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On 23 June 2016, the British public will vote on whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain within the European Union. The referendum will take place in the midst of the centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising in Dublin in April 1916 and the Battle of the Somme in France in July 1916, and the more recent 18 year anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This discussion will explore the possible political, cultural and social implications for Ireland (North and South) and Scotland of the UK supporting its departure from the European Union.

BREXIT and the British-Irish Relations: A Balance Sheet

  • Dr Etain Tannam (Lecturer in International Peace Studies, School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, TCD) will explore some of the extreme arguments for and against BREXIT and the possible impact on British-Irish relations, Scottish nationalism and the knock-on effects for Northern Ireland.

Another Fine Mess?

Unforeseen Consequences

  • Almost two decades on from the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, Professor Gerald Dawe (Director of MPhil in Creative Writing, School of English, TCD) will reflect on the long journey towards peace and how this could be jeopardised by the use of language in debating BREXIT, by both sides.

For a full news story on this event, please click here

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