A weekend of political thought and discussion

Friday to Sunday

9-11 September 2016

The Ireland Institute

27 Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Friday 9th September at 7:30 pm

The 1916 centenary – a critical look

Sovereignty and the 1916 commemorations: revolution or conservatism?
Finbar Cullen - former Director, The Ireland Institute;founding member of After the Rising, Beyond 2016, a new project for democracy, sovereignty and independence.
The challenge of the centenary to historians
Ruan O’Donnell - historian,University of Limerick; joint editor of the 16 Lives series on the 1916 leaders and author of the biography of Patrick Pearse in the series.


Mary McAuliffe - Lecturer in Gender Studies and Social Justice, UCD; co-author of Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising.
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Saturday 10th September at 11.00 am

The unfettered control of Irish destinies?

Why Brexit should be accompanied by Irexit
Anthony Coughlan - The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre.
The Peace Process and reuniting Ireland
Owen Bennett - writer and political analyst, Greaves School Committee.


Thomas Pringle - Independent TD for Donegal.
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Saturday 10th September at 2.30 pm

The ideology of 1916 and its continuing relevance

Professor Priscilla Metscher - University of Oldenburg, author of Republicanism and Socialism in Ireland: from Wolfe Tone to James Connolly.
Dr Jeffrey Leddin - author of thesis on the Irish Citizen Army.


Frank Keoghan - The People's Movement.
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Sunday 11th September at 11.00 am

Equal opportunities for all its citizens?

The Labour movement and the struggle for equality
Therese Moriarty - author of many studies of Irish trade unionism in the early 20th century.
The women’s movement
Mary Cullen - historian, author of Telling It Our Way: Essays in Gender History.


Kevin McCorry - Director, Greaves Weekend School.
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Sunday 11th September at 2.30 pm

The right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland?

Taking back control?: Irish and European Democracy in the context of the EU crisis
Andy Storey - Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations,UCD; board member of Afri.
The ownership of Ireland: what does this mean and how do we get there?
Gareth Murphy - Trade Union Left Forum; writer on debt, the economy, the EU and the struggle for socialism today.
Ireland in the world today
Karen Devine - Lecturer in International Relations, DCU.


Mick O’Reilly - former Regional Secretary, UNITE Trade Union.
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