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Conference 2015

The 2015 Conference was held at Queens' College, Cambridge. Its central theme was constitutional reform.

On the UK government's programme are the In/Out referendum on the EU, the British bill of rights, further devolution, and the future of the Union.

What might these mean for Ireland, North and South?

Over 120 people attended this conference. Fergal Keane was the opening speaker.

Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland, gave an important talk on the factors that affect British-Irish relations; notably membership of the EU, partnership in Northern Ireland, and a positive approach to commemoration.

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, set out the UK government's perspective on the current state of politics in Northern Ireland, and Charles Flanagan, Irish Foreign Minister, added his insight and experience to the subject.

Other speakers included James Naughtie and Professor Robert Hazell on constitutional questions, and Dominic Grieve MP on the Human Rights Act.

Ministers Fiona Hyslop MSP and Leighton Andrews AM presented views from Scotland and Wales respectively, and Northern Irish political leaders responded to a challenging question: where do we go from here?

To complete a fascinating weekend, Professor Roy Foster described the making of the revolutionary generation of 1916 and Glenn Patterson looked both backwards to the past and forwards to the future from the pivot of 1966.



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