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Uncommon Decency

Oct 6, 2022

“Civil war politics ended a long time ago in our country, but today it ends in our parliament.” Thus welcomed Leo Varadkar—the former and future Irish Taoiseach—the new coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. Ireland has been marked by division, between both the Republic's pro- and anti-treaty parties and the North and South on the island itself. Economic progress has brought with it a shift to more progressive values, and this has sparked unprecedented political change. What does this mean for the Emerald Isle, and what can Europe and the world learn from Ireland’s success? This week, we spoke about the social and political changes facing Ireland with Daniel Mulhall and Jude Webber. The former is a former Irish Ambassador to the UK and US, and author of Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey (2022), out this year. The latter is Dublin Correspondent for the Financial Times. And for our Patreon subscribers, a broader conversation on the prospect of Irish unification awaits. If you would like to hear that conversation, you can subscribe for just €5 a month.

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