Deirdre is a Research Associate on Strand 3 of the MEITS project, which explores sociolinguistic perspectives of multilingualism, focusing particularly on issues of identity, diversity and social cohesion in Northern Ireland. Deirdre’s research focuses on perceptions of Irish among learners of the language in Northern Ireland, with a particular interest in concepts of identity and how the language can be used for social cohesion in a traditionally divided society. Her research focuses on aspects of language policy, language attitudes and linguistic landscapes as methods of exploring issues of identity and community. Deirdre completed her BA in University College Cork, and her MPhil and PhD in Trinity College, Dublin. Her PhD research focussed on Linguistic Landscapes in border areas of the three historic autonomous communities in Spain.