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28 May 2024  

2015 Edward Phelan Lecture


By His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Venue: The College Hall, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Edward Phelan Lecture Cover PhotoDate: Thursday 26 February 2015

Time: 6.30 p.m.

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Guests are requested to be seated by 6.15 p.m.

The National University of Ireland and the International Labour Organization have collaborated in organising the 2015 Edward Phelan Lecture. This is the second lecture in the series which was established in 2013.

Both organisations feel greatly honoured that President Michael D. Higgins has agreed to give the lecture, as part of The President of Ireland’s Ethics initiative.

There will be a response from Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO.

Born in Ireland, Edward Phelan had a distinguished career at the International Labour Organisation. He was official advocate of the ILO Project at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, became its fourth Director in 1941 and Director General under its new constitution in 1946.

He was the innovator of the ILO “tripartite’ formula which forms the basis of representation at International Labour Conferences. Each country’s delegation includes not only Government delegates, but also representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, a model for social partnership.

NUI has continuing reason to honour Edward Phelan who, with his wife Fernande, left a generous bequest to the University. Among other things, this funds the prestigious NUI E J Phelan Fellowship in International Law.




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