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Public Talk: DIAS and DeValera

June 1 - June 19


DIAS was established in 1940 by the then Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera under the Institute for Advanced Studies Act, 1940 in Dublin, Ireland.

As set out in its legislation, ‘the functions of the Institute shall be to provide facilities for the furtherance of advanced study and the conduct of research in specialised branches of knowledge and for the publication of results of advanced study and research.

The founding of the Institute was somewhat controversial, since at the time only a minority were successfully completing primary education, and university education was for the privileged.

By this reasoning, the creation of a high-level research institute was a waste of scarce resources. However, Éamon de Valera was aware of the great symbolic importance such a body would have on the international stage for Ireland and on the 19 June 1940 signed the act into law.

We delve further into this with a panel discussion during DIASfest. Full details will be posted here shortly.