‘Women and the Irish Constitution: a roundtable discussion’ took place on 13 February 2024 in UCD Humanities Institute. The panel included contributions from Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD, chair) Prof. Caitriona Beaumont (London South Bank University), Associate Professor Jennifer Redmond (Maynooth University), Orla O’Connor (National Women’s Council), Prof. Lindsey Earner Byrne (Trinity College Dublin) and the Sutherland School of Law Poet in Residence, Julie Morrissy.
The murder of the Weimar Republic’s foreign minister in western Berlin in the summer of 1922 is understood as a sign of German democracy’s weakness. When it is told it is recalled as a part of the history of the rise of the Nazis. By remembering it this way we also forget that in the days after his murder, just over a decade before Hitler became Chancellor, there was a mass outpouring of support for democracy, condemnation of antisemitism, and sympathy with Rathenau himself.