Debate Ireland of the Welcomes
with Roddy Doyle, Ronit Lentin, Eamon Delaney and Naseem Khan
As global barriers dissolve, immigration has become the burning topic of our age. For Ireland this has particularly profound resonance, as for the first time in its history other nationalities flock to its shores seeking a new start.
For many Irish nationals, the country's own history of mass migration presumes a duty to extend a warm hand of welcome. For others trouble lies ahead. As Irish society undergoes a multicultural transformation, what are the implications for the traditional notion of ‘Irish hospitality’?
To address these issues and open out the debate to a global context are: best-selling author Roddy Doyle (whose recent short stories on the Irish immigrant experience comprise the forthcoming collection The Deportee); Director of Ethnic and Racial Studies at Trinity College, Ronit Lentin; former diplomat turned editor of current affairs magazine Magill, Eamon Delaney; and journalist, commentator and policy developer, Naseem Khan.