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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# MacGill

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# Brexit
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.
# 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.
# new session
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”.
# 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.
# Careful Now
Enda Kenny warns voters not to choose 'political freakshow' of the Opposition
Is it election season already?
# 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…
# 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
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.
# 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
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
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.
# Rehab Group
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.
# 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…
# 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.
# Viable ceasefire
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.
# 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.
# hitchhiker's guide
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.
# 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.
# News Fix
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.
# 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.
# MacGill
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
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.
# councils
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
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.
# MacGill
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.
# talk it out
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.
# Your Say
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?
# Twelfth of July
Orange you glad they'd dye the Liffey?
The Orange Order welcomes proposals to make July 12 a national holiday – and would dye the Liffey orange.
# Fine Gael
Will McDowell return to politics?
He certainly hasn’t ruled it out.
# MacGill
McCarthy says economic crisis was 'self-inflicted' and 'avoidable'
The former chairman of An Board Snip speaks at the MacGill Summer School.