Artist Robert Ballagh to launch new Exhibition at 7.00 pm on Saturday 16th November in the Culture Box
A new exhibition examining the1972 referendum campaign on Irish membership of the (then) EEC will open in The Culture Box, Temple Bar on Saturday 16th November 2013. The exhibition runs from Saturday 16th to Thursday 21st November from 12pm – 6pm daily. Admission is free.
The referendum took place on May 10th 1972 and led to the crucial decision of Ireland joining the following year, 1973, forty years ago. The 6-week referendum campaign saw many political and cultural figures contributing to the debate in this once-in-a-lifetime vote. These included the late Garret Fitzgerald, Tom Barry, Alan Dukes, Desmond Fennell, Jack Lynch, Michael D. Higgins, Charlie Haughey, Mary Robinson, Declan Costello, Niall Tóibín, George Colley, and Luke Kelly.
At a time when an unprecedented economic crisis has prompted some to reassess Ireland’s relationship with the EU, this exhibition looks at the aspirations and concerns captured in 1972 in pamphlets, leaflets and election posters. Many of the key public policy decisions in political, economic and social areas that shaped modern Ireland over the last generation can be traced back to our joining the EEC.
Some of the areas that came up for debate were Fisheries, Foreign Policy, Agriculture, and Industry and Labour issues. These issues are dealt with in the material on exhibit: posters,pamphlets, leaflets, notices of public meetings, internal bulletins for the campaign groups, and newspaper articles. The material comes from the private collection of Anthony Coughlan Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin.
This is the first time that this type of exhibition has ever been done!
The “Ireland into EEC – The 1972 Debate” exhibition only has a short run before it goes on tour around the country: Saturday November 16th – Thursday the 21st in the Culture Box (opposite Charlie’s 2 and next door to The Stage Door coffee shop), 12 East Essex Street, Templebar, Dublin 2.