Christ Church Cathedral
Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin
Thursday May 9, 19.30-21.30 Christ Church Cathedral
The forum opens with a public gathering on the official anniversary of the birth of the EU, in Christ Church Cathedral, across the road from the Castle where the official EU meetings are being held. David Quinn of the Iona Institute will chair the Cathedral gathering, with musical contributions from Rónán Johnston Spirit Radio dj, song-writer and musician.
Jeff Fountain will briefly introduce the forum, explaining the significance of May 9, 1950, for the course of post-war Europe and of the role of Robert Schuman, French foreign minister and acknowledged ‘father of Europe’. Dr Margriet Krijtenburg, who completed her doctorate on Schuman and his faith and worldview will suggest how the ‘founding father’ would view the crisis and its causes today, something she will expand on in the forum.
John Bruton, a former Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), 1994-7, who helped transform the Irish economy into the ‘Celtic Tiger’, and served as EU Ambassador to the US, 2004–9, will talk on Recovering vision and values in Europe.
Os Guinness, descendent of the famous Dublin brewer, will address the gathering on the topic of Sustainable freedom and the European future.
Economists Tomas Sedlacek and Michael Schluter will be interviewed briefly about what has been wrong at the foundations of modern economics, and what steps to take towards healthy, relationships-centred economics, as a prelude to their open session in Croke Park the following evening, at the close of the Forum. Sedlacek, former economic advisor to President Havel of the Czech Republic, is author of the best-selling The Economics of Good and Evil. Schluter, founder of the Relationships Foundation is co-author of The R-Factor and The Jubilee Manifesto