Professor Mary E. Daly is one of Ireland’s most prominent senior historians and is a member of the government’s Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.
She is Professor Emerita of History at University College Dublin and has served for seven years as Principal of the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies. She has also held visiting positions at Harvard, Boston College and the EUI in Fiesole.
Professor Daly served on the National Archives Advisory Council, the Irish Manuscripts Commission and
the Higher Education Authority.
In 2015 she was appointed as a member of the Commission to Inquire into Mother and Baby Homes.
Elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1991, she served as Secretary of the RIA from 2000 to 2004 and was the first woman elected as President of the Royal Irish Academy, 2014-17.
Over the course of her distinguished career Professor Daly has published prolifically notably: Dublin the Deposed Capital: a Social and Economic History 1860-1914 (1984, reprinted 2011); Women and Work in Ireland (1997); The Slow Failure: Population Decline and Independent Ireland , 1920-1973 (2006); with Margaret O’Callaghan, 1916 in 1966. Commemorating the Easter Rising (2007); with Theo Hoppen, Gladstone: Ireland and Beyond (2011)
Her most recent publications include Sixties Ireland. Reshaping the Economy, State and Society, 1957-1973 (2016); and with Eugenio Biagini, The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland since 1740 (2017).