A weekend of political thought and discussion

Friday to Sunday

1-3 September 2023

The Ireland Institute

27 Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Friday 1st September at 7:30 pm

In Defence of the Nation State

Thomas Fazi - Rome-based political analyst, co-author of Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World, 2017, and The Battle for Europe: How an Elite Hijacked a Continent and How We Can Take It Back, 2014.


Dr. Karen Devine - Lecturer in EU policies and politics, DCU; author of numerous articles on Irish international relations, neutrality, gender and education policy; frequent contributor to TV and radio.
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Saturday 2nd September at 11.00 am

The Good Friday Agreement: A Critical Examination

Prof. Patrick Murphy - Saturday columnist with the Irish News; former Director of the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education; author of We Shall Overcome, an early history of the Northern civil rights struggle, published by NICRA in 1978.
Mairin Hurndall - Freelance broadcaster; frequent contributor to the Irish language media; producer of radio documentary Cá Bhfuil an Éire Dhearg?; of East Belfast trade union background.


Dr Catríona Crowe - former head of special projects, National Archives of Ireland; Hon. President, Irish Labour History Society; former President, Women’s History Association of Ireland; writer and broadcaster.
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Saturday 2nd September at 2.30 pm

Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Contemporary Republicanism

Micheál MacDonncha - Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor since 2014; Dublin Lord Mayor 2017- 2018; author of centenary history of Sinn Fein, A Century of Struggle.
Mick O’Reilly - former Irish Secretary of the ATGWU, now UNITE; author of From Lucifer to Lazarus, a Life on the Left; committee member of the Greaves Weekend School.
Éamon Ó Cuiv - TD for Galway West since 1992; former Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil and Government Minister.


Deaglán de Bréadún - political analyst; Irish News columnist; author of five books on public affairs, two in English, three in Irish.
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Sunday 3rd September at 2.30 pm

Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine War

Philip O’Connor - political analyst and historian; regular contributor to the Irish Political Review; authority on Germany.


Catherine Connolly - Independent TD for Galway West; Leas-Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil since 2020 and the first woman to hold this position.
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