Is it time to take a fresh look at Irish statues and monuments commemorating past events and participants? 

In the last couple of years in the United States, many controversial Confederate and Civil War monuments, memorials and statues have been taken down and removed. A violent white nationalist Unite the Right protest in August against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, brought more attention to the ongoing campaign. 

On a recent edition of The History Show, presenter Myles Dungan spoke to Dan Geary (associate professor in American history at Trinity College Dublin), Clara Rose Thornton (cultural journalist and broadcaster) and John Gibney (historian with the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project) about this issue and if it's time we in Ireland took a closer look at some of our own statues and monuments.

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