Conference Opening Session & Welcome Event for IAMCR-2013 --- Address by Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland

The Dublin organisers are pleased to have as keynote speaker at opening session of the IAMCR-2013 conference, Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland. Our speaker has distinguished himself in recent weeks as one of the few politicians from mainstream political parties in Europe today who has expressed robust opposition to the current orthodoxies of austerity and imposing the huge costs of a bankrupt banking system onto the public finances.

Amongst other notable past works and achievements, Michael D. Higgins was a high-profile Minister for Arts and Culture and Gaeltacht [1993-97] with a distinct, indeed unique record of policy reforms in that area. As Minister, he also had direct responsibility for the promotion of the Irish language and for the economic and social development of Irish-speaking areas in the State; And for many years, he was a foot soldier in academe: as a lecturer in sociology at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where his lecturing engaged with media, communication and inter-cultural relations, inter alia.

Michael D Higgins will address the opening session of the conference at 18.00 sharp on Tuesday 25th June. All those wishing to attend should plan to attend earlier in the afternoon to Register (desks open from 14:00pm till 17:15).

Date and Time: Tuesday 25 June 2013, 17.30 Sharp [till 20.30]
Venue: Mahony Hall, the Helix building [also relayed to The Theatre, the Helix]
Paschal Preston, Chair of LOC: ‘It was just 20 years ago …’
Welcome to DCU: Prof. Brian McCraith, President of Dublin City University
Address by: Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland
Chair: Prof. Farrel Corcoran, School of Communications, Dublin City University
Cultural Tasters of Ireland: Visual and Musical
Musical performance by "Wicker Bones"
Wine Reception: 19.00 – 20.30 A drink with some light/finger food

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