Sep 25, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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The radical Dr Charles Lucas dominated civic politics in Dublin in the mid 18th century. His aim was to curb the power of the aldermen, who formed a self-perpetuating oligarchy on the Dublin City Assembly, and transfer their authority to the commons, who were elected by the trade guilds.
In pursuit of this goal, Lucas suffered imprisonment and exile before achieving ultimate success, when the City Assembly was restructured under an Act of Parliament in 1760, giving the commons a greater say in civic affairs. Lucas returned to Dublin and founded the Freeman's Journal as a mouthpiece for his political ideas. His funeral in November 1771 was virtually a state affair, attended by the Lord Mayor and members of the Irish Parliament.
A number of speakers will speak about Dr Lucas. The event has been organised by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, in association ith Dublin City Archives.
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