a thabhairt don éacht acadúil atá déanta acu. D'fhéadfaí go mbeadh scoláireachtaí nó deontais eile á mbronnadh ag an searmanas céanna, Scéim Scoláireachtaí Spóirt na hOllscoile san áireamh. I mbliana, bronnfar Scoláireachtaí Iontrála ar mhic léinn as 38 scoil ar fud na tíre. Tá scoláireachtaí le bronnadh ar mhic léinn as na contaetha seo a leanas – An Clár, Corcaigh, Dún na nGall, Gaillimh, Ciarraí, Laois, Luimneach, An Longfort, Maigh Eo, Uíbh Fhailí, Ros Comáin, Sligeach, Tiobraid Árann agus An Iarmhí. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr James J. Browne, a bhronnfaidh na seiceanna agus na scrollaí ag an imeacht: "Cúis áthais dúinn a bheith in ann aitheantas a thabhairt d'éachtaí acadúla an 70 mac léinn seo as gach cearn den tír. Déanann OÉ Gaillimh iarracht i gcónaí tacú le feabhas acadúil i ngach uile dhisciplín agus é a spreagadh. Deis é Searmanas Bronnta na Scoláireachtaí Iontrála le haitheantas a thabhairt dár mic léinn chéad bhliana a bhfuil a gcumas acadúil cruthaithe acu cheana féin bunaithe ar na torthaí a fuair siad i Scrúdú na hArdteistiméireachta. Deis atá ann freisin le haitheantas a thabhairt don obair atá déanta ag a dtuimsitheoirí agus ag a múinteoirí. Cuirimid fáilte chroíúil rompu chuig OÉ Gaillimh agus táimid ag tnúth lena gcumas acadúil a fhorbairt amach anseo agus tacú lena n-iarrachtaí sna blianta amach romhainn". Bronntar Scoláireachtaí Iontrála gach bliain ar mhic léinn atá díreach tosaithe ag freastal ar OÉ Gaillimh agus a fuair 560 pointe, ar a laghad, i Scrúdú na hArdteistimérieachta (590 pointe do mhic léinn leighis). I mbliana d'éirigh le 18 mac léinn an t-uasmhéid 600 pointe a fháil. Chomh maith leis sin, bronnann OÉ Gaillimh 25 Sparánacht gach bliain. Is fiú €1,600 an ceann na sparánachtaí seo a bhfuil sé mar aidhm leo tacú le mic léinn a thugann faoi chéatadán suntasach dá gcúrsa staidéir trí mheán na Gaeilge. - críoch -

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The Politics of Peace and Conflict is Theme of Conference at NUI Galway

The Politics of Peace and Conflict is Theme of Conference at NUI Galway-image

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The politics of peace and conflict will be the theme of a Political Studies Association of Ireland conference at NUI Galway from 17-19 October. The event will feature discussions on the Irish peace process, peacekeeping, Latin American politics and Iraq. Other topical subjects at the conference, which is being organised by the University's School of Political Science and Sociology, will include the Lisbon Treaty and the Irish political party system. Speakers at the conference include Brendan Duddy who acted as an intermediary between the IRA leadership and the British government between 1973 and 1993. The existence of this channel of communication was a closely-guarded secret, causing major public controversy when it was finally revealed. The Secret Peacemaker, a documentary about Brendan's significant role through those turbulent times, will be screened and followed by a questions and answers session . The event will also feature Nuala O'Loan, who played a prominent and important role in the Northern peace process in recent years as Northern Ireland's first police ombudsman. She was at the centre of intense public debate and controversy, carrying out investigations into the Omagh bomb inquiry, and police collusion with paramilitaries. A UK House of Commons Committee report in 2005 praised her role and recommended that she be given wider powers, and she was appointed by the Irish government in February 2008 to serve as their special envoy in Timor-Leste (east Timor). Conference organiser and lecturer in Politics at NUI Galway, Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh, said: "The persistence of war and political violence is one of the most important global political issues. Understanding the dynamics of violent conflict, and the approaches that can contribute to building and maintaining peace, is one of the most urgent tasks for academic research on politics. Violent conflicts are often much more embedded and complex than they appear to outside observers, but the experience of the peace process in Ireland demonstrates that negotiation and dialogue can contribute to narrowing the gap between parties that seem to be irreconcilable". Dr Ó Dochartaigh added: "Given Ireland's long history of contributing to United Nation's peacekeeping missions, and the Irish experience of the Troubles in recent decades, there are many people in Ireland with direct experience of these issues. One of the highlights of the conference for me will be the roundtable discussion on peacekeeping and the protection of civilians in peace support operations". An expert on Iraq who has also written extensively about conflict in Northern Ireland, Professor Brendan O Leary of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, will also speak at the event. His academic work played a significant role in shaping the new government and policing arrangements in Northern Ireland. Professor O'Leary is currently an international advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly, responsible for advising on the constitutional reconstruction of Iraq and Kurdistan. Michael D. Higgins T.D., and Adjunct Professor with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, will deliver an after-dinner speech at the conference dinner, entitled 'From Political Studies to Political Practice'. Further information on the conference and a full programme is available at www.psai.ie. -ends-

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NUI Galway to Host Major US Presidential Election Debate

NUI Galway to Host Major US Presidential Election Debate-image

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Republican Grant Lally to go head-to-head with Democrat Bruce Morrison Washington, DC comes to NUI Galway on Thursday, 30 October, when the University hosts a US Presidential Election Debate featuring senior representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties. Just days before the closely contested election, Grant Lally, national co-chairman of the Irish-American Republicans, will go head-to-head in a debate with Bruce Morrison, a former US Congressman from Connecticut and author of the Morrison Visa Program. The event, which is open to the public, will be hosted jointly by NUI Galway's Law Society and Literary and Debating Society and takes place in the University's Áras na Mac Léinn at 8pm. Grant Lally is former president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and McCain Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. Recently he wrote that John McCain: "Is a responsible, experienced and respected leader who will strengthen America's relations with the world, raise the level of engagement with Ireland to cement the Irish peace process, and work more closely with America's friends and allies in Europe to build a more stable, prosperous and peaceful world". Bruce Morrison, described by the New York Times as a man of "intellect, compassion and vigour", has pledged his allegiance to Barack Obama's ambitions of ending the war in Iraq, increasing energy independence and providing universal health care. The moderator for the debate will be Larry Donnelly, a Boston native and NUI Galway Law Lecturer. According to Mr. Donnelly: "Over the past few months, we have seen the campaigns of the two main candidates evolve through the lens of unprecedented media interest in a US Presidential election. The 2008 election is set to be of major significance for Irish-American relations. McCain has an established history of personal involvement in the Irish peace process and Obama has recently appointed a "dream team" of high-profile Irish-American political advisors". One of the students organising the event is Peter Mannion, who is studying Law at NUI Galway and spent his summer working as an intern in the Washington, DC office of the Obama campaign. He is anticipating an exiting evening: "If the recently televised debates between the candidates themselves are anything to go by, there is no doubt that Lally and Morrison will succeed in replicating if not surpassing their controversial intensity". Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, 15 October and will be available from Zhivago's on Shop Street, Galway, and from the NUI Galway Societies Box Office in Áras na Mac Léinn. Student tickets are €2 (valid student ID required) and non-student tickets are €10. For further information on the event please contact Louise Hamilton, Public Relations Officer of the Law Society, on 0860734033 or email nuiglawsociety@gmail.com -ends-

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