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C. Flower
03-11-2013, 06:49 PM
Interesting and timely revisit of Ireland's entry into the EEC, and to the debates of the time.



Pearse Monnet
03-11-2013, 08:45 PM
Interesting exhibition.

It's timely given that at the moment for the first time many have been prompted to reassess Ireland’s relationship with the EU. An exhibition like this has captured in a freeze-frame from 1972 the aspirations and concerns of Irish society as they were taking this historic vote. The pamphlets, leaflets and election posters on display should make for an interesting lunch-break.

Pearse Monnet
07-11-2013, 12:05 PM
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Michael O Riordan photographed in the Irish Times

Spanish Civil War veteran for the democratically constituted República Española and lifelong champion of workers rights opposed Ireland's entry into the EEC. Here he is being grappled with by the Gardai at a demonstration against the visit of President of the European Commission Franco Maria Malfatti.
- See this photo and others at the Exhibition: "Ireland into EEC - The 1972 Debate"

Pearse Monnet
07-11-2013, 12:07 PM
Wow! The People’s Movement have got 418 likes since the Exhibition was first announced. If you are on Facebook please do 2 things.

1) Share this link on your page https://www.facebook.com/events/533130663436781/
2) invite 5 of your friends to like "The People’s Movement" page. Thanks

C. Flower
07-11-2013, 12:39 PM
I've been asked to point out that the exhibition actually finishes on Thursday 21st November, although the notice in the OP says to the Friday. It looks very interesting and I will be trying to get to it.

Pearse Monnet
11-11-2013, 10:58 PM
take a minute to watch this footage from 1972, well worth a watch

Pearse Monnet
11-11-2013, 11:55 PM
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This coming Saturday a new interactive Exhibition will be Launched by artist Robert Ballagh at 7.00 pm
- Saturday evening the 16th November

The “Ireland into EEC - The 1972 Debate” exhibition will last from 10 in the morning on Saturday 16th November until 4.30 on Thursday the 21st in the Culture Box

For those of you not familiar with the location of the host venue of the exhibition follow these directions. . . . .

Pictured on top is said Culture Box
- It is in East Essex Street, Templebar.
- This venue is opposite Charlie’s 2 Chinese restaurant and next door to The Stage Door coffee shop

Pictured on the bottom is a photo taken from the Culture Box
- To the left is Fitzsimmons’
- To the right is Bad Bobs, Project Arts Centre and further up the street Connolly Books and the New Theatre

Pearse Monnet
12-11-2013, 12:23 AM
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Where is this fella now?
The caption of this European Movement advert in favour of a yes vote in the 1972 vote on Irish membership of the EEC is "His future hangs in the balance"

Sadly now aged 41 (?) his future still hangs in the balance, now mainly because of the EEC / EU that the European Movement encouraged us all to support!

Pearse Monnet
12-11-2013, 12:53 AM
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Much of the art-work on the No side – in cartoons, pamphlet covers, street posters, meeting notices - shows a articulate-amateur feel to it. That DIY / Do-it-Yourself mediamaking came into full bloom later in the 70’s in “zines”, and punk rock album covers / concert posters.

Pearse Monnet
13-11-2013, 10:06 PM
Material on Exhibit
Yes Side
Fianna Fáil
Fine Gael
European Movement

Also there are Government Publications from the EEC Info Office of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs

No Side
Aontacht Eireann (a short-lived splinter from FF)
Irishwomen Against the Common Market
Provisional Sinn Fein
Official Sinn Fein
Labour Party
Sovereignty Movement
Common Market Study Group
Common Market Defence Campaign
National Anti-EEC Action Committees
Wolfe Tone Society
Communist Party
Craobh na Cásca (Easter Branch) of Conradh na Gaeilge
Small Farmers Defence Association

C. Flower
13-11-2013, 10:14 PM
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Where is this fella now?
The caption of this European Movement advert in favour of a yes vote in the 1972 vote on Irish membership of the EEC is "His future hangs in the balance"

Sadly now aged 41 (?) his future still hangs in the balance, now mainly because of the EEC / EU that the European Movement encouraged us all to support!

Brisbane ?

Pearse Monnet
13-11-2013, 11:07 PM
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ya see, the No Side got the **** taken out of them in 1972 also.

Pearse Monnet
15-11-2013, 10:49 AM
Look at the once-off news-sheets and special issue editions of regular newspapers produced for the 1972 Referendum Campaign outlining arguments in favour and against Ireland joining the EEC (EU)
The “Ireland into EEC - The 1972 Debate” Exhibition will be Launched at 7.00 pm on Saturday evening the 16th November 2013 in the Culture Box (opposite Charlie’s 11 and next door to The Stage Door coffee shop), 12 East Essex Street, Templebar, Dublin 2
Exhibition will run from Sat 16th to Thur 21st inclusive from 12.00 to 6.00
Free Admission

Pearse Monnet
19-11-2013, 11:18 AM
Exhibition launch went great!

a good mixture of generations. many of the surviving activists from the No Side in the 1972 Referendum Campaign plus many younger activists from the more recent campaigns (SEA, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice, Lisbon and the Austerity Treaty aka the 2012 Fiscal Compact).

