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Lecture series on who is to blame for Ireland’s financial woes


The annual Mac Lua Memorial Lecture featuring renowned Irish historian Tim Pat Coogan will kick-start a series of debates on Ireland’s economic woes.

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Who’s to blame for the country’s financial difficulties will be the subject of a new lecture series in London next month.


The three part series is part of next month’s Irish Writers’ Month at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith.


And a number of well-known personalities will be taking a hard look at the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger, as well as analysing the economic, political and social consequences for the country.


The first event on June 6, chaired by Irish Arts Foundation director Chris O’Malley, will feature a discussion and Q&A session with broadcaster and writer Tim Pat Coogan.


The author served as editor of the Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987 and is today best known for his popular and sometimes controversial books on aspects of modern Irish history.


His biography of Éamon de Valera proved the most controversial, taking issue with the former Irish president’s reputation and achievements, in favour of those of Collins, whom he regards as indispensable to the creation of the new State.


The Mac Lua Memorial Lecture is held in honour of Brendán Mac Lua – the co-founder and long-serving editor of The Irish Post newspaper who died in 2009.


The second panel discussion on June 20 will be chaired by Reuters breaking views columnist Margaret Doyle.


Panelists include Irish economist David McWilliams, former Bank of Ireland CEO Michael Soden, Mordaunt Group MD George Mordaunt and award-winning financial journalist and business woman Margaret E. Ward.


The third and final event, on June 28, will be chaired by Irish Times London Editor Mark Hennessy, with panelists including former RTÉ director of television Dr Joe Mulholland, Vice President of Chartered Accountants Ireland Brendan Lenihan, Fianna Fáil party leader Micháel Martin and Tangible Ireland CEO Raymond Sexton.


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