A weekend of political thought and discussion

Friday to Sunday

8-10 September 2017

The Ireland Institute

27 Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Friday 8th September at 7:30 pm

The impact of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution on the foreign policy of Irish Labour and the First Dáil Éireann, 1918-21

Irish and Soviet political and diplomatic exchanges 1919-1922
Michael Quinn - Author of Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991(Iontas Press, Maynooth, 2017).
Irish Labour and the October Revolution
Emmett O’Connor - Ulster University, author of numerous books and articles on Labour history.


Mick O’Reilly - Former Regional Secretary, UNITE Trade Union.
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Saturday 9th September at 11.00 am

Northern Civil Rights Movement – a missed opportunity?

The 1960s background to a new departure
Anthony Coughlan - Was present at the foundation meeting of the NICRA and the 1968 civil rights marches.
The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA)
Kevin McCorry - Organizer for the NICRA from 1969 to 1975.


Deaglán de Bréadún - Author, broadcaster and columnist withThe Irish News, Belfast.
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Saturday 9th September at 2.30 pm

Northern Civil Rights Movement - its relevance today

Dr. Martin Mansergh - Historian, former TD, Senator and Taoiseach’s adviser, played a key role in the Northern Peace Process and the lead-up to the Good Friday Agreement.
Professor Patrick Murphy - Educationist, member of several public bodies in Northern Ireland and Britain, former member of the NICRA, weekly columnist on current affairs in The Irish News.


Roger Kelly - Former senior social worker; member of the Belfast-based Campaign for Democracy in the 1990s; active in the retiree branch of NIPSA.
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Sunday 10th September at 11.00 am

The conflict in Syria, the mainstream media and Russia – a saga of lies and propaganda

Vanessa Beeley - Investigative journalist focused on the Middle East; critic of media coverage of the Syrian conflict; author of influential reports from Aleppo when it was under siege.


Roger Cole - Chairman, Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA).
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Sunday 10th September at 2.30 pm

The challenge of Brexit

Dr Karen Devine - Lecturer in International Relations and specialist in EU affairs, Dublin City University; former Fulbright scholar.
Lynn Boylan - MEP for Dublin, Sinn Fein.
Brian Denny - Official in the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT), advocate of Brexit in the British Labour Party.


David Gibney - Communications Officer, MANDATE Trade Union.
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