Dr Coleman A. Dennehy, a historian at the University of Limerick, was recently interviewed about his book The Irish Parliament, 1613–89: The Evolution of a Colonial Institution (2019), published by Manchester University Press.
“This book seeks to highlight the role that parliament played in the state and also how it interacted with the other components of the state.
“Rather than concentrating on high-constitutional matters such as the status of the Irish parliament in relation to the crown or the English parliament, this book instead illustrates what everyday events, procedures and processes tell us what these relationships and statuses were when the great orators and political pamphleteers weren’t looking.”
Dr Coleman Dennehy has taught at University College London, and has spent time in recent years teaching at the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna. An IRC Marie Skłodowska Curie fellow, he spent part of 2017 as a visiting researcher at Das Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt. He is the Reviews Editor for Parlements, États & Représentation, is 2nd Secretary-General of the International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions, and is also a Councillor of the Irish Legal History Society.