On 23 March 2021, the College hosted a special virtual seminar during which Sidney alumnus and Member of the Irish Parliament, Jim O’Callaghan (1989), spoke to the possible political, economic, and legal consequences of Irish reunification.

Jim O’Callaghan has represented Fianna Fáil in the Irish Parliament since 2016 and is the party’s justice spokesperson. He sits on the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in the current (33rd) Dáil (Irish Parliament). Representing the Dublin Bay constituency, Jim is a senior counsel and was previously a counsellor on Dublin City Council.

The discussion was chaired by Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and Sidney Fellow in History, Eugenio Biagini, and facilitated by Dr Barry Colfer, Research Fellow at St Edmund’s College.

The seminar featured a talk from Jim, based on a paper he released in advance of the event, with follow up questions provided by Professor Biagini, before audience members had the opportunity to put their own questions to Jim.

The occasion proved immensely popular and yielded over 300 attendees, including Sidney students, alumni and staff members.

To watch the event, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/q2l6I7yc8R_7iYXIeNxNtzCilwIf1-6k3GkL5l69o6PGpJnAYTGZnHcn_m4U1dmB._1V-WDzilq6MX8Cl and use the password r#@3TbUX. Please note that the password must be typed in manually, as opposed to copied and pasted.

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