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Brexit and a Changing Ireland

Brexit and a Changing Ireland 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members

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Brexit continues to reveal significant challenges as well as opportunities for the island of Ireland. Mary Lou McDonald, President of Sinn Féin, the largest party across Ireland, and the first woman to lead the Official Opposition in the Dáil (the Irish Parliament), will discuss Brexit’s ramifications for Ireland including its effect on any unification referendum to be held pursuant to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Such Agreement was signed by the British and Irish governments, as well as various political parties and endorsed in referenda North and South.

As a member of the Dáil for the Dublin Central constituency, Mary Lou McDonald has a reputation for hard work and champions the needs for the people of her constituency. Prior to becoming Leader of Sinn Féin in February 2018, Mary Lou was Deputy Leader of the party. Following election to the Dáil in 2011, she served in leadership posts on issues such as public expenditure and reform, mental health, and suicide prevention. As a Member of the European Parliament for Dublin from 2004 to 2009, she was a prominent participant of both the Employment and Social Affairs committee, as well as the Civil Liberties committee.

Educated in Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University, she studied English Literature, European Integration Studies, and Human Resource Management. President McDonald previously worked as a consultant for the Irish Productivity Centre, a researcher for the Institute of European Affairs, and a trainer in the trade union sponsored Partnership Unit of the Educational and Training Services Trust. She is married to Martin Lanigan and they have two young children, Iseult and Gerard.

Mark A. Meyer, Council on International Affairs, Chair

Mary Lou McDonald, President of Sinn Féin and Leader of the Opposition in the Dáil

Sponsoring Committee:
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyer, Chair

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