Partners of the Centre for Geopolitics and St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

Convened by Dr Barry Colfer and Dr Niamh Gallagher

More than twenty years after the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and a century following the partition of Ireland, the ‘Cambridge Future of the Island of Ireland’ series invites leading figures from the world of politics, culture, academia and civil society to reflect on the future of the island of Ireland, as the implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU continue to reorder relations between the peoples and governments of these islands.

The series takes the form of hour-long conversations over Zoom with a brief intervention on a theme by a speaker followed by a semi-structured conversation with an academic. Moderated questions and answers with attendees follow. The series forms part of the European Strand at the Centre for Geopolitics, led by the Director, Brendan Simms.

EventsPrevious meetings

Date Title/Speaker Video Paper
6 Dec The future of Northern Ireland, with Doug Beattie MLA (Leader of the UUP) here
29 Nov Developing a human rights culture, with Ivana Bacik TD (Labour) here
22 Nov The future of the Island of Ireland with Matt Carthy TD (Sinn Féin) here
15 Nov The future of the island of Ireland with Lord Robin Eames (former Archbishop of Armagh and Anglican Primate of All Ireland) here
8 Nov The future of the island of Ireland, with John Bruton (Fine Gael) & Prof Kalypso Nicolaides, European University Institute, Florence here
25 Oct Uniting people from the grassroots, with Eileen Weir here
18 Oct Ireland past, present and future, with Bertie Ahern here
11 Oct Reconciliation and mutual trust – the crucial unfinished elements of the Good Friday Agreement, with Hugo MacNeill here here
4 Oct Picking up the pieces – relationships after Brexit, with Claire Hanna MP here
20 Sep The future of UK-Irish relations, with Sir David Lidington here here
13 Jul Ian Marshall, the only unionist elected to Seanad Éireann (2018-2020), former Ulster Farmers’ Association President (2014-2016), and community activist on ‘Beyond Identity Politics: Building Bridges and Uniting People’ (coming soon) here here
01 Jun Naomi Long MLA, Justice Minister of Northern Ireland on ‘The future of Northern Ireland’
12 May Lucinda Creighton, CEO of Vulcan Consulting, former Irish Minister for European Affairs (2011-2013) here
19 Apr Neale Richmond, Fine Gael TD/MP for Dublin Rathdown Constituency, party spokesperson on European Affairs here
23 Mar Jim O’Callaghan, Fianna Fáil TD/MP for Dublin Bay South, party spokesperson on justice here here

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