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SOCIETY MATTERS: Reconnecting People and the State

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Croke Park (Ash Suite - Cusack Stand)

Jones Road

Dublin 3


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President Michael D. Higgins will give a keynote address at the Conference.

Ireland has changed considerably in the past 30 years. It seems now we are in the middle of a global shift of ideas, values and politics. With a generational shift in politics clearly taking place in Ireland, what values will emerge from this country over the coming years?

With the rise of populism around the world Ireland needs to prove itself a leader in responsible and informed democratic participation. Can we do that?

Can new politics deliver a different relationship between people and the State in Ireland? What kind of Ireland do we want to shape through our Civic participation? What is the role of the Citizen? How do we reconnect people with the State and do we need a new Social Contract for citizens to engage with?


9.00 Registration

9.30am Theme: Equality and Society

Speakers Lorenza Antonucci (UK)

Michael Dauderstadt (Germany)

10.50am Keynote Address - President Michael D. Higgins

11.35: Tea/Coffee

12.00noon Theme: Business, Unions and Society

Speakers Danny McCoy (IBEC)

Jack O’Connor (SIPTU)

1.15pm Lunch

2.15pm: Theme:A New Social Contract for a Fairer Future

Speakers Manuel Muniz (Spain)

Seán Healy & Eamon Murphy (Social Justice Ireland)

3.15pm Tea/Coffee

3.40pm Theme: Towards a Rural, Regional, Sustainable Society with Real Local Participation

Speakers: Cara Augestenborg (USA, UCD and Friends of the Earth)

Aine Macken Walsh (Teagasc)

Sara Bourke (Social Justice Ireland)

5.00pm Conference close

The conference will be chaired by Michael Clifford, journalist and broadcaster.

Further information including speaker biographies is available on our website or by emailing

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