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# macgill - Friday 26 July, 2019

Ian Paisley Jr accuses Coveney and Varadkar of 'unnecessarily aggressive' language

Varadkar said earlier today that Boris Johnson will have to “depart” from what he’s said recently if he wants a Brexit deal.

# macgill - Tuesday 10 July, 2018

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.

# macgill - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

MacGill Summer School to hold session on why it hasn't embraced gender balance following controversy

The Director of MacGill said, “We are determined to do all that we can to redress this imbalance”.

'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.

# macgill - Friday 24 July, 2015

# macgill - Saturday 26 July, 2014

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…

# macgill - Thursday 24 July, 2014

'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.

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 - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Sorry Michael: Spending watchdog still thinks Noonan should cut €2bn in the budget

Economic figures warned Michael Noonan that the hard slog is not over at the MacGill Summer School tonight.

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.

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.

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 - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

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.

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.

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.

'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.

'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.

Stephen Donnelly: Nobody takes the Dáil seriously... including TDs

The independent TD says he has no regrets about quitting the banking inquiry last month.

# macgill - Monday 21 July, 2014

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.

Flannery 'holding options open' on proceedings over PAC's Rehab inquiry

Angela Kerins has launched legal action against ‘deeply distressing’ inquiry into her involvement with Rehab.

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.

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…

'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.

Joan Burton: Above all else, the Israelis need to stand back from their actions in Gaza

The Tánaiste said that “viable ceasefire” is needed in the Middle East after a weekend of violence.

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.

# macgill - Sunday 11 August, 2013

Here's what I learned from hitching around Ireland Hitchhiker's Guide This post contains images

Here's what I learned from hitching around Ireland

Last month, Ruairí McKiernan hitchhiked around the country, recording people’s thoughts about the country. He heard from them about an Ireland where people are optimistic about the future – but also very, very angry.

# macgill - Friday 2 August, 2013

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 - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

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.

# macgill - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Here Is What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everybody’s talking about the sad death of Colm Murray, the tragic case of the Chada brothers, and Michael D signing the abortion bill into law.

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.

# macgill - Friday 27 July, 2012

Creighton: 'We need a competitive federal Europe'

Lucinda Creighton says that Ireland must forge a joint course with the rest of Europe in order to weather the current economic storm.

# macgill - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Mary Lou McDonald: "Austerity will not cure the deficit"

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, McDonald said that the Government’s action plan on jobs ticks all the boxes – bar creating jobs.

# macgill - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform

Phil Hogan says his reforms will see local services managed locally – with the number of councils being pulled back.

# macgill - Monday 23 July, 2012

Burton questions 'loyalty to the State' of tax exiles

Speaking a the MacGill summer school, Joan Burton says taxes are high enough – but there are too many loopholes to avoid them.

Kenny promises new political corruption laws, with up to 10-year jail terms

The Taoiseach says the government has accepted a Mahon recommendation to legislate against political corruption.

# macgill - Sunday 22 July, 2012

Corruption and the Catholic Church up for discussion at MacGill Summer School

Government ministers, journalists and academics will be speaking at the 32nd MacGill Summer School which starts tonight in Donegal.

# macgill - Tuesday 26 July, 2011

Poll: Should the State abolish the cap on bankers' pay? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the State abolish the cap on bankers' pay?

Matthew Elderfield says the pay cap is making it tough to get the best talent. Should we consider lifting it?

# macgill - Sunday 25 July, 2010

The Orange Order has welcomed a proposal by former Táiniste Michael McDowell to declare July 12 an all-Ireland holiday – and has suggested dyeing the River Liffey orange for such a holiday.

Robert Saulters, the Order’s Grand Master – which itself is administered as an all-Ireland entity – believes the declaration of the holiday would be a “very nice gesture”.

The Order’s grand chaplain, Rev Stanley Gamble, said it would be “a monumental step in the right direction” and would provide unique tourist potential for the island.

“It would provide Ireland with a golden opportunity to repeat the success of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin,” Gamble told the Sunday Times.

And replicating the tradition of putting green dye in the Liffey on March 17, he posited: “Can you imagine tourists flocking from all over the world to see the Liffey turned orange?”

McDowell’s proposals came at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal where he suggested Irish ministers should attend Twelfth of July demonstrations in the North, just as they attend St Patrick’s Day parades overseas.

The chances of their being Twelfth parades in Dublin are slim, however, with the Love Ulster parade planned for Dublin in 2006 ending in a massive riot.

There were 34,538 Orange Order members in Ireland last year, according to the paper.

# macgill - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

FORMER TÁNAISTE and Justice Minister Michael McDowell has refused to rule out a return to politics. McDowell was speaking at the MacGill Summer School, where he was asked a question on whether he would rejoin Fine Gael, a party he left in the mid-1980s when he became a founding member of the Progressive Democrats.

McDowell replied: “I don’t propose discussing this on a platform in Glenties with all these cameras around me.”

He is currently working at the Bar and is widely believed to be one of the country’s most successful barristers.

McDowell lost his seat in the 2007 general election, when John Gormley took the final seat in the Dublin South East constituency.

A return to politics by McDowell may stir up trouble between Enda Kenny and sitting Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East, Lucinda Creighton.

Creighton launched a public attack on Kenny yesterday.

McDowell also said the government should extend the hand of friendship to Orangemen by making July 12 a national holiday.

Commentary from the MacGill school can be followed on Twitter. A webcast of speeches at the school is also online.

FORMER CHAIRMAN of An Board Snip Nua, Colm McCarty says that the current economic crisis was ‘self-inflicted’ and ‘avoidable’.

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School last night, McCarthy said the current crisis is worse than the crisis of the 1980s. He says we didn’t have a banking crisis then and we had the ability to devalue the punt, which was a major benefit.

McCarthy said there was a failure of governance in the country: “We’ve had relatively a bigger banking collapse than anyone else.” Most of the damage was “self-inflicted and could have been avoided,” he said. There were plenty of warnings but these were not heeded.

McCarthy also complained that “public debate is dominated by lobbyists and not by analysis.” He also blamed the media, saying that public debate on the economy was not serious enough.

“A lot of the broadsheet media have gone downmarket,” he said. He also pointed the finger at RTÉ. “The media, again, tend to be quite willingly fed by lobbyists”, with a lot of “rewritten PR handouts”.

He said that the role of auditors in banking had been a “fiasco” and that this should be investigated.

McCarthy also said that the senate should be abolished as it was a waste of minister’s time.

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