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    Interpretation of a United Ireland

    • 17 Nov 2020 to 17 Nov 2020
    • Politics and International Relations Society

    Event Description

    We all know what a United Ireland would mean, right? Or do we? The status of Northern Ireland has long been a dominant issue in politics on this island. In the most recent general elections in the Republic, Sinn Féin, who have long advocated for a vote on the subject, took the largest share of the popular vote. Join us on Tuesday the 17th at 4pm as we analyse the foundations of a hypothetical unification. Links to the event will be sent by email later the week. Even as the possibility of reunification growing closer, people have incredibly diverse ideas of what exactly it would involve. With a referendum on the matter a very real possibility in the coming years, the questions of what exactly is the proposal for United Ireland, and how it would function, are critical, perhaps now more than ever. Our panel of academics and experts will offer their expertise and provide insight on a range of topics, from the mechanics of the referendum itself to the required changes to public policy should a vote succeed. Working from a neutral and observational perspective, we will explore what frameworks have already been put in place and how such a change could be enacted, in terms of politics, economics & law. ------------------------ Speakers: Dr Paul Gillespie is the Deputy Director of the Institute of British-Irish Studies at UCD and a former foreign policy editor at the Irish Times. He currently writes a regular column in the Irish Times entitled ‘World View’. Dr Dawn Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD who is also involved with the Institute of British-Irish Studies. She has conductive extensive research on power-sharing institutions, conflict resolutions and post-conflict issues. Mr Alan Whysall is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Constitution Unit at University College London. Previously he was involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process as a senior British civil servant in the Northern Ireland Office.