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Ceann Comhairle launches 90 Years of Dáil Éireann

Professor Pat O'Connor, Dean of Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Ceann Comahirle, Mr. Séamus Kirk

Ceann Comhairle launches 90 Years of Dáil Éireann exhibit at UL

Ceann Comahirle, Mr. Séamus Kirk today (30th November) launched the 90 years of Dáil Éireann exhibit at the University of Limerick (UL), hosted by the Department of Politics and Public of Administration.

Séamus Kirk opened the exhibit in saying; "It is fitting that this celebration of our national parliament should be hosted in a city and county that has a proud record in Ireland's fight for freedom."

"This exhibition does more than celebrate 90 years of our parliamentary democracy. It is a process of re-affirming that Dail Eireann is a parliament of the people.

"The images in this exhibition have given me pause for thought about the progress of Irish democracy and the central role that parliament has played, and will continue to play, in Irish life." 

Dr Maura Adshead, head of the Department of Politics and Public of Administration at UL said the University of Limerick was delighted to be hosting the exhibition.

"We are pleased to be hosting an exhibition that records and celebrates the legislative institutions of democratic government. We live in a time where many Irish citizens have grown cynical of politics and disdainful of our political institutions."

"The talk of cuts has become a contagion and some are now happy enough to think that a pruning of our democratic institutions will provide some kind of relief. It is an ironic metaphor for the current crisis: democratic politics, just like economic growth, takes effort and imagination to reform and rebuild. Now, more than ever, we must hold on to the institutions of the Republic and use them to hold our politicians accountable for the resolution of our contemporary misfortune."

The exhibition features historical election posters and memorabilia such as both pro and anti treaty posters, photographs of many of Ireland's leading political figures since the foundation of the State, political advertisements on the referendum to adopt Bunreacht na hÉireann and also illustrations of the media coverage of these important events.

These historic photographs from Ireland's social and political past will take people on a journey of Ireland's unique history from 1919 to date. Each significant period is represented with images sourced from the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, UCD Archives, RTE and Photocall Ireland who have all collaborated in this initiative.

This exhibition will open to the public from one week in the Robert Mallett Tower, C Block, Level 1, University of Limerick. The Opening hours are: Monday - Friday from 9.00am - 6.00pm. There is no admission charge to the exhibition.

Dáil Éireann 1921, Image courtesy of National Library of Ireland

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