Northern Ireland

Ireland's Future plans largest-ever event for Belfast in June 2024

Ireland's Future CEO Gerry Carlile
Ireland's Future CEO Gerry Carlile Ireland's Future CEO Gerry Carlile

Ireland’s Future’s is planning to host its largest-ever event at Belfast's SSE Arena next year.

The civic nationalist group, whose event last October at Dublin's 3Arena attracted upwards of 5,000 people, aims to bring even greater numbers to the Titianic Quarter venue on June 8, 2024.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in September.

Since its inaugural Beyond Brexit gathering at Belfast's Waterfront Hall in January 2019, Ireland's Future has hosted a series of events across the island, in Britain and in the US.

Contributors have been drawn from a variety of pro-unity parties and members of civic society keen to broaden the conversation about a new Ireland.

It has also produced a number of policy papers, the most recent looking at the potential for a all-Ireland healthcare system.

Ireland's Future CEO Gerry Carlile said next June's Belfast event would be "part of the process of planning and preparing for change".

"It will be another opportunity for ordinary people to participate in what is fast becoming the most exciting period of change this island has ever experienced," he told The Irish News.

"The 3Arena event organised by Ireland’s Future in Dublin in October last year attracted five thousand people, and was an overwhelming success; the event in the Ulster Hall in Belfast the following month was booked out in minutes; there is enormous and growing interest in the change that is happening across the island."

Mr Carlile said the SSE Arena event promised to be a "historic day".

"It will be important as society across the island learns more about how a new Ireland can benefit every person who lives here, regardless of their identity, nationality or background," he said.