Event Speakers 2018

John Weaver

Leading Republican political consultant in the U.S.

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Kerry Kennedy

Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

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Phil Hogan

European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

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Miriam O'Callaghan

Miriam O’Callaghan is an Irish television current affairs presenter with RTÉ.

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Brian Cowen

Brian Bernard Cowen is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach from 2008 to 2011

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Rachel Allen

TV chief, businesswoman and cookery journalist

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Gerard F. Doherty

Gerard Doherty was active in the campaigns of Jack, Bob and Ted Kennedy and became their friend.

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Mary Laffoy

Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly and former Barrister

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Brendan Grace

Comedian and transatlantic entertainer

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David McCullagh

David McCullagh is a journalist with RTÉ. After 12 years as Political Correspondent, he became a presenter on Prime Time in 2013.

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Sinéad Burke

Sinéad Burke is an Irish writer, academic and broadcaster, popular for her TED talk on ‘Why design should include everyone’.

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Brendan Howlin

Brendan William Howlin is an Irish Labour Party politician who has served as Leader of the Labour Party since May 2016.

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Gina London

Gina London is an Emmy winning former CNN correspondent and anchor and international campaign strategist who has recently permanently relocated to Ireland.

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Charlie Wolf

Charlie Wolf is a London-based American broadcaster, writer, commentator and political and social analyst. He has lived in the UK and Ireland for over 30 years.

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Sinead O'Carroll

Sinéad O’Carroll is news editor with TheJournal.ie.

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Maurice Fitzpatrick

Maurice Fitzpatrick is an Irish and Japanese-educated film-maker, writer and lecturer.

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Eileen Dunne

Eileen Dunne began her career with RTE in 1979, as a radio continuity announcer. She joined the Newsroom in 1984 and for more than 30 now, years has worked on most of the major news stories

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Dr. Robert Mauro

Robert M. Mauro, PhD is the executive Director of the Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute at Boston College.

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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan Patrick O’Brien is an Irish horse racing trainer from Co. Wexford.

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Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton – CEO Vulcan Consulting Ltd

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Chris Greene

Chris Greene is a broadcaster with RTÉ 2fm and a media producer/presenter who has worked with national and international T.V stations like Channel 4, RTÉ 2 and Yahoo!

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Justice Deirdre Murphy SC

Member of the High Court

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Professor Tom Collins

Professor Tom Collins, Chair of the Governing Bodies of DIT, ITB and ITT

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John Hume Jnr.

John has 20 years experience working with EU institutions and specialises in managing pan-European media and political campaigns.

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Audrey Carville

Audrey Carville is an award winning broadcaster and is currently presenting Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One.

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Prof. Richard Aldous

Richard Aldous ​is ​a ​​professor of history at Bard College, New York, where he holds the Eugene Meyer Chair. He previously taught for fifteen years​ at UCD​.

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Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald is Group Business Editor of Independent Newspapers.

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Edward Doyle is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a forward.

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Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O’Neill is Sinn Féin Vice President, Leader in the Northern Assembly and an MLA for the constituency of Mid Ulster.

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Davy Fitzgerald

David “Davy” Fitzgerald is an Irish hurling manager and former player. He managed the Clare senior team from 2011 until 2016 when he took over as the Wexford manager.

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Aine Lawlor

Aine Lawlor is the presenter of Morning Ireland which she joined in 1995 and presented for over 17 years.

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Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála for the Cork South–Central constituency since the 2007 general election.

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Deirdre Duffy

Campaign Manager, Together for Yes

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Fr Joe McDonald PP

Parish Priest for St Mathews Ballyfermot

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Anna Geary

Anna Geary is a camogie player and television personality from Milford, Co. Cork, Ireland.

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Prof. Michael Kennedy

Editor Documents in Irish Foreign Policy

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Prof. Christine Kinealy

Christine Kinealy is an English-born historian, author, and founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University.

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Professor Brian MacCraith

Professor MacCraith was inaugurated as President of DCU in July 2010.

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Regina L. Quinlan Doherty

Attorney, Member of the Massachusetts Ethics Commission, and wife of Gerard F. Doherty

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Peter Cassells

Executive director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at the National University of Ireland.

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Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy is a TD for Kildare-North since 2005 and is a founder and co-leader of the Social Democrats

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Mary O'Rourke

Former minister, TD and deputy leader of Fianna Fáil, and author of ‘Just Mary‘.

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Lynn Ruane

Lynn Ruane was elected to Seanad Eireann in 2016 and is a member of the Civil Engagement Group of independent Senators.

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Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes is Head of the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Alison Meagher

Alison Meagher holds a Phd from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast.

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Dr. Íde B. O’Carroll

PhD is a social researcher, writer and adjunct professor who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts (USA), and summers in Lismore, Waterford (Ireland).

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