Department of Government and Politics
UCC Online Jean Monnet Lecture Series
The EU and the Dangers of Disinformation, Dark Money and Dirty Politics
Peter Geoghegan, Writer and Journalist
Neale Richmond TD
3–4.15pm Thursday 22nd April 2021
This month’s UCC Jean Monnet Lecture will explore the impact of disinformation, dark money and dirty politics on national and EU politics and political systems. Peter Geoghegan, author of Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics, will discuss the link between ‘dark money’ and disinformation, and speak about its impact on the UK’s Brexit referendum campaign and on the process of the UK’s exit process from the EU. Neale Richmond TD will discuss the challenges of limiting and containing the influence of disinformation groups, and will speak, in particular, about his efforts to confront the attempts of the pro-Brexit campaign group, Leave.eu, to migrate the registered office for its website to Ireland in order to retain its ‘.eu’ internet address.
Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer, broadcaster and investigations editor at the award-winning news website openDemocracy. He led openDemocracy's investigations into dark money in British politics that were nominated for a 2019 British Journalism award and the Paul Foot award. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and many other publications. His last book, Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics was published last August and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Neale Richmond is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Rathdown and party spokesperson on European Affairs. He has previously served as a County Councillor, Leader of the Irish delegation in the Committee of the Regions and as a Senator where he Chaired the Brexit Committee. A graduate of UCD (BA History, MA Politics), he has a professional background as a Parliamentary Assistant and Project Manager.
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