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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Launch of new book on Independents by Liam Weeks

A new book by Liam Weeks (UCC) entitled Independents in Irish Party Democracy (Manchester University Press) was launched in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin, on 4th July.

The book was launched by the independent Minister for Tourism, Trade and Sport Shane Ross. Minister Ross said that Liam was responsible for the formation of the Independent Alliance and that he had believed in independents before they had themselves. He noted how distinctive is the presence of independents in Ireland and praised the meticulous scholarly nature of the work.

Liam noted the distinctive contribution independents have made to Irish politics. Dedicating the book to independents, he said that whatever you think of independents we’d have to agree they bring an element of colour, diversity and choice to the Irish political system.

The launch was supported by the PSAI.

Neil Collins, Kieran Coughlan, Muiris MacCarthaigh and Liam Weeks

Minister Shane Ross and Liam Weeks