The annual MacGill Summer School is taking place in Glenties, Co Donegal, from 22 - 27 July.

The title of this year's school is 'Reforming & Rebuilding our State'.


(Webcasting provided by Donegal County Council - Microsoft Silverlight player required)

Full schedule:

22 July

MacGill Summer School opened by HE Mme Emmanuelle d’Achon, Ambassador of France to Ireland. Tánaiste to deliver John Hume address at 8.30pm

23 July 

1100 The Mahon And Moriarty Tribunal Reports – How Was It Allowed To Happen? (Speakers: Michael Smith, Senator Averil Power, Elaine Byrne. Moderator: Michael Daly)

1430 Political Corruption – The Implications For Politics & The Lessons (Speakers: Frank Flannery, Noel Whelan, Pat Leahy. Moderator: Caroline Gill)

1600 A Transparent And Accountable Political System Was Not In Place (Speaker: Diarmaid Ferriter)

1730 Reforming & Rebuilding Our State -  Address by Taoiseach Enda Kenny

2030 Where Are Loyalty To, And Respect For, Our State? (In memory of Peter Mair) - (Speakers: Michael McDowell SC, Paul O’Hara, Joan Burton TD, Moderator: Prof David Farrell)

24 July 

1100 Reforming The Fundamental Structures Of Governance Of Our Republic (Speakers: Prof John Coakley, Peadar Toibín TD, Dr Niamh Hardiman. Moderator: Dr Don Thornhill)

1430 The Future Of The Catholic Church In Ireland (Speakers: Dr Diarmuid Martin. Moderator: Patsy McGarry)

1700 ‘Are We There Yet?’ (Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride)

2030 A Broad Agenda Of Reform For The Constitutional Convention (Speakers: Micheál Martin TD, Donncha O’Connell, Dan O’Brien, Alex White TD. Moderator: Prof Brigid Laffan)

25 July 

1100 Public Service Reform – The Balance Sheet? (Speakers: Robert Watt, Patricia King, Paul Haran. Moderator: Ingrid Miley RTE)

1430 Our First Preference – The Urgent Need To Reform Our Electoral System (Speakers: Brendan Halligan, Noel Dempsey. Moderator: Dr Eoin O’Malley)

1600 Is Local Government The Key To Reform Of Our Political System And Culture? (Speakers: Dr Bríd Quinn, Niall Collins TD, Dr Eoin O’Malley, Phil Hogan TD, Moderator: Dr Donal De Buitléir)

2030 With Huge Debt And Resulting Austerity, Is Serious Economic Growth Possible? (Speakers: Prof Karl Whelan, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Simon Coveney TD, Moderator: Sean Whelan RTÉ)

July 26 

1100 The Media And Democracy – Rights And Responsibilities? (Speakers: Leo Varadkar TD, Kevin O’Sullivan, Professor Roy Greenslade, Michael Heney. Moderator: Miriam O’Callaghan RTÉ)

1430 The Prospects For The Irish Economy? (Speakers: Patrick Lenain, John Moran. Moderator: Dáithi Ó Ceallaigh)

1600 The Eurozone In Crisis – Is Fiscal Union The Only Real Solution? (Speakers: Dr Alan Ahearne, Lucinda Creighton TD, Alan Gray, Prof Brigid Laffan. Moderator: David Murphy, RTÉ)

2030 Without Sustained Reform Of The Public Service And Of Politics, Full Economic Recovery Will Not Be Possible (Speakers: John McGuinness TD, Dr Frances Ruane, Tom O’Higgins, Pat Rabbitte Moderator: Dr Eddie Molloy)

July 27 

1100 Change Nation (Speakers: Paul O’Hara, Director, Ashoka Europe & Founder, Change Nation)

1115 Tearing Down The Walls: Reforming & Rebuilding With Cross-Sector Collaboration (Speakers: Madeleine Clarke, Rosanne Haggerty, Frances Fitzgerald TD, Dr Eddie Molloy. Moderator: Mark Little)

1430 Change Nation: Skills For A 21st Century Ireland (Speakers: Marc Freedman, Mark Ryan, James Whelton, John Concannon, Dr Don Thornhill. Moderator: Anne Connolly)

1600 Reframing Value: Measuring Social, Environmental And Economic Success (Speakers: Matt Flannery, Caroline Casey, Mick Kelly, Mark Little. Moderator: Carl O’Brien)

2030 Cherishing All The Children Of The Nation (Speakers: Norah Gibbons, Fr Peter McVerry SJ, Frances Fitzgerald TD Moderator: Carl O’Brien)