Seminar on 1918 General Election

The Seminar on the 1918 General Election took place on Saturday 15 December 2018 at Wynn’s Hotel, Middle Abbey St., Dublin. This was a full day seminar.

The speakers were John Bruton, Bertie Ahern, Dr. Elaine Callinan, Prof Brian Walker, Prof Michael Laffan, Dermot Meleady, Prof. Frank Barry, Dr. Joseph Quinn.

Chairman: Mr. Felix Larkin. The Seminar was opened by Mr. Seán O’Fearghail, Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann (Ireland’s Lower House of Parliament).

Videos of the seminar are available at YouTube. You can also view our previous videos there. Speeches and presentations on other topics are also available on our YouTube Channel, and on Soundcloud.

The recent RTÉ programme, Election ’18 will also be of interest. Available until Sunday 13 January 2019.

Seminar on the 1918 General Election, chaired by Felix Larkin

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