Reforming anbd Rebuilding the Republic is the theme for this year’s annual MacGill Summer School and Arts Week which opens in Glenties next Sunday, July 22 and runs until Friday, July 27.
The prestigious event will be officially opened by the Ambassador of France in Ireland, H.E. Mme Emmanuelle D’Achon at 8.30pm and this will be followed by the twelfth annual John Hume Lecture which this year will be delivered by An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade and leader of the Labour Party.
During the week there will be generally four sessions on each day at 11am., 2.30pm, 4pm and 8.30pm. Up to fifty speakers will contribute to this year’s theme.
Topics for discussion and analysis include the Moriarty and Mahon Tribunal Reports - how it was allowed to happen; political corruption - the implications for politics and the lessons; a transparent and accountable political system was not in place; where are loyalty to and respect for the State?; reforming the fundamental structure sof governance of our Republic; the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland; our first preference- the need to reform our electoral system; is local government the key to reform of our political system and culture?; a broad agenda of reform fo the constitutional convention; the media and democracy-rights and responsibilities?; public service reform - the Balance Sheet?; with the huge debt and resulting austerity is serious economic growth possible to achieve?; the prospects for the Irish economy? the Eurozone in crisis - is fiscal union the only real solution?; without sustained reform of the public service and of politics full economic recovery is not possible and cherishing all the children of the nation
Changing the Nation
‘Change Nation’, in association with the ASHOKA organisation is an extraordinary group of young social entrepreneurs who have innovative plans and radically new thinking to tackle problems in education, health, environment, economic development and citizen participation. Three sessions on the final day of MacGill with national and international contributors will reveal the creativity, energy and practical realism of these young people: Tearing Down the Walls—Reforming and Rebuilding with Cross-Sector Collaboration, Skills For A 21st Century Ireland and Reframing Values.