By Kevin Rafter (Dublin City University)
Some years ago when writing a biography of Martin Mansergh – then a backroom political adviser – I had the opportunity to interview Fr Alec Reid, the Redemptorist priest who was a central player in the Irish peace process, and whose funeral took place this week.
Declaration of interest: The author is the research director of the Irish Constitutional Convention
The Irish Constitutional Convention has almost completed its work. At its most recent meeting it dealt with the last of the eight topics assigned to it by the Government. All that remains is for the Convention to use its remaining time to consider ‘Any other Amendments’ — the focus of its final meetings early in the New Year.
On its establishment, the Convention was roundly criticised, with much of the criticism focused on the limited (and admitedly pretty eclectic) range of topics that it was given to consider. Over the course of its deliberations minds have changed and many who were critical of it are less so today (see here for an example).
This post updates on an earlier analysis (see here) of the progress of the Convention to date. Continue reading
Posted by David Farrell (November 12, 2010)
UCD’s John Hume Institute will be hosting a one day conference on the 17th November looking at the opportunity for change created by the Agreement Generation, those raised with the peace process and the 1998 Agreement. The peace process, the passage of time and generations with different frames of reference, have all provided space to reframe the political agendas and the various relationships between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. But have there been changes and are the opportunities being seized?
The conference aims to give a voice to the Agreement Generation. It will show their current contribution, as well as attempt to identify how space can be created for their perspectives, and how they can be stakeholders in the future of Northern Irish, Irish and all Island politics.
The conference will incorporate the academic, cultural, policy and political perspectives on the opportunity for change. The line up includes party political members, civil society, academics, business people and students. More information available here.
To register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org