2018 Programme

 38th Annual MacGill Summer School & Arts Week

Sunday July 22nd  –  Friday July 27th, 2018

THE FUTURE OF IRELAND IN A NEW EUROPE:

THE CHALLENGES AHEAD?

This year’s MacGill School will again take place in a context of change and uncertainty with the UK leaving the European Union, a political crisis in Northern Ireland, an upcoming general election in the Republic and an international situation which remains turbulent and unstable. In addition to this, in the wake of Brexit, there is the need to redefine the unity, the identity and the goals of the European Union itself.

MacGill therefore has, as always, a very full agenda which will reflect many of the issues of our time with over fifty eminent and highly qualified contributors who will look at and analyse these issues in a dispassionate and informed manner. All in all, participants at MacGill can look forward to yet another very stimulating week. 

The School will kick off on Sunday July 22nd with the official opening by the French Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Stephane Clouzat followed by the 18th Annual John Hume Lecture. For the rest of the week, sessions will include:

 

MONDAY JULY 23rd:  THE FUTURE OF IRELAND IN EUROPE

10.00 am:  BEYOND BREXIT: IRELAND IN EUROPE THE FUTURE SCENARIO? 

followed by

  OPEN FORUM

2.30 pm:    TBA

4.00 pm:   WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR RELATIONS BETWEEN THESE ISLANDS?

8.30 pm:   SQUARING THE CIRCLE: IF THE UK IS OUT OF THE CUSTOMS UNION AND THE SINGLE MARKET, HOW IS A HARD BORDER TO BE AVOIDED?

 

TUESDAY JULY 24th: BUILDING A STRONGER EUROPE IN A TURBULENT WORLD

11.00 am:  MAKING EUROPE MORE SECURE – OPTING OUT OF ITS DEFENCE IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE?

2.30 pm:   TBA

4.00 pm:   THE EUROPE AS ENVISAGED BY EMMANUEL MACRON AND IRELAND’S PLACE WITHIN IT?

8.30 pm:    DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE? OUR CORPORATE TAX SYSTEM MUST REFLECT OUR VALUES AND END OUR REPUTATION AS A TAX HAVEN

 

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 25th: REFORMING IRELAND TO FACE THE CHALLENGES AHEAD

11.00 am:   WILL THE UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTION PROVIDE US WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE WE NEED?                            

2.30 pm:    TBA

4.00pm:     DECARBONISING OUR ENERGY AND GUARANTEEING ITS SUPPLY INTO THE FUTURE

8.30 pm:    OUR HEALTH SYSTEM – IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN MAKE IT FIT FOR PURPOSE?

 

THURSDAY JULY 26th: IRELAND IN A CHANGING AND UNCERTAIN WORLD

11.00 am   THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND – WILL IT SURVIVE? SHOULD IT MATTER?

2.30 pm:   TBA

4.00 pm    IT’S BOOM AND BLOOM AGAIN, BUT DOES OUR INDUSTRIAL POLICY LEAVE US VULNERABLE IN A TURBULENT WORLD?

8.30 pm:   INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDING HOUSING IS KEY BUT WILL THE PLANNING FRAMEWORK 2040 BE IMPLEMENTED?

 

FRIDAY, JULY 27th: INTO THE FUTURE

11.00 am   CAN WE MAINTAIN STRONG GROWTH AND A HEALTHY ECONOMY? WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND HOW TO CONFRONT THEM?

2.30 pm:   DARK FORCES ARE UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY – CAN IT SURVIVE?

5.00 pm:   TRUMP’S AMERICA

8.30 pm:   LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: THE PRIORITIES?

 

More detailed information will follow on this page, and online booking facilities will be made available around the end of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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