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Irish Citizens Decide: A Review of the Irish Convention on the Constitution

Newman House, St Stephen's Gree
Friday, 13th November 2015
9:30am - 1:00pm

Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution, which met from late 2012 to early 2014, was a world first both in allowing ordinary citizens a place in discussions about the future of our Constitution and also due to its role in the calling of the marriage referendum earlier this year.

This half-day seminar – which has been supported by the Department of the Taoiseach – will review the work, operation and outcomes of the Convention. The panelists will include former members and organisers of the Convention, the academic team who supported and monitored its operation, and journalists who provide critical coverage of it.

For more information and to RSVP follow the link

Draft Programme

9.30 Arrive and registration

9.45: Welcome and introduction

10.00: Panel discussion on the Convention and its outcomes.
Confirmed participants include: Tom Arnold (Chair of the Convention), Art O’Leary (Secretary), Dr Jane Suiter (DCU), Dearbhail McDonald (Legal Editor, Irish Independent), and Senator Katherine Zappone and Deirdre Donaghy (two members of the Convention).

11.30: Tea/Coffee break

12.00: What can we learn from the Irish Constitutional Convention?
A presentation of research findings by the academic team who supported the work of the Convention.

13.00: End of workshop.

A free lunch will be provided.