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ARINS has commissioned over 20 articles to date. They will appear in Irish Studies in International Affairs monthly and will be available open access. Articles commissioned appear below with the link to article becoming live once published. Our partner projects are listed below and we invite you to make contact if you are interested in submitting an abstract for a paper or to talk to us about a collaboration.

The journal is hosted by JSTOR and the links below will take you to the article.

Irish Studies in International Affairs

Editorial: Introducing ARINS—Analysing and Researching Ireland, North and South (pp. vii-xvii)
John Doyle, Cathy Gormley-Heenan and Patrick Griffin

Getting Ready: The Need to Prepare for a Referendum on Reunification (pp. 1-38)
Brendan O'Leary

Response: The Hermeneutics of the Good Friday Agreement: A Response to 'Getting Ready', by Brendan O'Leary (pp. 39-43) Christopher McCrudden

Response: On the Sanctity of Borders: A Response to 'Getting Ready', by Brendan O'Leary (pp. 44-46) Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Reply: A Reply (pp. 47-51) Brendan O'Leary

Unionism, Identity and Irish Unity: Paradigms, Problems and Paradoxes (pp. 53-77)
Jennifer Todd

Response: Traditions, Lives and New Identities in a Dynamic Political Landscape: A Response to 'Unionism, Identity and Irish Unity: Paradigms, Problems and Paradoxes' by Jennifer Todd (pp. 78-81)
Máire Braniff

The Good Friday Agreement and a United Ireland (pp. 83-110)
Rory Montgomery

Response: Configuring Irish Unification Processes: A Response to 'The Good Friday Agreement and a United Ireland', by Rory Montgomery (pp. 111-114)
Oran Doyle

Reply: A Reply (pp. 115-116)
Rory Montgomery

Cross-Border Cooperation Health in Ireland (pp. 117-136)
Deirdre Heenan

Response: A Crowded Stage: A Response to 'Cross-Border Cooperation Health in Ireland', by Deirdre Heenan (pp. 137-141)
Anne Matthews

Who is Better off? Measuring Cross-border Differences in Living Standards, Opportunities and Quality of Life on the Island of Ireland (pp. 143-160)
Adele Bergin and Seamus McGuinness

Response: Thoughts on Quality of Life, North and South: A Response to ‘Who is Better off’ By Adele Bergin and Seamus McGuinness (pp. 161-163)
John FitzGerald

Reply: A Reply (pp. 164-165)
Adele Bergin and Seamus McGuinness

Forthcoming papers

  • Unionist responses to the new debate on constitutional futures.

    Author: Duncan Morrow (Ulster University)

  • The Northern Ireland subvention.

    Author: John Doyle (Dublin City University)

  • Gender & equality: Changing views of the south in Northern Ireland, following the recent referendums.

    Author: Eileen Connolly (Dublin City University).

  • The role of citizens assemblies in facilitating public debate: lessons for the existing research.

    Author: Jane Suiter (Dublin City University).

  • British Irish intergovernmental cooperation.

    Author: Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin).

  • Brexit & the Northern Ireland protocol.

    Author: Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast).

  • Referendum process.

    Author: Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast).

  • British-Irish interdependencies.

    Author: Peter Shirlow (University of Liverpool).

  • A comparative analysis of labour markets, skills and productivity levels, north and south

    Author: John Fitzgerald (The Economic & Social Research Institute).

  • Comparison of benefits levels & costs, north & south, current plans and trends.

    Author: Ciara Fitzpatrick & Charles O’Sullivan (Ulster University).

  • Northern Ireland & the Republic in film: conflict & peace

    Author: Pat Brereton (Dublin City University).

  • Ireland and its peoples: A left ethical perspective on Ireland’s futures.

    Author: Liam Kennedy (Queen’s University Belfast).

  • Comparative health policy / outcomes – a preliminary mapping of issues

    Author: Anne Mathews (Dublin City University).

  • The return of the border as an object of literary and historiographical interest

    Author: Eugene McNulty (Dublin City University).

  • Implications for the Irish language.

    Author: Brian O Conchubhair, (University of Notre Dame).

ARINS Partner Projects

The Future of Cross Border Cooperation in the Arts

Project Leads: Ruth Hegarty (Royal Irish Academy) & Catherine Wilsdon (University of Notre Dame)
Funders: Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund,  Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and the Royal Irish Academy.

Thirty Years After: Comparing German Reunification with Possible Irish Reunification

Project Leads: Brendan O’Leary (University of Pennsylvania) & Patrick Griffin (University of Notre Dame)
Funders: Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and applications pending for other funding.

Giving Voice to Diversity: Plural Perspectives on Constitutional Change

Project Leads: Jennifer Todd (University College Dublin), Joanne McEvoy (University of Aberdeen), Dawn Walsh (University College Dublin)
Funders: Department of Foreign Affairs, Reconciliation Fund; Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

Gendering Constitutional Debates in Northern Ireland: The Case of Irish Unification

Project Leads: Fidelma Ashe (Ulster University) and Eilish Rooney (Ulster University).
Funder: Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Constitutional Conversations: Gendering Cross-border Debates on the Question of Irish Unification

Project Leads: Fidelma Ashe (Ulster University) and Eilish Rooney (Ulster University).
Funder: Department of Foreign Affairs, Reconciliation Fund

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