A weekend of political thought and discussion

Friday to Sunday

6-8 September 2019

The Ireland Institute

27 Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Friday 6th September at 7:30 pm

Brexit, Ireland and the EU

Will Podmore - Author of Brexit: the Road to Freedom, British Foreign Policy since 1870 and other books; British trade union activist; Head Librarian, University College of Osteopathy, London.
Dr. Karen Devine - Lecturer in International Relations and specialist in EU affairs, Dublin City University; former Fulbright scholar.


Dr Ray Bassett - Former Irish diplomat and participant in the Northern peace process, author of studies on Brexit and Ireland for the “Politiea” and “Policy Exchange” think-tanks in Britain .
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Saturday 7th September at 11.00 am

1919: A decisive year in World and Irish history

Donal Fallon - Historian and regular contributor to the media on Irish history, society and popular culture; co-founder of the award-winning social history web-site “Come Here to Me”, a selection from which has been published by New Island Books; author of biography of John MacBride in the “16 Lives” series.
Ruán O’Donnell - Historian, University of Limerick, authority on Irish republicanism; author of numerous books, including “Patrick Pearse” in the “16 Lives” series of which he was commissioning editor for the O’Brien Press..


Catriona Crowe - Ireland’s premier archivist; former head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland and manager of the Irish Census Online Project; contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters; member of the Royal Irish Academy.
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Saturday 7th September at 2.30 pm

The years 1969/1970 as an historical turning-point North and South

Owen Bennett - Writer and political analyst, Desmond Greaves School Committee.
Eoin O Murchú - Former political editor, Raidió na Gaeltachta; longtime campaigner for Irish sovereignty.


Louise O’Reilly TD - Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Fingal since 2016, formerly trade union organiser with SIPTU.
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Sunday 8th September at 11.00 am

History and politics of the climate change crisis in Ireland

Patricia McKenna - Former Green Party MEP for Dublin; plaintiff in her 1995 constitutional action before the Supreme Court which established that it was wrong of the Government to spend public money in a one-sided fashion in referendums; now a practising barrister.
Professor John Sweeney - Maynooth University Geography Department; author of scientific papers and books on climatology and climate change in Ireland; contributor to reports of the UN Intergovern-mental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007; President of An Taisce, the National Trust of Ireland.


Michael Quinn, - Author of Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991 (Iontas Press, Maynooth 2017); interested in Desmond Greaves’s views and writings on ecology).
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Sunday 8th September at 2.30 pm

EU Militarization v Irish neutrality

Clare Daly MEP - Former TD for Dublin North; recently elected independent MEP for Dublin; longtime campaigner on peace issues.
Niall Farrell - Peace activist, Galway Alliance Against War.


Joe Murray - Coordinator Afri (Action from Ireland), concerned with human rights, peace, global justice and sustainability issues.
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