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Aontacht Éireann (1971-1976): The ‘Real’ Fianna Fáil? In May 1970, Taoiseach Jack Lynch dismissed the Minister for Finance, Charles Haughey, and the Minister for Agriculture, Neil Blaney, from Government. This action precipitated the public unveiling of what is generally referred to as the ‘Arms Crisis’, and threatened to tear the Fianna Fáil organisation apart. Outraged by Lynch’s actions, the Minister for Local Government, Kevin Boland, resigned from the Cabinet, and ultimately from Fianna Fáil. In 1971 he established a rival organisation, Aontacht Éireann. Despite initial enthusiasm, this new party would have little electoral impact and by 1976 had lost many of its founding members. In this lecture, Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir will provide an overview of Aontacht Éireann’s brief history. A number of its key political, social, and economic policies will be considered, and compared with the foundation principles of Fianna Fáil. Importantly, our audience will be presented with an interesting question: from 1971 onwards, were the members of Kevin Boland’s Aontacht Éireann, rather than Jack Lynch’s Fianna Fáil, the true inheritors of the original ‘Fianna Fáil’ philosophy? Note: start time revised to 9pm Direct link: https://youtu.be/3bUlDb4rw5g All Talks are available on the GAHS YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qEeN8kuF80wWuRd1BT3aw    … Read the rest
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The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley and so as the Xbox hits Level 3, we are switching to Plan B. Next Monday night, 12th October, the GAHS was planning to host a lecture in the new blended format, with a small socially distanced audience at the Harbour Hotel which was also to be broadcast simultaneously over the Internet on the GAHS YouTube channel. That now cannot take place as Dr Aengus Finnegan was due to give a talk on the fascinating subject of ‘an overview of current research on Irish field names’ but is now prevented from leaving Co. Westmeath. That is the bad news. The good/great news is that  the President of the GAHS, Dr Séan O Duibhir will deliver a lecture in his place. However, it will take place on the following Monday 19th October and will be broadcast live at 8pm on YouTube. We will keep you posted of all the non happenings and happenings. Quarantined regards, EJ… Read the rest
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The Dáil Éireann in session in August 1921
Click here to visit GAHS on YouTube In this commemorative lecture, Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir, discusses a number of the practical, and symbolic, features of the Irish State’s ‘foundation moment’. The lecture was hosted by the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society at the Harbour Hotel, Galway, in 2019. Presented with audio and slides Subscribe to the GAHS YouTube Chanel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qEeN8kuF80wWuRd1BT3aw… Read the rest
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