Towards a new Ireland - with Neale Richmond TD

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A special seminar at Sidney Sussex, University of Cambridge with Neale Richmond TD

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As part of a series of special events that look at the future of life on the island of Ireland, Neale Richmond T.D. will present his vision for a new Ireland.

Neale will consider the importance of dealing with the many challenges facing the island of Ireland today, including: Brexit, the fallout from the Northern Ireland protocol, recent violence, the future of the GFA institutions, and the prospects for a 'shared island' . Neale will ultimately argue that the obsession with setting a date for any referendum on Irish unity is an unwelcome distraction from the things that really matter to people. Crucially, for Neale, any conversation about Irish unity must be about more than just symbols and identity and must meaningfully engage with the needs of all communities on the island as we move towards a 'New Ireland' .

Neale Richmond is the Fine Gael TD (Member of Parliament) for the Dublin Rathdown Constituency and is the Fine Gael spokesman on European Affairs sitting on the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) European Affairs and Finance Committees.

Neale was elected to Seanad Éireann (the upper house in the Irish legislature) in 2016 on the Labour Panel where he was the Fine Gael spokesman on European Affairs and Chairperson of the Seanad Brexit Committee. Prior to this, he served as a County Councillor for seven years and as a Member of the EU’s Committee of the Regions where he served as leader of the Irish Delegation.

A graduate of UCD (BA History, MA Politics), Neale worked in the European Parliament and in the Oireachtas as a Parliamentary Assistant before working as a Project Manager for European Movement Ireland.

Neale is a frequent contributor to broadcast and print media in Ireland and across Europe appearing regularly on BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4’s Today Show, CNN, Bloomberg and CNBC. He has written for the Financial Times, the Times of London and the Daily Telegraph as well as numerous Irish newspapers.

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