Politics – a selection of essays

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The Democratic Programme and the First Dáil by Brendan HalliganThe Democratic Programme and the First Dáil
By Brendan Halligan

In a broad-reaching study of this, one of most fascinating developments in the early history of the Irish nation, Brendan Halligan explores the build up to the first Dáil’s drafting and adopting of their crucial “Democratic Programme” on 21 January 1919.

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The Ulster of Tomorrow
By Brendan Halligan

Originally delivered as an address to The Campaign for Democracy in Ulster, at the British Labour Party at Blackpool in 1976, this paper explores how political forces faced the realities and difficulties of the political situation in Northern Ireland of the day, and attempts to identify a means of defending and strengthening democracy there.

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The Truth Of The Matter
By Brendan Halligan

Another document from the archives:  this time on a crucial issue that caused passionate controversy in Ireland at the time.  The Truth of The Matter is Brendan Halligan’s speech in Seanad Éireann during the Second Stage debate on the Criminal Law Jurisdiction Bill of 1975.

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Life-After-FF-350x500Life After Fianna Fáil

By Brendan HalliganIn this essay,  delivered as an address to the 2011 AGM of the Dublin South East Constituency Council of the Labour Party, Brendan Halligan makes connections between the General Elections of 1918 and 2011, and considers how history came to re-write itself.

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BH-Mega-Cov-200x300The Mega Crisis

By Brendan HalliganWritten on 12 October, 2010 – one month before the EU and IMF came to Dublin for bailout talks, Brendan Halligan examines the nature of the Irish monetary crisis, and makes some cogent observations on the exact nature of the Irish “Mega Crisis”.

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