BBC World Service: World Questions

BBC World Questions is a series of debates held in capitals across the world in a time of change. The events, staged in partnership with the British Council, allow the public to question their politicians and thought leaders face-to-face. The debates are lead entirely by questions from the audience who are able to have their say and be heard around the world. 

BBC World Questions took place in Dublin in November 2016. Ireland is the only EU country that has a land border with the UK, and for that reason Brexit could have a profound impact. Jonathan Dimbleby hosted this lively debate in Dublin, lead entirely by questions from the audience. He was joined by a panel of four to discuss some of the most pressing issues of the day including Brexit, Donald Trump, abortion and getting young people involved in politics.

On the panel were Leo Varadkar, then Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection and a Fine Gael TD (now An Taoiseach); Mary Lou McDonald, the Deputy Party Leader for Sinn Féin; Conor Lenihan, a businessman and former Fianna Fáil Minister, and Dr JoAnne Mancini, a Senior Lecturer in History at Maynooth University.

Listen back to the recording on the BBC World Service website

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