On September 3rd Fintan O’Toole, one of Ireland’s most renowned journalists, shared his thoughts on Brexit and its impact on Ireland.
From his deep understanding of all the historical, cultural, trade and political machinations that lead us to this point in UK : Irish relations, Fintan highlighted just why the border in Ireland is so critical to Brexit. He also explored why it is a crisis of identity that fuelled the Brexit movement in the first place and how perspectives on identity are fundamental to peace on the island of Ireland.
From a practical point of view Fintan highlighted how the border in Ireland was never intended as an international border. It is too long, meandering, disjointed from physical attributes and ambiguous to be an effective international boundary. The entire eastern boundary of the European Union has 137 crossing points in relatively manageable geographic locations. By comparison, the implied British border in Ireland has 208 crossings and few of them are in situations that can be managed.
More importantly, Fintan reminded us that discussions on boundaries in Ireland forces questions that are best not to be forced. He articulated some of the brilliantly delicate understandings around the Good Friday Agreement which created conditions for peace and prosperity for the people living in Ireland. Those understandings allow interpretations of identity to be nuanced enough to enable peace rather than being so forced that they drive a divide.
Fintan had the audience fully engaged with his insight and informed perspective. Discussions over the drinks that followed his talk were imbued with an intelligence and energy that was definitely fuelled by fresh learning and understanding.
Join us for a special event on Monday 5th November 2018 to launch the Irish Business Network NZ – Wellington.
It will be a great evening with lots of ‘Friends of Ireland’ coming along.
Places are limited but feel free to bring a colleague or friend or two, make sure to register here if you think you can make it.
PWC Centre, 1 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea.
Brexit, Ireland and the Crisis of Belonging
Join us for an evening with Fintan O’Toole, one of Ireland’s most renowned journalists, to hear his thoughts on Brexit and its impact on Ireland.
Monday, 3 September
Level 22/188 Quay St, Auckland
Tickets: $49, includes canapés and a limited bar.
Sponsored by The Eamon Cleary Trust.
Assistant Editor, columnist, and feature writer
The Irish Times
Fintan O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals.
He is currently Assistant Editor, columnist and feature writer for The Irish Times. He also contributes to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and other international publications.
In 2011, O’Toole was named one of “Britain’s top 300 intellectuals” by The Observer. He has received the A.T. Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism, the Millennium Social Inclusion Award, and Journalist of the Year in 2010 from TV3 Media Awards.
In 2017, O’Toole became the first Irish recipient of the prestigious European Press Prize as well as the Orwell Prize for Journalism for his commentary on the Brexit referendum and its aftermath.
He has published more than a dozen books—most recently Judging Shaw—and is the Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton.
In July 2018, The Irish Times announced that Fintan O’Toole had been appointed Seamus Heaney’s official biographer.
What’s it like prosecuting war criminals in a UN court, working at the highest level of business journalism, or heading up the organisation responsible for NZ’s most vulnerable children?
Hear from three women on the lessons they’ve learned from working in high-profile, high-pressure roles:
Bronagh McKenna, former trial attorney at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal
Fran O’Sullivan, New Zealand Herald columnist and Editorial Director – Business at NZME
Grainne Moss, CEO of Oranga Tamariki
Tickets: $55, includes canapes and a limited bar.
When: Thursday, July 5, from 5.30pm to 8pm
Where: PwC, Level 22, 188 Quay St, Auckland
Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Ciarán Cannon TD, is in Auckland for a short visit on Monday, April 30.
Join the Irish Business Network of New Zealand for this special breakfast event with the Minister, discussing the issues facing Ireland and the diaspora.
Tickets $30, includes a breakfast buffet. Don’t delay, buy your ticket today.
Time: 7am-9am, April 30
Location: Europe House, 56 Wakefield St, Auckland 1010
Please note that the original event time has changed from evening to morning due to a change in the Minister’s travel schedule.