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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
Matt Carthy TD

Part of the Cambridge seminar series on the future of the island of Ireland, co-hosted by Sidney Sussex College and the Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge.

Matt Carthy TD (Sinn Féin, Cavan-Monaghan & party spokesperson for agriculture, food and the marine) will discuss the future of the island of Ireland.

Matt has been a Sinn Féin elected representative since 1999 when he was elected to Carrickmacross Town Council at the age of 21. Matt also served as a member of Monaghan County Council from 2004-2014, being successfully elected on three occasions. He was elected as Mayor of County Monaghan for the 2008-2009 term. In 2014 Matt was elected to the European Parliament serving on the Economic & Monetary Affairs and Agriculture and Rural Development committees where he was a strong advocate for rural communities and was re-elected as MEP in 2019. In February 2020 Matt was elected to the Dáil for the Cavan Monaghan constituency, securing 16,310 votes – the highest ever received by a candidate in that constituency.

Matt is a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food & the Marine and the Public Accounts Committee. Matt was a founding member of Ógra Shinn Féin, the party’s youth wing, and served as the party's National Organiser.

Discussant:  Dr Niamh Gallagher, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Discussant: Dr Peter Sloman, Associate Professor of British Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

The conversation will be followed by Q&A. To submit questions in advance please email Dr Barry Colfer on

Register to attend on Zoom.

Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00
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