Part of the Cambridge Future of the Island of Ireland series

After 44 years in Ireland’s diplomatic service, Daniel Mulhall, this year’s Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, will examine the international outlook for Ireland. He will look at the changes in Ireland’s external environment and ask, given the current situation in Northern Ireland, Britain, Europe and America, are we at a reboot or a refresh moment with regard to Ireland’s international horizon? While he will not promise answers, he sees it as vital that we explore the questions that arise for Ireland with regard to its future engagement with Northern Ireland, its relations with Britain, its membership of the EU and its partnership with the USA.


Daniel Mulhall is a retired Irish diplomat, academic and published author. He is the current Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge and is a consultant with the global law firm DLA Piper. He has also been Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.

During his diplomatic career, Mulhall served as Ireland’s Ambassador in Washington (2017-22), London (2013-17), Berlin (2009-13) and Kuala Lumpur (2001-05). He has held senior positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs, including Director General for EU Affairs and Press Counsellor. In 1994-95, he was part of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and was a member of the Irish Government’s delegation at the negotiations that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. He is Honorary President of the Yeats Society (Sligo) and the author or co-editor of three books, the most recent being ‘Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey (2022).’

Daniel will be in discussion with Dr Barry Colfer, Director of Research for the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) think tank in Dublin and co-convenor of the IOI series. Barry holds a PhD and MPhil from the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the IIEA, Barry was Max Weber Fellow at EUI Florence. Barry previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. Prior to this Barry studied at University College Dublin and spent two years in student politics. Barry’s research interests include the politics of European integration and the future of work and the consequences of Brexit for Ireland. Barry is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and has worked at both the Irish and European Parliaments as well as with a number of leading European think tanks.


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