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Democracy Under Attack: MacGill School 2018

The 2018 MacGill Summer School focused on “The Future of Ireland in a New Europe: The challenge Ahead”. As is the practice, the published programme set down the background to the session and said that little was being heard in day to day discourse of the Union’s record on human rights and its defence of freedoms and and this was happening at a time when democracy itself was under attack.The programme went on to say that Europe was threatened within and without by extremist ideologies, aggressive regimes, discrimination and the rejection of democratic values. It consequently argued that the need for a strong Europe had never been greater. This paper opened the session on European values and took as its theme the organisers’ belief that democracy was under attack and clearly in peril.

 

To read the full text, click here or download a PDF here.

 

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Brexit Insight Issue 9: A Perfect Storm?

This article by Brendan Halligan appeared as analysis number 9
in the “Brexit Insight” series on the IIEA website.

Brexit Insight No 9 by Brendan Halligan

Previous issues of the Brexit Insight have identified the danger of a breakdown in the Brexit negotiations even before the talks begin. Far from disappearing, the danger has been increased by a combination of developments in the EU and separately in the UK. We may be facing into a perfect storm as the following analysis explains.

Introduction

Things have definitely taken a turn for the worst. The chances of a breakdown in the Brexit talks have increased from 30% to over 50%. And this is before the talks have even begun. They are now expected to start by mid June after the new British government has been put in place. Monday the 19th has been pencilled in.

Three developments have shortened the odds on a breakdown; adoption of the EU negotiating mandate, the publication of the Conservative Party election manifesto and the elaboration of the UK’s negotiating position.

EU Negotiating Mandate

Taking them in turn, the EU negotiating mandate now has the force of law having been adopted by the General Affairs Council on Monday, 22 May. A draft had been in circulation for weeks and had worked its way through the Union’s decision-making process but the key point remains the same: the EU has instructed its negotiator, Michel Barnier, to follow a prescribed agenda in which the UK’s Brexit Bill is to be settled before negotiations can open on the new trade deal with the UK. (more…)

Launch of “Dublin Capital City” at IFI, Dublin

CC-BLOG-Front-CovA new version of Capital City Dublin 1974-75, a film by Brendan Halligan and Jim Mulkerns, was launched last Saturday, 5  November at the Irish Film Institute, and will be screened weekly as part of the Institute’s “Archive at Lunchtime” showings throughout the month of November, 2016.

The previously unreleased short film was made just over forty years ago, when Dublin looked more like a post-war European city in 1946 than a nineteen-seventies European capital.  As Secretary of the Irish Labour Party in 1969, Brendan Halligan had originally commissioned independent film maker Jim Mulkerns to film the city as part of footage to be used for party political broadcasts. After filming more material for another party political broadcast in 1973, following which Labour came into power in the National Coalition Government, they worked together to produce a documentary, to show various public authorities with the idea of letting the images speak for themselves and prompt action.

For many years the film existed in silent celluloid only, under the preservation care of the IFI Irish Film Archive. Then, on the film’s fortieth Anniversary,  Sunniva O’Flynn and Raelene Casey of the IFI Irish Film Archive facilitated conversion of a digital copy of Capital City Dublin 1974-75 for Scáthán, Halligan’s own publications and media imprint.  Design and technical production on a new DVD edition was undertaken by Jim Mulkerns’s daughter Helena, whose company Cyberscribe created the 2016 titles and look.

Next came a new original soundtrack from musician Josh Johnston, who had previously worked with the IFI Irish Film Archive as a live accompanist for screenings of his Grandfather Denis’s film, Guests of the Nation. His score lends a haunting new aspect to the film.

The film with its new score will be screened alongside two other short films by Jim Mulkerns – An tOileánach a d’Fhill (1970) and Ireland Invites You (1966), as part of the Lunchtime Archive Screenings at the IFI throughout the month of November 2016.

The film can be purchased direct from Cyberscribe or at the film shop on the premises of the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, Dublin (01-679-5727).  To watch the film exclusively on this website, click here.

LAUNCH OF ‘VISION AND REALITY’ BY TONY BROWN AT THE IIEA

vision-reality-cover-blogBrendan Halligan saluted a new book written by IIEA Senior Fellow Tony Brown yesterday at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin. The launch of Vision and Reality – A History of 25 Years of the Institute of International and European Affairs was launched to coincide with the Annual General Meeting of the Institute, and was received with huge enthusiasm by Institute members and attendees at the event.

Halligan praised the book itself for its broad vision: that of capturing the history and development of the Institute in one comprehensive tome. Its seven chapters take us from the origins of the organisation through its actual founding, the nuts and bolts of its development and implementation, the progression of its concept of scholarship, dialogue and activism, the exploration of the many issues it has addressed, and its embracing of the new issues like Climate Change and the digital world.

He noted that “Vision and Reality” is commendable not only for its meticulous attention to detail, but its fine writing style, which allows the reader to enjoy and fully appreciate the depth and breadth of its subject. (more…)

Brendan Halligan interview on Abortion, 1984

Interview with Brendan Halligan by Marian Finucane on
‘WOMEN TODAY’ about EU DEBATE ON WOMEN
RTE Radio, 1984

Marian Finucane: … but first … a political story of particular importance to women. This week, for the first time, an elected representative of one of the three main political parties went on record as supporting the introduction of abortion into this country.  The politician is Labour Euro MP Brendan Halligan, and he took the step when he voted in the European Parliament’s Debate on Women in Strasbourg on Tuesday.  His action is likely to cause him bh-marian-imageproblems within his own party and is something bound to come up at the Euro elections in June.  But this was only one amendment in a debate on women that was far-ranging and in the main constructive.  Brendan Halligan, you are hot off the plane from Strasbourg having been at the Debate on Women of the European Parliament.  How would you describe what took place there?

