Unexpectedly a Republic
A panel discussion on the 70th anniversary of Ireland becoming a republic.
Addressing questions like - Why did Ireland become a republic in 1949? Was it deliberately planned in advance? What impact did it have on Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Anglo-Irish relationship? Was the change real or symbolic? Is it a significant anniversary and should it be commemorated nationally? If so, how?
Opening remarks by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD
With contributions from: Caroline Costello (Court of Appeal Judge and grand-daughter of John A Costello).
- David McCullagh (RTE) Chair
- Senator Ivana Bacik (Trinity College Dublin)
- Ciara Meehan (University of Hertfordshire)
- Ronan McGreevy (Irish Times)
- Maurice Fitzpatrick (author and film-maker)
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