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Trinity College Dublin Political Science Alumni

 

graduation photoAs the expanded page on the history of the study of Politics in Trinity College shows, there have been degrees in Political Science at Trinity since the year 1855. The Department of Political Science itself was founded in 1960, and to commemorate the graduation of its first students in 1963 an alumni weekend took place in August 2013 (details here).

We estimate that there have been around 2,000 graduates from undergraduate programmes in Political Science since 1980 alone, and these women and men have gone on to a wide range of lives and careers and have made their mark in many fields. Below, we list just a few of these graduates, giving an indication of the diversity of paths that our graduates follow after leaving Trinity. On separate pages you can find information about graduates from our masters and PhD programmes.

 

Some notable Political Science Alumni (undergraduate) from Trinity College Dublin

Kingsley Aikins (Political Science and Economics, 1974); CEO of Diaspora Matters, formerly Australian-based representative of the Irish Trade Board and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Ireland, founding director of The Australian Ireland Fund and established the Ireland Fund of New Zealand and the Ireland Fund of Japan, awarded CBE for contribution to relations between Ireland and Britain.

Tania Banotti (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1991); Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Advertising Practioners in Ireland, and former chief executive of Screen Producers Ireland.

Robert Barron (BESS, Political Science, 1985); Senior Counsel, Law Library.

Simon Boucher (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1999); CEO at the Irish Management Institute.

John Bowman (History and Political Science, 1970); broadcaster with RTÉ and Irish historian.

Martin Browne (History and Political Science, 1994); headmaster of Glenstal Abbey school, Benedictine monk, and columnist in the Irish Catholic.

Peter Bunting (BESS, Political Science, 1992); Assistant General Secretary for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, with the responsibility of co-ordinating and developing the trade union movement in Northern Ireland, prior to his retirement in 2016.

Dara Calleary (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1996); Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo since 2007 and party spokesperson on Justice.

Caroline Canning (BESS, Political Science, 1985); artist.

Rory Carroll (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1994); USA west coast correspondent and former Latin America correspondent with The Guardian newspaper, author of Commandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela.

Jack Chambers (Law and Political Science, 2013); Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, elected 2016, the youngest member of the 32nd Dáil.

Ross Church (Philosophy and Political Science, 2010); Third Secretary, Dept of Foreign Affairs.

Jonathan Cloonan (BESS, Political Science and Business, 2007); advertising executive, named as one of the Forbes '30 under 30' young innovators and entrepreneurs 2012.

Jonathan Rachel Clynch (BESS, Political Science, 1993); RTÉ reporter.

Oisín Coghlan (BESS, Political Science, 1994); Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland since 2005.

Shane Coleman (BESS, Politics and Economics, 1990); political editor Newstalk and Irish Independent columnist.

Mary Corcoran (BESS, Political Science and Sociology, 1983); Professor of Sociology NUI Maynooth.

Carmel Crimmins (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1999); Financial Services Editor, Americas, at Thomson Reuters.

Teresa Crowley (BESS, Political Science, 1993); Director, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.

Rahul P Dave (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1981); corporate lawyer, Delhi.

Paschal Donohoe (BESS, Political Science, 1996); Minister for Finance since June 2017, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since May 2016, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport from July 2014 to May 2016, Minister of State for European Affairs July 2013 to July 2014, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central since 2011.

Donal Donovan (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1973); member of Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, former deputy director of International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Maria Doyle Kennedy (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1986); screen and TV actor (The Commitments, Father Ted, The Tudors, Downton Abbey and many others), singer, musician, composer.

Gabriel Fagan (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1982); chief economist Central Bank of Ireland 2014–17.

Rachel Fehily (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1990); barrister, family law mediator, playwright and writer.

Nicholas Fitz-Gerald Browne (History and Political Science, 1971); better known as Nicholas Best, writer.

Gerry Foley (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1982); broadcaster, formerly UTV Ireland western correspondent, Political Editor ITV Tyne-Tees Television and reporter on RTÉ television's Today Tonight.

Michael Forbes (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1979); Irish Ambassador to Armenia, Bulgaria and Georgia; former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD, former Irish Ambassador to Israel.

David Gavaghan (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1980); Chair of Visit Belfast, Northern Ireland Chair of Confederation of British Industry, Chief Executive of Belfast's Titanic Quarter 2012–15.

Paul Gillespie (History and Political Science, 1960s); Irish Times columnist and former foreign policy editor.

Brian Goff (BESS, Political Science and Sociology, 1981); co-founder and director Emerald Green Baby Ltd, former managing director of La Croissanterie, co-founder of Insomnia Coffee Company, chairman Clontarf Rugby Club 2011–14.

Will Goodbody (BESS, Political Science, 1999); Science and Technology Correspondent, RTÉ.

Mary Harney (BESS, 1975); TD 1981 to 2011, Tánaiste 1997–2006, former leader of Progressive Democrats and government minister.

