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School of Law and Government
Gary Murphy
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Gary Murphy was born in in Cork City in 1968 and educated by the Christian Brothers at Sullivan's Quay. He later studied at UCC, BA 1990, MA 1992, and took his doctorate under Prof. Eunan O'Halpin in DCU in 1996. He has worked in DCU since 1995 and is now Professor of Politics in the School of Law and Government. He was the Head of the School of Law and Government between 2012 and 2018.

In 2007 Prof. Murphy was appointed DCU's first Dean of Graduate Studies and served in that position until 2011. He is a former editor of Irish Political Studies, the leading journal of political science in Ireland. He was President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland from 2009 to 2012. In 2011-12 he was visiting Fulbright Professor of Politics in the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a Naughton Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2016 and 2019.

He has published extensively on the politics of modern Ireland. In 2016 his book Electoral Competition in Ireland since 1987: the politics of triumph and despair was published by Manchester University Press. It was widely and positively reviewed as a major reinterpretation of modern Ireland over the last three decades. He is also a renowned authority on the regulation of lobbying and is co-author of the book Regulating Lobbying: a global comparison. Originally published in 2010 by Manchester University Press, a second edition was published in 2019.

His work has received considerable external recognition and his research has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the Irish Department of the Environment, and the Fulbright Commission. He has appeared before a number of Irish Parliamentary Committees to speak on lobbying regulation, electoral reform, and parliamentary inquiries and his work has been cited in both Dáil Eireann and Seanad Eireann. His work on lobbying regulation has been presented to the Council of Europe's Venice Commission in Strasbourg, the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee of the House of Commons in the UK, and both the Czech and Scottish parliaments. He acted as an adviser to the Government Reform Unit of the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the introduction of the government's Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. In November 2012 he was appointed by the Irish Minister of the Environment to the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee whose report was published in May 2013 and formed the basis for the Irish local elections of 2014. He has long been a campaigner for the reform of Seanad Eireann and was a leading member of Democracy Matters, the group established in 2013 to campaign for comprehensive Seanad reform and against the Seanad's abolition.

Prof. Murphy appears regularly in the Irish print and broadcast media. He was an analyst for RTE on the 2007, 2011 and 2016 Irish General Elections, the 2011 and 2018 Irish presidential elections, the 2009, 2014 and 2019 local and European elections, the 2010, 2015 and 2017 British general elections and the 2008, 2012 and 2016 US presidential elections. 

He is currently engaged in a long term biographical study of the former Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader Charles J. Haughey which is expected to be published in 2020. 

Research interests

Irish Politics; Interest Group Behaviour; Lobbying Regulation