In early 2019 the then Minister of Justice in Dublin, Charlie Flanagan stirred up a controversy over his plans to commemorate, albeit privately, the RIC. Meeting in the wake of those comments, the Council of the Irish Association determined to hold an event that would ask how society might best commemorate or reflect on the years marking the Partition of Ireland without jeopardising contemporary efforts at reconciliation?
An in-person event with contributors from both jurisdictions on the island proved impossible because of Covid19. So the discussion, with Prof Brian Walker giving the main paper, went digital, the first of a series of online events to be held in the next few months.
This discussion is also an opportunity to remember the immense contribution of a former President of The Irish Association Rev Brian Kennaway who passed away in October 2019.