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  • Northside West

City braced for political storm

Thursday, 2nd November, 2017 7:59am
City braced for political storm

Experts will be analysing Donald Trump a year on from his surprise election.

City braced for political storm

Experts will be analysing Donald Trump a year on from his surprise election.

DUBLIN is set for a political storm later this month when a four-day festival descends on the city.

The first ever Festival of Politics comes at a time when the political world is spinning on its axis, with the shock election of Donald Trump in the US to our west and Brexit looming to the east.

Billed as a festival for people rather than political anoraks, the four-day event backed by the Temple Bar Company promises to deliver a wealth of debate and discussion by delving into the dark arts of the media and examining its unholy links with politicians, the criminal underworld and corrupt police forces.

Executive editor of Breitbart News, James Delingpole, will be analysing Donald Trump a year on from his surprise election, and to add to the fasinating mix of political events, there will also be Muslim satirists from Silicon Valley and protest songs from leading folk singer, Peggy Seegar.

The festival will be seeking answers to intriguing questions such as whether international billionaires are writing Irish Government policy and there’ll be plenty of debate on subjects including the irony of a united people on a divided Ireland post-Brexit.

The programme includes a wealth of fascinating speakers such as the team behind ‘Untold: The Daniel Morgan Story’ podcast, dubbed the ‘British Serial’ who will host an evening of discussion about the UK’s longest running unsolved crime, and the unholy alliance of a media empire corrupt police, a criminal underworld and the UK political establishment.

Music writer and journalist, Tony Clayton-Lea, will be presenting an afternoon with Peggy Seeger, the American folk musician and political activist and during the festival former Dunnes Stores worker, Mary Manning, will be launching Striking Back, her incredible story of making a powerful stand against the apartheid regime in South Africa from a checkout point in an Irish supermarket.

As well as a focus on global politics, the festival will also be shining a spotlight on our own political establishment.

In ‘The State of Dublin’, Dublin city councillors will getting a grilling over the issues that matter to the public while national TDs will take on the events of the day in ‘Tell it like it is’, a take on the popular Mock the Week TV show where a quick wit and sense of humour make for an engaging display.

TDs Barry Cowen. Kate O’Connell, Danny Healy Rae and Minister Finian McGrath will join chair John Lee, political editor of the Mail on Sunday for this event.

The Festival of Politics is a not-for-profit event by Temple Bar Company. Further information and tickets can be found online at festivalofpolitics.ie.

 

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