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The Henry Grattan Lecture Series

grattan statueThe Policy Institute is launching a series of lectures to celebrate the memory of Henry Grattan. The aim of the lectures is to promote informed and non-partisan debate which offers new ideas to decision-makers and opinion-formers on long-term social, political and economic challenges.

Lectures are open to the public and there is no charge to attend.


The following speakers have been confirmed for the 2011 lecture series.

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About Henry Grattan

The Right Hon. Henry Grattan (1746-1820) is a celebrated graduate of Trinity College Dublin. As a member of the Irish House of Commons, commonly described as Grattan’s Parliament, he was a strenuous and determined campaigner of constitutional and political rights.

Grattan retired from the House of Commons (now the Bank of Ireland) in 1797 in protest over his proposed political reforms being ignored. He was convinced that in the absence of vital and fundamental reform, Ireland was drifting towards rebellion. In his 24-page “Letter to the citizens of Dublin”, Grattan explained his dramatic decision. In order to “save the country”, he wrote, it was “absolutely necessary to reform the state”. The “continuation of the old system” would lead to Ireland’s downfall because the people no longer had confidence in parliament. Grattan returned to parliament to voice his opposition against the Act of Union 1801 and continued to advocate for political reform and crusade against corruption until his death in 1820.

Contact Us

For additional information or if you wish to register for a Henry Grattan Lecture in advance please contact Patricia Lyons at:

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Last updated 13 June 2014 .