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The Henry Grattan Lecture Series

Minister Rostowski lecture

Deputy Prime Minister Jan Vincent Rostowski addresses Roadmap for recovery in the post-crisis Europe: Cohesion or Division?

The Henry Grattan Lecture Series – a flagship initiative of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy – plays an important role in enabling Trinity to engage with society and in ensuring that leading academics and policy makers from around the world are publicly accessible.

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

Upcoming Speakers

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Previous Speakers

The following speakers have previously delivered a Henry Grattan public lecture:

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About Henry Grattan

Grattan StatueThe 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 for 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.

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Last updated 13 June 2014 .