Event 44

Mitchel McLaughlin, Jeffrey Donaldson and Ronan Fanning

The Commemoration Debate

Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage

As 2016 approaches, how should we look back at the 1916 Rising and the Battle of the Somme? Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Mitchel McLaughlin and DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson offer personal perspectives on the issues involved as individuals from different traditions, while UCD Emeritus Professor Ronan Fanning (Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution, 1910–22) discusses his controversial observation that we should ‘unashamedly celebrate’ the 1916 Rising.

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