15 — 18

A United People-A Divided Island?

Saturday 25th

Tailors’ Hall

Tickets: €7.50 (including complimentary glass of wine)

A United People-A Divided Island?

A united Ireland is a contentious issue and rightly so. Our history is steeped in bloodshed and bravery where independence was sought and secured to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. But Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has thrown open the debate on whether a united Ireland is within reach once more.

Brexit has created more questions than answers where Irish and British relations are concerned. What are the consequences for cross-border transactions and free movement between the two countries? And where does it leave Northern Ireland where one of its political parties now forms a coalition with the Conservative Party as the ruling government of Great Britain? Is there an argument for both governments to look at a possibility of a united Ireland or is the matter far too complex for such reasoning? Irish ministers are already eyeing up ways to avoid disruption with a new report suggesting the idea of a ‘virtual border’. It works in the US and Canada, so why not here?

Britain meanwhile, is making efforts to ensure Irish people can easily take up employment and residence in the country. But is this enough or are we on the cusp of talks that could essentially see Ireland emerge as a 32-county entity?

We’ll be joined by two of those who played a role in Northern Ireland’s Peace Talks, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party Mike Nesbitt.

Our host for this timely event will be RTE broadcaster Marian Finucane.

Doors @ 8:00pm