Irish Provincial John Dardis launched a new Jesuit initiative on Tuesday 3 February – the Conversation on Democracy in Ireland. It is a follow-on to Edmond Grace’s recent work on democracy with politicians, public servants, and community and voluntary leaders, and its aim is to get people talking and thinking with a view to developing and promoting fresh ideas on democratic government. Edmond is the Director of the Conversation. The inaugural meeting of the Council which will oversee the development of the Conversation was held today in the Hopkins Room, Leeson Street. The Chair of the Council is John Cullen, Director of the Institute of Public Administration.