Eunan O’Halpin is Bank of Ireland Professor of Contemporary
Irish History, and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Irish
History at Trinity College Dublin. He was previously Professor
of Government at Dublin City University (1998-2000).
Educated at University College Dublin (BA, 1975; MA, 1978) and
the University of Cambridge (PhD, 1982), he has written widely
on aspects of 20th Irish and British history and politics. His
major works are The Decline of the Union: British Government in
Ireland, 1892-1920 (Dublin/Syracuse, 1987), Head of the Civil
Service: a Study of Sir Warren Fisher (London, 1989), Defending
Ireland: the Irish State and its Enemies since 1922 (Oxford,
1999), (with Michael Kennedy) Ireland and the Council of Europe:
from Isolation towards Integration (Strasbourg, 2000) and Spying
on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the
Second World War (Oxford, 2008), together with some eighty
articles and book chapters. His next major work, The Dead of the
Irish Revolution, 1916-1921: the fallen and their killers, will
be published by Yale University Press in 2015. He is preparing
studies on Afghanistan during the Second World War, and on
intelligence and Anglo-Irish relations during the Northern
Ireland Troubles, 1965-1998.
A frequent contributor on historical issues and current affairs
on Irish and British radio and television, he recently presented
a controversial two part TV3 documentary, In the Name of the
Republic, dealing with the problem of people secretly killed and
buried by the IRA during the independence struggle.
He is an elected Member (2003) of the Royal Irish Academy and a
Fellow (2003) of Trinity College Dublin. In 2012 he was Visiting
Fellow in the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies at
Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India.