23rd March 2023: 5.30pm

The Perils and Prospects of a United Ireland: Book Launch
On the eve of the Belfast Agreement’s 25th anniversary, Professor Padraig O’Malley reflects on social, economic, and political changes in both parts of the island.

Professor O’Malley was responsible for convening a meeting of Northern Ireland politicians with President Nelson Mandela in Arniston, South Africa, during the multi-party talks that led to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. In 1998, a combined 85% vote in dual referendums endorsed constitutional change. Now there’s a discussion on further change – a referendum on Irish unity. But who is saying what to whom? What lessons have been learnt from the incomplete implementation of the Good Friday Agreement? How do we adapt to Brexit? And what of southern Ireland’s secularisation and Northern Ireland’s increasing non-conformity with exclusive nationalist identities?

Professor O’Malley will explore these and other dimensions with discussant Sam McBride, Northern Ireland editor of the Belfast Telegraph, sharing insights from the 100 politicians and civic leaders he interviewed for his book The Perils and Prospects of a United Ireland, recently published by Lilliput Press. Among O’Malley’s other books on Northern Ireland are The Uncivil Wars (1985); Questions of Nuance (1989) and Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes (1990). He was a member of the five-person Opsahl Commission on Northern Ireland (1992/1993).

Padraig O’Malley is an Irish international peacemaker, author, and professor. O’Malley specialises in the problems of divided societies, such as South Africa and Northern Ireland. He has written extensively on these subjects and has been actively involved in promoting dialogue among representatives of differing factions. He’s currently the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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date & time

date & time

Thur. 23rd March
5.30pm (doors 5.15pm)
Duration: 1.5 hours

location

location

Linen Hall Library, Donegall Square N.

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admission

Free Admission

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