Media draw on constitutional law expertise in run up to general election

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Pictured is Dr Jennifer Kavanagh

Pictured is Dr Jennifer Kavanagh

Through knowledge in constitutional law has become indispensable in the run up to the 2020 General Election in light of the loss of one of the candidates

From local radio to national news programmes, the in-depth knowledge of constitutional law held by Dr Jennifer Kavanagh, a lecturer in law at WIT has been in demand.

Dr Kavanagh is a regular commentator on politics and current affairs on national and international media as an expert in Constitutional Law and Electoral Law and is the author of two books.

She has recently published "Constitutional Law in Ireland" with Clarus Press and has previously published “Electoral Law in Ireland” with Bloomsbury Professional.

Tipperary constituency

In particular Dr Kavanagh has been invited on a number of radio stations this week to contribute discussions about the legislation on election with regard to the death of a candidate in the Tipperary constituency, Marese Skehan.

There have been questions over whether the election should be postponed in line with the rules or whether they should continue ahead ignoring the legislation so the constitutional time limit for the return of elected candidates to the next Dáil should be upheld.

The Attorney General has directed that the election should take place to uphold the constitutional provisions but the whole episode highlights the need for a proper electoral commission to be established.

Varadkar mention

Below please find links to a selection of recent coverage. Another noteable moment for Dr Kavanagh is being praised by an interviewee on the Pat Kenny show, none other than Leo Varadkar (listen at 28 minutes in) who says “As is often the case Jennifer is spot on.”

Dr Kavanagh will also be contributing to election coverage on RTE the day of the count.

Links to media coverage

Morning Ireland on RTE

Sean O’Rourke show



Waterford News & Star

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