Talk at NUIG addresses the issue of immigrant rights

Retired Justice Bryan McMahon. HIs talk will be delivered by actor and Field Day co-founder Stephen Rea.
Retired Justice Bryan McMahon. HIs talk will be delivered by actor and Field Day co-founder Stephen Rea.

The issue of who is entitled to have rights in Ireland will be discussed this Saturday night at NUI, Galway when academic and retired judge Dr Bryan McMahon will talk on the subject The Right to Have Rights: Direct Provision.

The venue is the Aula Maxima and the event, which will begin at 7pm, will also include music and poetry.

Dr McMahon, the lead author of the McMahon Report on Direct Provision, is delivering the annual Seamus Deane Field Day Lecture, held in honour of the late Derry-born poet and novelist. This lecture being presented in conjunction with Galway International Arts Festival and NUIG.

Actor and Field Day co-founder Stephen Rea will introduce the event. Dr McMahon’s speech will be preceded by poet Seamus Deane’s reflections on the concept of ‘the right to have rights’, well-known quote from the 20th century political philosopher and author Hannah Arendt.

The event will also have an input from local activists, Blessings Siphathisiwe Moyo and Sipho Sibanda.

In addition, fiddle player Paddy Glackin will perform new music by celebrated composer Neil Martin and poet Jessica Traynor will read from her work relating to the vulnerable in Ireland.

Dr McMahon served as a Circuit Court judge before being appointed to the High Court in 2007.

A graduate of UCD and of Harvard Law School, he is former Professor of Law at UCC, who later held a part-time Chair of Law at NUIG while working as a senior partner with the Houlihan and McMahon law firm.

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