Politics of Identity - V: Being Irish

Government and Opposition 39(3), 504-520.

Ciarán O’Kelly


June 14, 2004

The paper is available here.

This article is one of a series commissioned by Government and Opposition exploring identity politics in several national and international contexts. Though ostensibly a civic republic, Ireland has been shaped by a certain conception of Irish culture. Cultural claims are typically political but have the potential to allow community interests to override concern for individual well-being. The construction of the Irish state focused on the maintenance of an idea of being Irish rather than on the welfare of people throughout Ireland, both North and South. As a result, a conservative formulation of Irish identity was locked into the state’s structures.


BibTeX citation:
  author = {O’Kelly, Ciarán},
  title = {Politics of {Identity} - {V:} {Being} {Irish}},
  journal = {Government and Opposition},
  volume = {39},
  number = {3},
  pages = {504-520},
  date = {2004-06-14},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2004.00132.x},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
O’Kelly, Ciarán. 2004. “Politics of Identity - V: Being Irish.” Government and Opposition 39 (3): 504–20. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2004.00132.x.