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Posted 12 March 2009

Maurice Manning elected Chancellor of NUI

UCD Adjunct Professor of Politics, Maurice Manning was today (12 March 2009) elected the fifth Chancellor of the National University of Ireland.  He succeeds former UCD colleague Dr Garret Fitzgerald in this role. Maurice lectured in Politics at UCD for over 30 years before leaving to become the first President of the Irish Human Rights Commission, a post which he still holds. Commenting on today’s outcome, UCD President Dr Hugh Brady said, “On behalf of everyone at UCD, I would like to congratulate Maurice on his election to the post of NUI Chancellor and to wish him every success in this new role”.


Maurice Manning, BA, MA, DLitt

Maurice Manning is the President of the Irish Human Rights Commission and is Chair of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions.

Dr Manning was born in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, educated at de la Salle Schools Bagenalstown, Rockwell College, University College Dublin and the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Manning is currently a member of the Senate of the NUI, having been elected on the graduate panel in every election since 1982. He served on the Governing Authority of UCD from 1979 to 2008. He spent much of his academic career in the Department of Politics at UCD where he established a reputation for his teaching, his closeness to students and his publications. His publications include five books on modern Irish politics, a political thriller, Betrayal, and numerous articles and academic papers. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD.

Dr Manning has served in both Dail and Seanad Eireann. During that time he was a member of the New Ireland Forum, and the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body. He was both leader of Seanad Eireann and Leader of the Opposition in that House.

He is currently chair of the Publishing Committee of the Institute of Public Administration.

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