Magna Carta exhibition opens at Christ Church in Dublin

MagnaCartaStampPatsy McGarry – Irish Times, 4 Jun 2015

An exhibition containing a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta was opened in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday evening by the British ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott.

One of the most important legal documents in history, the Magna Carta established the principle that everyone, including a monarch, is subject to the law and guaranteed all subjects the right to a free trial.

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> Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice

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Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice 800 years later

King-John-Magna-CartaPatrick Comerford – 3 May 2015

In the months to come, I can imagine history falling prey to people who want to claim that our democracy, justice and liberties owe everything to the “Men of 1916”. But next month marks a far more significant anniversary when it comes to understanding the political freedoms and the system of justice we enjoy today.

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> Magna Carta at Christ Church Cathedral

> Magna Carta Exhibition opens at Christ Church Dublin

Image: King John signing Magna Carta, an illustration from 1864 by James William Edmund Doyle.

What happens to Ireland if Britain leaves the EU?

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A general election in Britain is always watched closely on the other side of the Irish Sea, not least because of the tumultuous political history linking the two islands. But never has an UK election been of greater interest to Ireland’s business community, amid fears that if the Conservatives win, it could spell catastrophe for the country’s economy.

A win for David Cameron would trigger a referendum on membership of the European Union, which if it results in a British exit would send shockwaves through Ireland’s economy. Each week there is €1bn (£730m) in trade between the two countries, supporting about 400,000 jobs.

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Mitchel McLaughlin to accept Commonwealth Parliamentary Association role

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Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin has announced he will take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

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The global Irish: Where do they live?

DiasporaIrish Times Wed Feb 4 – Ciara Kenny

Where the Irish live other than in Ireland

Estimates for the size of the “Irish diaspora” vary hugely, from three million to 70 million depending on who is talking.

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Ireland and UK agree historic defence agreement

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Stephen Collins, Irish Times – 12 Jan 2015

A historic agreement on defence co-operation between Ireland and the UK will be signed by senior Ministers from the two countries later this month.

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John Redmond: a Life of Service to Ireland

RedmondJohn Redmond had a political career of 39 years and became an MP in his twenties. Previously he had worked as a clerk in the House of Commons where his father had been a member.

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Irish ambassador to lay London Cenotaph wreath

MulhallAmbasadorLondonRTE News – Tuesday 14 October 2014

Ireland’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall will lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November, it has been announced.

It will be the first time that an invitation has been issued and accepted and coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

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> Remembrance Sunday: Irish government invited to Cenotaph

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UK & Ireland Reciprocal Joint Visa Initiative

CommonTravelAreaIrish Naturalisation and Immigration Service: Justice minister announces that visitors will travel freely within the Common Travel Area on a single visa.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will operate through a reciprocal visa arrangement, whereby Ireland and the UK recognise short-stay visas issued by each other for travel to each jurisdiction. This will allow the holder of a visa issued by the country of first arrival to travel freely between Ireland and the UK.

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Scotland shows 1916 Rising a mistake, says John Bruton

Home Rule Speech JBruton 18-Sep-14Ireland could have taken same ‘peaceful path’ to independence with Home Rule

Stephen Collins – Irish Times, 18 Sep 2014

Ireland could have followed the same peaceful path towards independence that Scotland is considering today, according to former taoiseach John Bruton.
In a speech today on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Home Rule Bill into law (September 18th, 1914), Mr Bruton pointed to the way the referendum on independence for Scotland had come about.

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