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Peadar Kirby is Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick from where he retired in 2012. Before joining UL in 2007, he was Associate Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He is a former journalist with The Irish Times and, from 1984-86, was associate editor of Noticias Aliadas in Lima, Peru. A former secondary teacher, Peadar Kirby now lives in Ireland’s only ecovillage in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary. He also holds the positions of adjunct professor in the Centre for Small State Studies in the University of Iceland, adjunct professor in the Network for Power, Politics and Society in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and in the autumn of 2012 heheld the UNESCO chair of South-North studies in the University of Valencia, Spain. He is currently writing a book on the political economy of climate change. 

Is Ollamh Emeritus le Polaitíocht Idirnáisiúnta agus le Polasaí Poiblí in Ollscoil Luimnigh é Peadar Kirby ó chuaigh sé amach ar phinsin i 2012. Sular aistrigh sé go hOL i 2007, bhí sé ina ina Ollamh Comhlach sa Scoil Dlí agus Rialtais in Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Bhí sé ina iriseoir leis an Irish Times sna 1980í agus, idir 1984-86, ina eagarthóir chomhlach i Noticias Aliadas, Lima, Peiriú. Is iar-mhúinteoir meánscoile é Peadar, agus anois tá sé ina chónaí in eiceaphobal Chloch Shiurdáin, Co Thiobraid Árann. Tá sé freisin ina ollamh cúnta san Ionad Staidéir ar Stáit Bheaga in Ollscoil na hÍoslainne, ollamh cúnta sa Líonra ar Chumhacht, Polaitíocht agus Sochaí in Ollscoil Náisiúnta na hÉireann, Maigh Nuad, agus i bhfómhar na bliana 2012 bhí sé ina ollamh UNESCO ar staidéir Theas-Thuaidh in Ollscoil Valencia, sa Spáinn. Tá sé ag scríobh leabhar faoi láthair ar eacnamaíocht pholaitiúil an athrú aeráide.


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  • Fáilte/Welcome
      Fáilte, welcome to the blog from the ecovillage. I’m hoping to create a space here, both in English and in Irish, to comment on the world as it appears to me from Ireland’s only ecovillage, Cloughjordan in County Tipperary. Beidh mé ag cur in iúil smaointe agus tuairimí a ritheann chugam ó lá go lá nó chun macnamh a dhéanamh ar eachtraí ár linne de réir mar a tharlaíonn siad.   It is very important to clarify at the beginning that I am not speaking for or on behalf of the...
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  • France moves into a new political space
    So, the French have shown again that politics really matters and has become the space where different visions of the future are being fought out. And, while the centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron now appears certain to be France’s next president, the first round of the 2017 presidential election has already brought massive changes. As we have seen elsewhere, voters are decisively rejecting long-established mainstream parties and giving support both to new parties and, in increasing numbers,...Read more
  • Ireland’s mitigation planning: where are the big ideas?
    The publication of Ireland’s first draft national mitigation plan as mandated by the Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Act of 2015 may in time be seen as the Irish state’s first attempt seriously to face the enormous challenges of decarbonising our economy by 2050 as we are now legally obliged to do under the 2015 Act. Yet, it shows the state has a very long way to go in finding responses adequate to the challenges. Examining Ireland’s record on facing the challenges of climate...Read more
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Peadar continues to lecture widely, both in Ireland and overseas, as well as being co-ordinator of the Cloughjordan ecovillage’s educational and research programme. He contributes regularly to courses in the University of Limerick, National University of Ireland, Galway, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He also teaches in the University of Valencia, Spain. His current lecturing focuses particularly on the challenges of climate change. Browse Lectures  



Peadar has published more than 20 books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as working papers, pamphlets, book reviews and journalistic articles since the late 1970s. In addition to publications in English, he has published in Irish and in Spanish.  Among his key works are Celtic Tiger in Collapse (2010), Towards a Second Republic (written with Mary Murphy, 2011), Vulnerability and Violence (2006) and Introduction to Latin America (2003).  Browse Publications

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23 December 2015
'Adapting to Climate Change: Governance Challenges', edited by Deiric Ó Broin and Peadar Kirby, launched by Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in Dublin on Decem...
12 November 2014
'Transforming capitalism: The triple crisis', by Peadar Kirby, pp 62-75 in Irish Journal of Sociology, Vol 21, No 2, 2013
12 November 2014
In Spanish: 'Crisis en la periferia europea: política económica e impacto social en España e Irlanda', written with Raúl de Arriba, in Antonio Sánchez Andrés and Juan Antonio Tomás Carpi, eds:...
12 November 2014
Latest publications: Special issue of Irish Journal of Sociology on Transforming Capitalism, Vol 21, No 2, 2013, co-edited with Mary P. Murphy

Peadar Kirby: Publications

Towards a Second Republic: Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger
2011 Towards a Second Republic Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger, Peadar Kirby, Mary P. Murphy, Pluto Press
Celtic Tiger in Distress
2001 Celtic Tiger in Distress: Growth with Inequality in Ireland, Palgrave Macmillan Ireland's Celtic Tiger economy has been held up as a model of successful development in a globalized world, offer...
Celtic Tiger In Collapse
2010 Celtic Tiger in Collapse: Explaining the Weaknesses of the Irish Model, Palgrave Macmillan
Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratisation
2012: Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratisation, co-edited with Barry Cannon, Zed Books.
Introduction to Latin America: Twenty-first Century Challenges
2003Introduction to Latin America: Twenty-first Century Challenges, Sage, Publications.
Reinventing Ireland: Culture, Society and the Global Economy
2002: Reinventing Ireland: Culture, Society and the Global Economy, co-edited with Luke Gibbons and Michael Cronin, Pluto Press.
Vulnerability and Violence: The Impact of Globalisation
2006 Vulnerability and Violence: The Impact of Globalisation, Pluto Press.
Contesting the State: Lessons from the Irish case
2008: Contesting the State: Lessons from the Irish case, co-edited with Maura Adshead and Michelle Millar, Manchester University Press