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# MacGill Summer School

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# Ukraine grain
Agriculture Minister hits out at Putin's 'despotic regime' and 'weaponising' of food
Minister McConalogue said he and “the farm families of Ireland stand in full solidarity with our farming brothers in sisters at this time”.
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# macgill school
Sean O’Rourke to interview the Taoiseach today in highest-profile outing since Golfgate
O’Rourke is to interview Micheál Martin as part of the MacGill Summer School programme.
# rural wifi
'It is not our job to hide our views': Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan stands over his opinion
Watt caused controversy recently when documents warning the government against proceeding with the NBP were published.
# maria bailey
Calls for Josepha Madigan to give fuller account of her part in ‘swing-gate’
Minister Bruton says Madigan has no further questions to answer in relation to case.
# climate action
Minister in favour of 'naming and shaming' supermarkets that fail to reduce plastic packaging
Minister Richard Bruton says he is willing to take a tougher stance on supermarkets who fail to pull their weight when it comes to reducing plastics.
# hold on to your hats
Boris Johnson in Downing Street 'quite rightly raises enormous fears', says Micheál Martin
Martin said the last time Johnson was in Ireland, he didn’t show the ‘slightest level of understanding’ about the the Good Friday Agreement.
# Non Committal Business Language
AIB chair says he wouldn't hire a candidate with the 'uncombed hair' and 'racist language' of Boris Johnson
AIB chairman Richard Pym said he would be abandoning “non-committal business-person language”. And he did.
# Planning ahead
Where's Fianna Fáil's promised 12-point plan on a United Ireland?
In 2017, Fianna Fáil said it planned to publish a white paper on unification.
# gender balance
Joe Mulholland defends MacGill Summer School against 'male, pale and stale' accusations after sexism storm
The summer school is due to kick off this weekend.
# Controversy
After controversy, MacGill Summer School confirms list of names for 8th Ref and gender panels
High-profile campaigners from the Yes and No campaigns are amongst those taking part.
# I'm out
'It's grotesque': Fintan O'Toole pulls out of MacGill Summer School event over gender balance controversy
O’Toole’s name had appeared on a solely male list of speakers for a panel discussion on gender stereotypes.
# Joe Mulholland
'I tried my best - obviously my best is not good enough': MacGill Summer School founder on gender balance criticism
Two Social Democrats TDs have pulled out of the festival in the wake of criticism of the event’s gender balance. We spoke to its founder, Joe Mulholland.
# condemned
McDonald: 'Burning of McGuinness effigy on loyalist bonfire was a hate crime'
The Sinn Féin deputy leader said the burning of political posters must end.
# Bad timing
'The optics are bad': Criticism levelled at Garda Commissioner for taking five-week holiday
Labour and Sinn Féin described the timing of the break as ‘strange’.
# policing
Ireland 'shouldn't go down US route of splitting security and policing'
The chair of the Future of Policing Commission said splitting security and policing systems might not be the answer to tackling terrorism.
# brexit tax
A post-Brexit trip to Belfast to buy a new TV will mean you'll pay duty plus VAT, says TD
Pearse Doherty said there will be big tax implications if the customs union ends.
# Baby I Got Your Money
Don't worry, Paschal has found the money to refund your water charges
Paschal Donohoe has identified an under-spend across all departments of €300 million.
# Careful Now
Enda Kenny warns voters not to choose 'political freakshow' of the Opposition
Is it election season already?
# MacGill Summer School
Ervia boss: "Even in Greece... they pay for their water services"
Michael McNicholas also said “more could have been done to make the case for payment.”
# MacGill
Here are 9 things we learned from the Electric Picnic of politics
Where do politicos, academics and Oireachtas nerds spend their summer holidays? In Glenties of course…
Opinion: Voter turnout isn’t a problem, so let’s stop all the hand-wringing
Do we really need to solve the ‘problem’ of low turnout?
# MacGill
'I was offered class A drugs, but I was never offered the chance to volunteer'
The MacGill Summer School has been discussing the causes of young people’s apathy towards politics.
# MacGill
Top civil servant: Public sector workers who don't perform should 'of course' be sacked
Senior civil servant Robert Watt called for a debate on making it easier to sack public sector workers at the MacGill Summer School yesterday.
# MacGill
This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers
Robert Watt has admitted it is easier to sack workers in the private sector than it is in the public sector.
# Fianna Fáil
Mary Coughlan: A lot of people would like me to go back into politics - but I'm not sure
Coughlan also admitted this morning that a lot of people thought she was out of her depth as Tánaiste.
# Not happening... yet
Left Alliance? Independent TDs deny that they're about to form a new political party
Speculation has been mounting that left wing independent TDs are about to form a political party.
# MacGill
Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin rule out going into government with Sinn Féin
Earlier, Health Minister Varadkar said he doesn’t think anyone believes Gerry Adams when he denies past membership of the IRA.
# Medical Cards
Leo tells health lobby: Stop attacking me and weakening me
The Health Minister has said he will consider proposals from an expert panel on medical card eligibility.
# MacGill
Commissioner: The guards are damaged and hurting - but we aren't broken
Acting garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has been speaking at the MacGill Summer school in Glenties this evening.
# MacGill
'If I was Minister for Finance I would meet Donald Trump - but not on his terms'
Michael Noonan’s rendezvous with ‘The Donald’ in May was criticised at MacGill this afternoon.
# MacGill
'We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael'
Lucinda Creighton has said that the window of opportunity for a new political movement is closing.
# MacGill
Michael McDowell doesn't think much of the government's plans to reform the guards
The former justice minister has been speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight.
# Frankly speaking
Frank Flannery: Fine Gael's local election campaign was one of the worst I ever saw
The former Rehab chief and Fine Gael strategist has been speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal.
# make it stop
It may be all over, but they're still talking about the Garth Brooks saga in Donegal
The MacGill Summer School heard a bit of Garth chat this morning…
# news wrap
Lunchtime Fix: 6 things you need to know
Catch up as you refuel.
# MacGill
'A feature of our calamities in Ireland is that we keep repeating them'
The MacGill Summer School has been discussing how to restore trust and credibility in our institutions.
# Nerdathon
The political version of the Electric Picnic is happening in a small Donegal village all this week
Glenties plays host to the 34th annual MacGill Summer School all week.
# Austerity
SIPTU President claims austerity is leading to 'Americanisation of Europe'
Jack O’Connor tells the MacGill summer school that austerity is a “violence perpetrated against working people”.
# MacGill
Gerry Adams: The institutions of the State have their backs to the border
“The prevailing sense among the policy makers is to perpetuate the status quo,” the Sinn Féin President has told the MacGill Summer School in the Glenties this evening.
# Political Reform
Martin: Taoiseach's political reform claims are 'transparently ridiculous'
Micheál Martin has proposed a series of radical reforms if Fianna Fáil was in government at the MacGill Summer School in the Glenties tonight.