Politics and International Relations


Jane's research focuses in broad terms on policy-making processes within the European Union and how adaptation to EU governance affects domestic policy actors of EU member states and how they engage with EU policies. Jane has written widely on Ireland’s adaptation to EU membership in this context. As well as teaching modules on EU politics and the politics of the UK’s exit from the EU across all levels within the School of Politics and International Relations, Jane is currently working on a research project focusing on the pedagogy of the EU and Brexit at a time of uncertainty and flux.

Jane previously worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the EU-funded Research Project 'Organising for European Union Enlargement' under the directorship of Professor Brigid Laffan (formerly of University College Dublin, now Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence), as well as a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, an MPhil and a BA in European Studies from University College Cork, Ireland. She also holds a PGCHE and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Expertise: EU politics Governance Country Expertise: Ireland

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O'Mahony, J. (2009). Ireland's EU Referendum Experience. Irish Political Studies [Online] 24:429-446. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07907180903274727.
O'Mahony, J. and Laffan, B. (2008). 'Bringing Politics Back In'. Domestic Conflict and the Negotiated Implementation of EU Nature Conservation Legislation in Ireland'. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning [Online] 10:175-197. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15239080801928428.
O'Mahony, J. (2007). 'Europeanisation as Implementation': The Impact of the EU on Environmental Policy Making in Ireland. Irish Political Studies [Online] 22:265-285. Available at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?content=10.1080/01629770701526995.
O'Mahony, J. and Laffan, B. (2007). Managing Europe from an Irish perspective: critical junctures and the increasing formalization of the core executive in Ireland. Public Administration [Online] 85:167-188. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2007.00640.x.
Book section
O'Mahony, J. (2012). When Europe Hits Home: Government and the EU. in: O'Malley, E. and MacCarthaigh, M. eds. Governing Ireland: From Cabinet Government to Delegated Governance. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. Available at: http://www.ipa.ie/index.php?p=product&id=248&prodid=262.
O'Mahony, J. and Laffan, B. (2011). The Governance of the Environment: Handling the Waste Mountain. in: Hardiman, N. ed. Irish Governance in Crisis. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
O'Mahony, J. (2010). Ireland's EU Referendum Experience: Populism and Elite Withdrawal. in: Hayward, K. and Murphy, M. C. eds. The Europeanisation of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South. London: Routledge, pp. 13-30.
O'Mahony, J. (2004). Ireland and the European Union: a less certain relationship? in: Collins, N. and Cradden, T. eds. Political Issues in Ireland Today. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, pp. 15-33.
O'Mahony, J. (2015). Visions of EU Reform - The Irish Perspective. Parliament UK. Available at: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/european-union-committee/visions-of-eu-reform/written/25243.pdf.
Laffan, B. and O'Mahony, J. (2007). The Governance of the Environment in Ireland. Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. Available at: http://geary.ucd.ie/images/Publications/WorkingPapers/gearywp200738.pdf.
O'Mahony, J. and Laffan, B. (2008). Ireland and the European Union. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/PRODUCTS/title.aspx?PID=270923.
Internet publication
O'Mahony, J. (2016). Don't forget the deal: How Cameron's UK-EU settlement could herald a more flexible EU [Internet]. Available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/dont-forget-the-deal-how-camerons-uk-eu-settlement-could-herald-a-more-flexible-eu/.
Total publications in KAR: 12 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Jane’s research interests focus on:

• The pedagogy of the EU and Brexit at a time of uncertainty and change
• European Union-member state relations and EU governance processes
• Irish politics and public administration in a comparative context

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