On Monday (Jan. 11), the Royal Irish Academy and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs are launching the ARINS Project, an initiative that brings together leading experts from Ireland and abroad to consider the most challenging policy issues now being debated throughout the island of Ireland.
ARINS, or Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South, is being launched against the backdrop of Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, which took full effect on Jan. 1. Brexit has created both a sense of urgency and opportunity regarding relationships within Ireland and between the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom.
Research questions to be explored as part of the ARINS Project range from constitutional and institutional issues to options for economic, fiscal and social policy. Relations within Northern Ireland, across the island of Ireland, and between Ireland and Britain will all be assessed.
This new partnership enables the RIA and Keough-Naughton Institute to jointly conduct and commission rigorous, nonpartisan and independent research by a wide range of scholars in multiple disciplines. In publishing and publicizing that research, the goal is to support respectful debate among politicians, within the media and civil society, and among the general public.
“Research on these matters is not intended to strengthen or weaken any particular aspiration, but rather to foster meaningful debate,” said Patrick Griffin, the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. “Irrespective of how constitutional questions might develop, it is also essential to understand how the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and its institutions might be affected by the uncertainties of this moment. As part of this exercise, it is critical to map interdependencies and connections within and between Northern Ireland, Ireland and the United Kingdom.”
At 7 p.m. local time that day, Fintan O’Toole, an Irish Times columnist, and William Crawley, a BBC commentator, will have an online public conversation on the theme “Northern Ireland after Brexit.” Tickets are free of charge but booking is essential at www.ria.ie.
The Royal Irish Academy discourse program is sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.
Contact: Mary Hendriksen, assistant director, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org