Dublin politician Heather Humphreys to attend Presbyterian 1916 conference

Dublin heritage minister Heather Humphreys is a Presbyterian
Dublin heritage minister Heather Humphreys is a Presbyterian

The Republic’s heritage minister is to attend a Presbyterian-run conference next month, examining both the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising.

Heather Humphreys – a Fine Gael TD who is herself a Presbyterian – will attend the event on January 21 – titled ‘The Future of Our Past: Remembering and Reassessing 1916’ – along with the moderator of the church in Ireland Dr Trevor Morrow.

They will appear alongside academics Dr Fearghal McGarry and Professor Keith Jeffery, and commentators Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards and Eamonn Mallie.

The event is organised by church’s Union Theological College, and its Council for Church in Society.

College Principal, Very Rev Professor Stafford Carson, said in a statement: “The Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme have been assimilated into the mythology of Irish history and as a result, they have helped us to create conflicting accounts of the past.”

The gathering aims to help attendees think how “we might work together for the common good in the context of different understandings of the past”.

It begins at 10am, is open to all, and will be held at Belfast’s Assembly Buildings.

Tickets range from £12 to £20 and can be booked at: www.presbyterianireland.org/publicsquare .