The British Labour Party & Twentieth-Century Ireland

The Moore Institute Seminar Room

Date & Time
8th March, 2013 @ 09:30:00

The British Labour Party

& Twentieth-Century Ireland

Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

8- 9 March, 2013

Keynote Address: Dr. Kevin McNamara
(former Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)
Other Speakers Include: Joan Allen (Univ. of Newcastle) Peter Collins (St. Mary's, Belfast) Aaron Edwards (Sandhurst Acad.) Ivan Gibbons (St. Mary's, London) Stephen Howe (Univ. of Bristol) Máirtín Ó Catháin (UCLan) Emmet O'Connor (Univ. of Ulster) Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway) Henry Patterson (Univ. of Ulster)Bob Purdie (Aberdeen University)
For further information, contact: Dr. Laurence Marley, History Dept., NUI, Galway
Email: Tel: (091) 493791


Friday, 8 March, 2013

9.30 - 9.45: Opening Remarks

9.45 – 11.00: Session 1 British Labour, Ireland and the Union - Chair: Dr. Mary Harris

Emmet O’Connor (Magee College, University of Ulster)

‘British Labour, Belfast Labour, and the Third Home Rule Crisis’

Ivan Gibbons (St. Mary’s University College, London)

‘A Parliamentary Victory: The British Labour Party and Irish Republican Deportees, 1923’

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee

11.30 – 1300: Session 2: Regional Perspectives - Chair: Dr. Adrian Grant

Joan Allen (University of Newcastle)

‘Transitional Allegiances and the Role of the Irish Catholic Press in Britain in the early Twentieth-Century’

John Cunningham (National University of Ireland, Galway)

‘“A Great Believer in the Internationale”: British Labour and Galway , c. 1911-36’

Máirtín Ó Catháin (University of Central Lancashire)

‘The Derry and Londonderry Labour parties, 1942-62’

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 16.00: Session 3 Partition and the Politics of Labour - Chair: Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley

Peter Collins (St. Mary’s University College, Belfast)

‘British Labour and Developments in the Immediate Post-War Years’

Bob Purdie (University of Aberdeen)

‘“Where the Tories Rule”: Geoffrey Bing MP and Partition, 1945-55’

Aaron Edwards (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst)

‘The British Labour Party and the Tragedy of Northern Ireland Labour’

18.30 – 19.45: Keynote Address, Harbour Hotel, Galway:

Dr. Kevin McNamara (former Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)

Chair: Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

Saturday, 9 March, 2013

9.30 – 11.00: Session 4 British Labour, Ireland and the Wider World - Chair: Dr. Lionel Pilkington

David Shaw (University of Liverpool)

‘The Labour Party and the Irish in the New Elizabethan Age’

Melinda Sutton (University of Newcastle)

‘The British Labour Party and Anglo-Irish Relations in the 1980s’

Stephen Howe (University of Bristol)

‘Some Intellectual Origins of the Labour Left’s Thoughts about Ireland, c. 1979-1997’.

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee

11.30 – 13.00: Session 5 The Northern Ireland Conflit - Chair: Dr. Laurence Marley

Niall Ó Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland, Galway)

‘Withdrawal on the Table? Labour Party Policy on Northern Ireland, 1974-79’.

Stuart C. Aveyard (Queen’s University Belfast)

‘The Labour Government and Security Policy in Northern Ireland, 1974-79’

Henry Patterson (Jordanstown, University of Ulster)

‘New Labour and the Peace Process’

13.00 – 13.20: Commentary: Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

13.20: Closing remarks

Conference supported by the following: Moore Institute, the College of Arts and School of Humanities, History Department, Centre for Irish Studies, Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway; Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund and by the Irish Labour History Society.