Public Lectures and Seminars

The Left and the EU: Ireland After Brexit

Symposium with:Anthony Coughlan, National Platform for EU Research and Associate Professor Emeritus TCD Karen Devine, Lecturer, DCU, Tom O'Connor, Lecturer, CIT

The Left in Europe has long expressed mixed views on the European Union. For some, its origins in the Coal and Steel Community in 1951 and later the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1958, were more about bolstering unity amongst Western European states and support for capitalism, in opposition to the Eastern Bloc, during the Cold War, than about promoting the much cited notion of ‘peace in Europe’. Indeed much of the Left in both Britain and Ireland initially opposed membership in 1973, viewing it to be a ‘rich men’s club of former colonial powers’ and representing the interests of global capitalism in a world dominated by neo-colonialist expansion. By the 1990s, progressive EU policies such as anti-Poverty Programmes, anti-discrimination legislation, etc., led some on the Left to believe in the potential for a ‘Social Europe’. The age of austerity in the Eurozone, however, has led to further questioning about the potential of the EU to deliver. The aftermath of the Syrian refugee crisis, an apparent move to the far right in Europe and the USA and the onset of Brexit, now present additional challenges for the Left throughout Europe and Ireland. In this symposium, three academics, (from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Cork Institute of Technology) consider the issue of the Left and the EU in an Ireland after Brexit and some of the difficulties/ opportunities facing the Irish state, and debate how the Left view these. This symposium will attempt to provide some discussion and critical analysis of the current situation and provide an opportunity to debate and question some differing and alternative perspectives rarely heard in the mainstream media on the way forward. Organised as part of the School of Applied Social Studies Seminar Series.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: CACSSS Research Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building, Room G27, U.C.C.
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Féilim Ó hAdhmaill

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