Brendan Halligan:  Well, I described it in a speech as a very historic day for the European Parliament, it was the first time that I think any parliament anywhere in Europe has given an entire day – it was a very special session – to a debate on the situation of women.  What the Parliament was debating was in fact a 550-page report that I have here on the table in front of me, which literally examined the situation of women in every aspect of life, within every country. It is to the credit of the European Parliament that it has done something that all the other parliaments have lacked the courage to do an do. I would suggest that the 550-page report exceeds anything that has been done by any research institute, sociological university or whatever. The debate itself is really saying that women are discriminated against in a whole variety of ways in this society, and that this must be ended, and it called on the ten member states to act in unison to take corrective measures.    (more…)

BREXIT – A Risky Business? Brendan Halligan Podcast

BREXIT - A Risky Business? Podcast by Brendan HalliganOn 19 May, prior to the historic British vote on 23 June 2016, the IIEA held a timely conference in the AVIVA stadium which explored the implications of BREXIT for both the UK and Ireland.

The event was attended by a range of experts and sponsored by law firm McCann Fitzgerald, and for more information you check this link.

Brendan Halligan’s contribution to the event can be heard as a podcast posted on the IIEA website, at this link

 

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Brendan Halligan conferred with France’s Highest Honour: l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur

Brendan Halligan conferred France's highest honour

Brendan Halligan, Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur

On Tuesday, 19 April 2016, Brendan Halligan was conferred with France’s highest civilian Honour: l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur.  To see the full gallery of photos of the event, click here.

Economist, politician and academic, Brendan Halligan has extensive experience as an activist in the European arena. He is the founder and current Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) a leading European think tank on European and International issues. He was appointed as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1983 until 1984, where he specialised in economic affairs and energy policy.

In a letter confirming the award, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir noted that the President of the French Republic had granted the distinction of Chevalier to honour “the remarkable merit” of Mr Halligan’s personal and professional achievements. It continued that the award is also in recognition of “50 years of exemplary contribution to the European debate in Ireland,” noting Mr Haligan’s invaluable, lifelong and multi-faceted devotion to the European ideal on political, intellectual and activist levels.

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Robert Emmet, 4 March 1778 – 20 Sept 1803

It was this time around twenty years ago, with Robert Emmet’s 200th anniversary coming up, that I began to wonder, like many Irish people, about the death and burial of that singular Irish historical figure.  The conundrum of the patriot’s last speech from the dock is rivalled only by the mystery of his final resting place. There are various theories, and while personal investigations, interviews with historians and even Emmet’s ancestors were fascinating, they were inconclusive.  My research produced a series of illustrations that I was planning to use in a study of the subject, and while the study was never in fact completed, I would like to present them today to commemorate the birth of one of Ireland’s most remarkable rebels: Robert Emmet.

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Ban Ki-moon visits Dublin Castle

Ban Ki-moon visits Dublin CastleOn 25 May, 2015, Ban Ki-moon visited Dublin Castle for the launch of a programme that highlights Ireland’s contribution and commitment to the United Nations over the last 60 years.  At the launch, co-hosted by the Institute of International and European Affairs and Ireland’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, UN Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon delivered a lecture in St Patrick’s Hall entitled:  The UN at 70:  Looking back, Looking Forward.

At the event, attendees included former Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, who was Minister for External Affairs in 1955 when Ireland joined the United Nations;  UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and former Irish President Mary Robinson; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,  Charlie Flanagan, TD, IIEA Chairman Brendan Halligan, Director General of the IIEA Tom Arnold and Jill Donoghue, Head of Research, IIEA, Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary-General on International Migration and Richard Ryan, former Irish Ambassador to the UN in New York.

For full photographic coverage of this event, click here

 

Photos from the Jean-Claude Trichet Visit

Jean Claude-Trichet visit Royal Hospital KilmainhamOn Thursday, 30 May, former ECB President Jean Claude-Trichet visited Dublin’s Royal Hospital, Kilmainham to deliver a paper entitled, “Governance of the Eurozone: Past, Present and Future” at an event hosted by the Institute for European and International Affairs at .

Attended by over a hundred invited guests, attendees included the members of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis and the media. It was broadcast live on TV.

Chairman of the Institute, Brendan Halligan, presided and introduced President Trichet and two respondents to the address, Dr Michael Somers, Vice-Chairman, AIB, and Professor Gavin Barrett of the UCD School of Law.

Following the lecture and the responses, President Trichet answered questions from Institute members and, in separate sessions, from members of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, popularly known in Ireland as “The Banking Inquiry.”

The Oireachtas committee consisted of its Chairman, Ciarán Lynch TD (Labour), and Pearse Doherty TD (Sinn Féin); Senator Seán D. Barrett (Independent); Senator Susan O’Keefe (Labour); John Paul Phelan TD (Fine Gael); Senator Michael D’Arcy (Fine Gael); Eoghan Murphy TD (Fine Gael); Michael McGrath TD (Fianna Fáil); Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party); Kieran O’Donnell TD (Fine Gael) and Senator Marc MacSharry (Fianna Fáil).

President Trichet gave interviews to the media before returning to Paris.

For a photo gallery of the event, click here or on the image.

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