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The State of the EU

Fintan O’Toole and Professor Brigid Laffan. Chaired by Caitriona Crowe


Date: Saturday March 28th
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 4pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult


In the aftermath of a convulsive Brexit – both negotiations and aftermath have not been easy as we all know only too well – how can the EU ‘gather itself ’ and recover from the trauma. Join Fintan O’Toole and Prof. Brigid Laffan for a fascinating discussion of how the EU with its ever-expanding kaleidoscope of languages, nationalities, and local identities, can shape a future for itself
that embraces inclusiveness and openness. It can never be ‘a single cultural monolith’ and as Brigid Laffan has argued will continue to work towards greater integration and co-operation while celebrating the patchwork of cultures which exist in member states.

‘Given the choice between a place in that patchwork and a final embrace of our destiny as the 51st State of the Union, it is not so hard to see where we belong’

Fintan O’Toole

Hosted by Caitriona Crowe.

Professor Brigid Laffan has extensively written about and lectured on a wide range of topics including The European Union and its Member States ; Integration and Co-Operation in Europe and Ireland and the European Union (European Union Series).   She is Director and Professor at the Robert Schumann Centre and Director of the Global Governance Programme at the European Universe Florence, Tuscany. She is an author and regular commentator on Europe and its very complex politics.

Fintan O'Toole is one of Ireland's most respected and controversial political and cultural commentators, and an acclaimed biographer and critic. His books include White Savage, A Traitor's Kiss, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, the number one bestseller Ship of Fools, which Terry Eagleton called 'a brilliant polemic', and its sequel Enough is Enough. He lives in Dublin and is a columnist for The Irish Times.



L - R: Prof. Brigid Laffan, Fintan O'Toole, Caitriona Crowe