Dennis Kennedy, b, Lisburn County Antrim,1936, was educated at Wallace High School, Queen's University, Belfast, and later at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently worked in the news media in the United States and in Ethiopia before returning to Ireland in 1968 and joining the Irish Times. His seventeen years with The Irish Times included successively the positions of European Editor, Assistant Editor and, finally, Deputy Editor. In 1985 he joined the staff of the European Commission where he served as head of its Northern Ireland Office until 1991. Since 1993 he has been on the staff of Queen's University, Belfast, as a lecturer in the Institute of European Studies. Publications include The Widening Gulf, (Blackstaff Press, 1988) and Living with the European Union; the Northern Ireland Experience, (Macmillan, 2000). ). He edited Forging an Identity. Ireland at the Millennium: the Evolution of a Concept, published by the Irish Association, 2000, based on its 1999 annual conference.