Friday, September 20th
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM Belfast Connection
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM Celtic Connection
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM Broken Shillelaghs
8:45 PM – 10:00 PM Celtic Connection
10:15 PM – 12:00 PM Sean Fleming Band
12:30 AM – 2:30 AM 2U (World’s 2nd best U2 band)
Saturday, September 21st
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Bogside Rogues
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers
1:20 PM – 2:35 PM No Irish Need Apply
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Bogside Rogues
4:00 PM – 4:20 PM Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers
4:20 PM – 5:45 PM Kilmaine Saints
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM Celtic Connection
7:30 PM – 8:45 PM Kilmaine Saints
9:00 PM – 10:15 PM Celtic Connection
10:30 PM – 12:00 AM Sean Fleming Band
12:30 PM – 2:30 AM Secret Service Band
Sunday, September 22nd
l:00 PM – 2:30 PM Celtic Connection
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers
2:50 PM – 4:10 PM Screaming Orphans
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM Celtic Connection
The Constitutional Convention is part of the agreed Programme for Government between Fine Gael and Labour. It’s purpose is to recommend constitutional reform. Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein has correctly described the government’s proposal as ‘a lost opportunity’ which falls ‘far short of the commitments made by the two parties in the general election campaign’.
Teachta Adams said; “We had hoped that the constitutional convention would see the emergence of a new constitutional arrangement to meet the needs of 21st century Ireland. The economic crisis in this state, the revelations of corruption around some of the political parties, the findings of tribunals against leaders of Fianna Fáil in particular, allied to the success of the peace process in the north means that Ireland is in transition. Citizens want change.
The constitutional convention was an opportunity for the government to build a truly national consensus for fundamental change and to transform the existing constitutional architecture to take account of the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. It was an opportunity to agree a new constitutional design, to re-imagine Ireland, in this new century, and to put in place a constitution that has all the citizens of this nation, of this island, at its heart. A constitution that delivers on the promise of the 1916
Proclamation. What was needed is a convention that is fully inclusive and actively involves the economically disadvantaged; the socially marginalised; citizens from all provinces including the northernprovince of Ulster; unionists and their official representatives; citizens in the diaspora; ethnic minorities like the travelling community and our newest citizens – in addition to the political parties, civil society representatives, including the voluntary and community sector and those with relevant academic and legal expertise – and ensuring also the equal representation of women on the Convention.
Instead we have a proposal which significantly limits the remit of the constitutional convention. It fails to deliver a comprehensive transparent process. And unless its remit is changed it will deliver minimum change. The government chose to adopt an approach to constitutional change that is minimalist,
disjointed and piecemeal. This approach fails the mandate given to this government, fails the process of constitutional change and fails the people.
Sinn Féin will continue to press for a more fundamental process of discussion and recommendation by the convention, including a substantial engagement with the Irish diaspora.”