Minister and high level panel confirmed for Allingham Festival

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan will be joined by a distinguished panel at this year’s Allingham Festival in Ballyshannon.

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan will be joined by a distinguished panel at this year’s Allingham Festival in Ballyshannon.

He’ll be delivering the second annual Allingham Lecture on Friday, November 8 at 8pm in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon,

Minister Hogan, who last year announced major changes to reform local government, with the publication of ‘Putting People First’, is now finalising those plans for a Local Government Bill to be published shortly. This eagerly awaited legislation will map out the future for local government in Ireland.

Minister Hogan’s attendance has been secured as part of the Ballyshannon 400 celebrations which have been ongoing throughout 2013. The timing of this lecture is seen as significant and is a major coup for the Allingham Arts Festival which runs November 7-10.

The title of his talk is “Local Government Reform – will it put Citizens and Local Communities First?”. It is expected the minister will

offer detail on his plans which will see the abolition of town councils across Ireland.

This will be the first time Minister Hogan will speak in depth about the plans for reform and his comments are expected to attract widespread national interest.


A number of leading national academics - Dr. Sean O’Riordian, Dr. Brid Quinn and Mr. Tom Dowling - will join Minister Hogan for

a panel session following his address.

The Chair for the Lecture will be Ms. Terry Prone, one of The Communications Clinic’s best-known faces. Terry is in constant demand by radio and TV programmers as an authority on communications issues. A leading author on public communications, she has published six non-fiction best-sellers, including Write and Get Paid for It and Do Your Own Publicity. Terry will be launching her new

book ‘Coach’, facilitating a seminar “Interviews and Public Relations” and reading during the festival.

Dr. Seán O’Riordáin is one of the most experienced independent public policy consultants in Ireland, with almost 30 years of experience. He has advised on both national and local policy development in Ireland. He has also considerable experience

on major environmental assessment studies across the globe.

Dr. Bríd Quinn lectures in public administration at the University of Limerick and specialises in European local government, administrative reform and EU policies and processes.

Tom Dowling is a former county manager of Meath and Carlow, and a lecturer with the Institute of Public Administration. He founded, created and chairs the All Ireland IPB Pride of Place and is chairman of Third Age Ireland.

Festival Programme

The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Roald Naess will open what promises to be an extremely topical and varied programme of events for the Allingham Arts Festival 2013 on Thursday, November 7.

The programme will include: the fascinating discovery by researcher Eva Hov in Trondheim, Norway of Allingham family writings and music which have not been seen for 200 years; the launch of a new book ‘Coach’ by Terry Prone; the Allingham Arts Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition Final in Dicey Reilly’s Bar on Friday night (following the lecture); acclaimed poets, authors and musicians Rita Anne Higgins, Colm Keegan, John Sheahan (Dubliners) and John Spillane among others will also be there to workshop and entertain.

Full programme on or the Allingham Arts Festival Facebook page.