Clann na Poblachta and the Interparty Government by Eithne MacDermot

Wednesday October 23rd, Town Hall Balbriggan at 8pm

Balbriggan & District Historical Society presents:

"A brief overview of Clann na Poblachta, and the Inter-Party Government 1948-51" by Eithne MacDermott

As well as short talks by Loreto Secondary School Students on various aspects of the Sack of Balbriggan, including newspaper articles from the time, and Black and Tan attacks elsewhere.

Eithne's talk will focus on some of the interesting features of Clann na Poblachta who included Sean McBride and Dr Noel Browne, a different political generation, the first time an inter-party or coalition government, which is now the norm, was formed and took office, and some comments on the inter party government itself.

In the context of Brexit, she will also look at Ireland and the Commonwealth and the Declaration of the Republic, and what leaving a major international organisation, the Commonwealth, entailed.

Eithne MacDermott has studied and taught in NUIG (Irish Politics; EU Studies; Comparative Politics: Western European Political Systems; and Eastern European History) and TCD (Modern History - Russian and Eastern European History), and has written a book on Clann na Poblachta which was published by Cork University Press in 1998. She has served as an international election observer - nominated by the Irish Government for the past 22 years and has observed and reported on more than 25 elections across three continents in that time. She has also served as with a number of EU civilian missions - seconded by Ireland - in Georgia, Afghanistan, and Somalia as a political adviser or analyst.