Seán Haughey (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1985); Lord Mayor of Dublin 1989–90, Fianna Fáil TD 1992–2011 and from 2016–, and Minister of State 2006–11.

Conor Healy (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1994); Senior Risk Management Officer in the Economics and Policy Group of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group.

Macartan Humphreys (History and Political Science, 1994); Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, New York.

Lorna Jennings (History and Political Science, 2005); managing director at Keating and Associates, public relations.

Darragh Kelly (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1991); stage, screen and TV actor (The House, Judge John Deed, Young Indiana Chronicles, Paths to Freedom and many others).

Nan Kennelly (BESS, Political Science, 1981); Principal Deputy, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US State Department.

Garrett Keogh (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1978); screen, film and TV actor (Raw, East Enders, The Clinic and many others).

Desmond King (BESS, Political Science, 1979); Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Scott LaValla (Philosophy and Political Science, 2011); rugby player Stade Français.

Mark Little (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1990); former managing director of Twitter in Ireland (2016); former CEO of Storyful, former presenter of RTÉ's Prime Time.

Clayton Love (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1986); Managing and Creative Director at Sentrix Global Health Communications Europe.

Fiach MacConghail (BESS, Political Science and Sociology, 1988); Director Abbey Theatre, chairperson of the We The Citizens initiative 2011, member of Seanad Éireann 2011–16.

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic (History and Political Science, 2003); Foreign Affairs correspondent, Irish Times, author of The Supreme Court (2016).

Elizabeth McCullough (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1988); Head of Press Office, Embassy of Ireland, London.

Gail McElroy (History and Political Science, 1994); Professor in Political Science and Head of School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

Kieran McLoughlin (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1988); President and Chief Executive of American Ireland Fund.

Luke McManus (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1994); film director and producer.

Hamish MacRae (Political Science and Economics, 1966); associate editor of The Independent, UK Business and Finance Journalist of the Year 2006.

Nichola Mallon (BESS, Political Science, 2002); SDLP member of Belfast City Council 2010–15, Lord Mayor of Belfast 2014–15, elected MLA for Belfast North May 2016, re-elected with increased vote March 2017.

David Meredith (BESS, Political Science, 1981); Director of the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.

Angie Mezzetti (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1981); Producer at Ocarina Productions, former journalist RTÉ.

Sara Morris (BESS, Political Science, 1989); Head of Public Affairs, National Transport Authority, Dublin.

Oliver Morrissey (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1982); Professor of Development Economics, University of Nottingham.

Ed Mulhall (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1978); Managing Director of RTE News and Current Affairs 2001–12.

Vinay Nair (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 2000); Director of Business Development, Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) and the Social Investment Business (SIB), specialising in philanthropic fundraising.

Simon Nugent (BESS, Political Science, 1987); CEO Private Hospitals Association; former policy advisor to Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte from 2011 until July 2014.

Ruth O'Byrnes (BESS, Political Science and Business, 2002); Account Director, Q4 Public Relations.

Seán Ó Huallacháin (BESS, Political Science, 1982); Senior Counsel, Law Library.

Seán Ó Riain (BESS, Political Science and Sociology, 1990); Professor of Sociology NUI Maynooth.

Averil Power (BESS, Political Science and Business, 2000); CEO of Asthma Society of Ireland; previously Independent Senator (formerly Fianna Fáil) 2011–16 on Industrial and Commercial panel.

Simon Pratt (BESS, Political Science and Business, 1987); managing director of Avoca.

Mario Rosenstock (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1993); actor and comedian (Gift Grub, The Mario Rosenstock Show, The Special One and many others).

Patrick Smyth (BESS, Political Science, 1979); Foreign Editor and Opinion Editor, Irish Times.

Joanne Spain (Philosophy and Political Science, 2002); Sinn Féin economic advisor and novelist.

Dato Albert Talalla (History and Political Science, 1957); former Malaysian Ambassador to the United States.

Fiona Tierney (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1983); CEO at Public Appointments Service.

Robert Walpole (BESS, Political Science and Economics, 1988); film producer (eg I Went Down), co-founder of Treasure Films, winner of an IFTA award 2010 for The Eclipse.

Alex White (BESS, Political Science, 1981); Senior Counsel, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from July 2014 to May 2016, runner-up in Labour Party leadership election July 2014, Minister of State in the Department of Health October 2012 to July 2014, Labour TD for Dublin South 2011–16, former radio and television producer at RTÉ.

Stephen White (Political Science and Modern History, 1967); James Bryce Professor of Politics at University of Glasgow, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Politics in Moscow, Fellow of the British Academy, the most prolific author on Russian and Soviet themes in these islands.


Note: The information in this page is based on the most recent information available to us. The department would be pleased to hear of any updates, amendments, or notable omissions, as well as any news about alumni; please send these to the department's Executive Officer at polsci@tcd.ie, phone: +353 1 896 1651.

 

Last updated 15 June, 2017 3:39 PM


Last updated 15 June 2017 polsci@tcd.ie.