Reform Group Seminar (15 October 2016)

Mr John Bruton, former taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland and former European Union ambassador to the United States of America

Mr Frank Callanan S.C. (author of the Parnell split and T.M. Healy)

Mr Dermot Meleady (author of two volumes on the life of John Redmond)

Mr Tom Carew (local historian)

Chairman: Mr Felix Larkin

Forgotten Patriots seminar available on iTunes along with other talks, and available on SoundCloud

We must acknowledge British soldiers killed in the Rising

Republic owes it itself to engage with history in all of its complexity and nuance

As many as 125 soldiers of the British army died during the Easter Rising. They came from every part of Ireland, as well as England,Wales, Scotland and further afield. Men from Kilkenny and Armagh fought alongside those from Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.

Image: Grangegorman Military Cemetary, Dublin

Diljit Rana urges Republic to consider rejoining Commonwealth

Ronan McGreevy – Irish Times – 17 April 2015

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said.

Speaking at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, Indian-born entrepreneur Lord Diljit Rana said any debate must not be “governed by historical distortion, but rather recognise the truth of today and recognise that the Republic of Ireland has much to offer and lots to receive.”

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> Lord Rana’s “Commonwealth plea to Republic”

John Redmond … a life of service to Ireland

Given that this country is organised as a parliamentary democracy, one of the oldest surviving ones in Europe, and hopes to remain so, I argue most strongly that it is important to highlight, and celebrate, centenaries of parliamentary achievements, from the 1913 to 1923 period.

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