What we love and what needs to change: The future of Ireland

Sign up for a free ticket to hear the future of Ireland at Web Summit.

On the day before Web Summit, Monday, November 2, we’ll be asking what is the future of Ireland.

Starting at 7pm in the RDS, we’re welcoming an eclectic mix of commentators, journalists, academics and more to Web Summit Centre Stage to address the major issues in Irish society.

It’s a time for reflection on what we love about Ireland and what needs to change. How do we build a better society, community, economy and more?

We’re giving away 5,000 free tickets for the event and you can sign up for one here.

Here’s what to expect:

Civil Liberties in Ireland


Executive Director of Amnesty Ireland Colm O’Gorman – a key figure throughout Ireland’s marriage equality referendum.

Ireland became the first country worldwide to legalise gay marriage by popular vote this summer when we passed the marriage equality referendum.

Amnesty Ireland Executive Director Colm O’Gorman was a vocal ‘Yes’ campaigner during in the lead up to the referendum and his organisation publicly advocated a ‘Yes’.

He’ll be talking about what the passing of the referendum said about Irish society and what steps now need to be taken to achieve true equality for all Irish residents.

Education in Ireland


Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe – Educate Together have been working for non-denominational schools in Ireland for the last 35 years.

The Catholic Church controls 90 percent of primary schools in Ireland.

Trainee teachers have been warned their career prospects will be affected by their (lack of) religious faith.

Non-Catholic Irish children have experienced difficulties getting places in Catholic schools.

Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe will join a panel that will ask how the Irish education system can cater to those of all beliefs.

Educate Together is a non-profit organisation that has championed non-denominational schools in Ireland for the last 35 years.

Ireland’s indigenous tech scene


The Dublin Docklands is now home to Facebook, Google and other tech giants.

Ireland has been very successful at enticing international tech giants to set up shop in Dublin.

The Dublin Docklands has been christened the Silicon Docks –  there you’ll find Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and more.

While debate continues on the corporation tax packages these companies avail of, we’ll be asking is enough being done to support Irish tech.

Three ways to improve Ireland


Elaine Byrne – one of Ireland’s most respected journalists and academics. 

Elaine Byrne is one of Ireland’s foremost journalists and academics.

She’s a columnist with the Sunday Business Post and is a governance consultant to the European Commission.

She’ll be telling us her three ideas that will improve Ireland and why these three ideas have the potential to snowball into broad sweeping reforms for Irish society.

Find out how we can make Ireland better. Sign up for a free ticket to the Future of Ireland.

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