Watch live: Society matters - reconnecting people and the state

Ireland has changed considerably in the past 30 years. We are in the middle of a global shift of ideas, values and politics. With a generational shift in politics clearly taking place in Ireland, what values will emerge from this country over the coming years?

With the rise of populism around the world Ireland needs to prove itself a world leader in responsible and informed democratic participation. Can we do that?

Can new politics deliver a different relationship between people and the State in Ireland? What kind of Ireland do we want to shape through our Civic participation? What is the role of the Citizen? How do we reconnect people with the State and do we need a new Social Contract for citizens to engage with?

These are issues being addressed by a conefernce being held today by Social Justice Ireland in Croke Park.

Watch President Michael D Higgins key note speech - and other contributions - here:

Conference schedule: 

10.50am: Keynote Address - President Michael D. Higgins

12.00noon: Business, Unions and Society - Danny McCoy (IBEC), Jack O’Connor (SIPTU)

2.15pm: A New Social Contract for a Fairer Future - Manuel Muniz (Spain), Seán Healy & Eamon Murphy (Social Justice Ireland)

3.40pm Towards a Rural, Regional, Sustainable Society with Real Local Participation - Cara Augestenborg (USA, UCD and Friends of the Earth), Aine Macken Walsh (Teagasc), Sara Bourke (Social Justice Ireland)

Related Articles

Woman dies in Galway house fire

Europa Oil agrees farmout terms for Irish licences

Newmont creates largest gold miner in €8.7bn deal

Red heads get together on Kiss a Ginger Day

More in this Section

Two men arrested in investigation into Derry armed robbery

European Parliament backs proposals to help those who lose their passports when travelling outside the EU

Belfast site named after women who campaigned against plastic bullets

Stephen Donnelly urges Health Minister to act to avert ambulance strike


What’s better for your health – sleeping naked or in pyjamas?

More From The Irish Examiner