Scotland shows 1916 Rising a mistake, says John Bruton

Ireland could have taken same ‘peaceful path’ to independence with Home Rule

Stephen Collins – Irish Times, 18 Sep 2014

Ireland could have followed the same peaceful path towards independence that Scotland is considering today, according to former taoiseach John Bruton.
In a speech today on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Home Rule Bill into law (September 18th, 1914), Mr Bruton pointed to the way the referendum on independence for Scotland had come about.

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Reform Group Seminar 18 September 2014

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Embassy marks centenary of 1914 Home Rule Act


An event to mark the centenary of the Home Rule Act took place in the Embassy with a distinguished audience of parliamentarians, academics, officials, business, community and cultural representatives, and media. The panel of expert guest speakers from Ireland and Britain included former Taoiseach John Bruton, Lord Paul Bew, Professor Michael Laffan and Professor Richard Toye and was chaired by broadcaster Fergal Keane.

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> Broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturday 5 July

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Kenny and Cameron make ‘poignant’ joint visit to WWI sites

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described his visit, alongside the British Prime Minister David Cameron, to a series of Irish and British World War I memorials in Flanders as “poignant and powerful”.

During a carefully balanced schedule, the two prime ministers spent three hours visiting the most solemn and symbolically important World War I sites, with both men acknowledging the sacrifice of the war dead from the other’s country.

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> Read letter in Irish Times

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Irish and British agree economic master plan for closer integration

Colm Kelpie, Irish Independent – 18 July 2013

The Irish and British governments are poised to unveil an economic master plan designed to deepen integration between the two countries.

A study, commissioned by both governments, outlines a range of proposals in which Dublin and London would collaborate, including joint Irish and UK trade missions, boosting electrical interconnection and a common tourist visa for both countries.

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> Anglo-Irish Co-operation Strengthens

Seminar on the History of the RIC, 7 September 2013

optimized-ric_horse_badgeThe Reform Group seminar on the history of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Time and date: Saturday, 7 September 2013, at 2.00 pm.

Venue: Wynn’s Hotel, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin.

Opened by Pascal Donohoe TD, Minister of State for European Affairs, and chaired by Dermot Meleady, author of Redmond: the Parnellite.

Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin.
Jim Herlihy, retired member of An Garda Síochána, who has written a history of the RIC.
Jim McDonald, historian from Belfast, and member of the George Cross Foundation.
Tom Carew, former trade union official, whose grandfather served in the RIC in Co. Kilkenny.

‪Pascal Donohoe’s opening address


Jim McDonald, former chairman of the RUC George Cross Foundation


Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin

Jim Herlihy, Irish Police Historian and Genealogist


Tom Carew, former trade union official


Picture courtesy of Royal Irish Constabulary heritage website.