A fitting tribute to the thankless campaigning of many to retain sovereignty in a (flawed) Irish State.

Exhibition runs until Thursday at 4.30

C. Flower
19-11-2013, 11:44 AM
Delighted to hear it. Thanks for posting the images here, for those who can't make it.

Those who tweet might tweet this thread to help publicise.

Pearse Monnet
19-11-2013, 12:37 PM
10 minute feature on CPTV


Pearse Monnet
20-07-2014, 05:12 PM
The Exhibition: "Ireland into EEC - The 1972 Debate" is running in Finglas Public Library (01 8344906) until Saturday 27th July

Address: Main Shopping Centre, Jamestown Road, Finglas Village,

Opening times: Monday, Wednesday: 1.00pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm

The exhibition will have a sample of some of the material on display in the Templebar Culture Box last, as well as an interactive feature allowing visitors to access more material

Some of the new items acquired include the poster below whereby Provisional Sinn Fein were originally calling for a boycott of the vote in May 1972
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C. Flower
20-07-2014, 06:39 PM
Important exhibition - I still haven't seen it. Any chance of taking it on tour ? Perhaps link a debate to it on whether Ireand should stay in the EU or leave ?

21-07-2014, 05:18 PM
gonna go wednesday and try and get the uncle along. Important that a minority continues this fight in education and campaigning

Pearse Monnet
22-07-2014, 03:04 PM
Important exhibition - I still haven't seen it. Any chance of taking it on tour? Perhaps link a debate to it on whether Ireland should stay in the EU or leave?

The response is great; people are stopping and looking at the displays. Some who have more time are stopping and engaging with the interactive programme.

A lot who are of an age are chatting about how they voted or if not old enough in 1972 how family voted.

From chatting to someone one idea we might do for any future run is to get the figures for the electoral districts for the vote on 10th May 1972. Something like that would be of interest in a particular locality. By having this information the Exhibition becomes more relevant to people. It’s a cliché but there is a grain of truth in it “all politics is local.”

I’m getting a lot of negative opinions about the EU. But – and without resorting to stereotypes – I have always found in Working Class areas like Finglas a far higher level of opposition. The elections and referendums have always shown that.

The inverse of that point is the level of support for the EU in Middle Class areas. I was shocked when leafleting outside the LUAS stop in Stephen’s Green during whichever Treaty about the level of hostility I received. These very refined people were not very refined. Out of every 10 people who I approached 3 people were indifferent, while the rest were verbally abusive or glaring and clearly hostile to taking a leaflet outlining why people should vote No. The Green Line of course brings people into the city centre from Cowper and such like. A lot of “***** off!”, “C*nts”, “IRA Scumbags”, “child-murderers”, “fascists” with the most expressive sh*te being thrown at me being “where would you bring us instead? Huh!” “you are like the Tories in the UK, despicable!”

Re: taking it on tour. . . .

We have the material and it has been composed into chemical panels that can be stalled in whatever location.

There are two main problems that work against running the exhibition.
1) Venues
2) Volunteers

Some venues that offer a space to voluntary and community groups are keen to avoid anything overtly political, and many are put off by what they perceive as an anti-EU message. The EU has largely patronised “civil society” with funding of one sort or another. Whatever the feelings of the organisers themselves, they would feel that something like this could be biting the hand that feeds them.

A secondary problem would be getting enough people to supervise it when it’s on exhibit.
- if anyone wishes to help out let me know!

A lot of Peoples Movement dudes don’t have (enough) time because of other commitments in life (kids, work and so on). And this is completely understandable.

While I have the opportunity here I’d like to thank those who have helped out with the exhibition so far.

It can be seen as thankless to sit in attendance at an exhibition for stretches of time unoccupied or to have the same type of conversation over and over again with different people. It’s not attractive for some to do. Personally, I love it ‘cause ya get talking to people about Europe and Ireland. Depending on the way the chat goes ya can have a rare aule conversation about the nature of sovereignty, Ireland’s role in the world, independence, republicanism, democracy . . . . . .

I find “minding” the exhibition is a little like leafleting in the various campaigns over the years for the European Referendums (or Referenda or you must). (Overlooking the above mentioned hostility) when you engage people on the street, or on the doorstep you realise very quickly that most people are walking around with questions and ideas locked up inside their heads. A lot of people, in my experience, don’t feel sufficiently confident in their opinions, or confident in expressing them. Generally speaking, this results in really only a very small percentage in society connecting with likeminded people in an organised way politically. Ya don’t have to be well read to still have opinions, and an interest in politics.

It is dealing with these politically inarticulate people that some political activists are uncomfortable with. Not everyone can listen to punters sharing their own analysis with the inevitable limits in thinking and inconsistencies and so on without either
- getting into a row
- walking away in the height of irritation
- “losing” the recipient with what amounts to technical information in a field like political science or economics or history or whatever
- parroting the party line or some orthodox dogma
- or trying to recruit them into a party machine

gonna go Wednesday and try and get the uncle along. Important that a minority continues this fight in education and campaigning

great! look forward to seeing you on Wed (opening times: 1 pm. – 8 p.m.)
Hush hush ya can get free parking in Powercity if you let on you are going to shop in there. Other than that alas parking will cost ya.