EBCF 2020 Events

Ireland, Brexit and Europe

Ireland, Brexit and Europe

Bobby McDonagh in conversation with Martina Devlin

Date: Friday 6th March
Ticket Price: €10/€8
Venue: St. Columba’s

Join columnist and novelist Martina Devlin in conversation with Bobby McDonagh, Brexit expert and Ireland's former ambassador to the UK, for a discussion on Ireland’s evolving relationship to Great Britain, Brexit, and the European Union. 

Bobby McDonagh entered the Irish diplomatic service in 1977, and is regarded as an expert on European Union affairs, having spent 23 years of his career either in the corridors of Brussels or in the EU division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. This included periods in the Secretariat of the European Parliament, periods in the cabinets of two European Commissioners and a period (2005–2009) as the Irish Permanent Representative to the EU. He was Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom (2009–2013) and served as Ambassador of Ireland to Italy (2013–2017). Now a columnist and commentator, notably on Brexit and the European Union, Mr. McDonagh has also authored a collection of speeches on British-Irish relations: Irish Friends and Friends of Ireland; and Inside the Mind of a Permanent Representative (an essay explaining what goes on inside the mind of an EU negotiator).

Martina Devlin is an author, journalist and host of the City of Books podcast for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. She has written 10 books including The House Where It Happened and Truth & Dare: Short Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland. She adapted one of her stories, What Would the Countess Say? into a play about Countess Markievicz. Prizes include the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize and a Hennessy Literary Award. She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, researching the writers Somerville and Ross.