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Liam Mellows Spring School to take place in Navan

10 March, 2017

The Liam Mellows Spring School will take place in the Ardboyne Hotel on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of March.

Organised by Cllr Joe Reilly, the two days contain an impressive list of speakers from the worlds of media and politics. The theme of the two days is ‘A Clean Slate: The Irish Republic is the People's Republic’.

Taking its cue from the life and writings of Liam Mellows, speakers will discuss the formation of the Irish state and how the country now sits as a true republic. Liam Mellows was the first Sinn Fein TD for Meath. He was both a prominent republican politician and active anti-treaty activist. He was executed in 1922 following his participation in laying siege to the Four Courts in Dublin.

Speakers over Friday evening and Saturday include: Louise O’Reilly TD, Eoin Ó Broin TD, Senator Frances Black and journalist Eoin Ó Murchú.

Speaking ahead of the event, Cllr Joe Reilly said:

“This is the first political school to be held in Navan and I hope it will give a valuable opportunity for people of every persuasion to come together to consider where we are as a country, how we got here, and more importantly, where we want to go. We have a brilliant and insightful line up of guest speakers who will provoke thought and discussion.”

Admission is free to both days and all are welcome. Friday evening will be officially opened by Navan Mayor Francis Deane at 7.30pm.

Speakers on Friday will be Cllr Fionntán O’Súilleabháin who will discuss ‘The Life and Politics of Liam Mellows’ and Louise O Reilly TD who will speak on ‘Does the Dáil today reflect the Vision of Mellows’.

On Saturday starting at 10am, Eoin Ó Broin TD will discuss ‘The Declaration of Independence and its Relevance Today’; while journalist Eoin Ó Murchú will debate ‘Should Ireland Remain in the European Union’. The afternoon will finish with Senator Frances Black speaking on ‘Cherishing all of the Children of the Nation Equally’.

Closing remarks will be made by Peadar Tóibín TD. 

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