David Irving (Fascist and Holocaust denier) to speak at NUIG

“David Irving has been invited to speak at NUI Galway’s Literary and Debating Society. The fascist and Holocaust denier David Irving has been invited by the Literary and Debating Society (Lit & Deb) to attend a debate at NUI Galway on the 19th March. The invitation was granted after an initial debate last Thursday as to whether Irving would be allowed speak. A vote was held after this debate, with the result: 100 for and 63 against inviting Irving. It is unclear whether it was Lit & Deb who approached Irving or if it was Irving who offered to speak. If it was Irving’s offer, it shows how intent he is to speak, especially on prestigious university platforms. In March 2008, the UCC Philosoph invited Irving but the debate was cancelled due to protests and the campaigning of the Stop Irving Campaign. Unlike UCC, this debate will focus directly on Irving’s views on the Holocaust, not just free speech. The motion will probably be of the form: ‘That This House believes the Holocaust happened’ …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 25 January]

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