MacGill Summer School

Papers Delivered at MacGill 2013

THE 2013 MACGILL SUMMER SCHOOL

 

 LOOKING TO 2016 – HOW STANDS THE REPUBLIC?

For several years now, and especially since the sudden and brutal fall of the Celtic Tiger, the MacGill School has focussed on reform of the institutions of the state – political, social and economic.  With webcasting and the sterling work of our colleagues in broadcasting and the press, this message goes far beyond the conference hall. As has been pointed out many times at MacGill, radical reform of our politics and governance in general has to be a priority if we are not to have recurring crises of the kind we are living painfully through at this time and it has to come from the bottom up.

Of course, other European countries are also in deep crisis but we appear to have had nothing but crises since the foundation of the state and have only once been able to offer our citizens the fundamental right of a job in their own country and that was in the first decade of the 21st century.  We blew it by having people in authority in various sectors who were, to say the least, negligent and incompetent – and unaccountable.

As the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising approaches, what better time is there to look at the republic which came about as a result of that event?  Is this the republic that was dreamt of by Pearse, Connolly and the other brave men and women who marched up to the GPO on that fateful Easter morning?  Do we even recognise and cherish the republic we live in?  Do we act and behave according to republican principles?  The greed and avarice and the irresponsible behaviour which we have witnessed in the last decade would indicate that the answer is definitely, no and that respect throughout the population, young and old, for the republic and its institutions is not what it should be.

We have almost three years to prepare ourselves to honour the memory of 1916.  We have the horrendously difficult task of rebuilding our economy and all the signs are that we have quite a long way to go before that crucially important objective is achieved.  But we must, in parallel, reform our institutions so that we have a republic that is a model of the highest standards of integrity and of competence and one to which we are proud to give our loyalty.  ‘Standing by the Republic’ is an expression we need to hear more often.

JM

Official Opening of the 2013 MacGill Summer School
H.E. Mr Niels Pultz, Danish Ambassador to Ireland

 

The 13th Annual John Hume Lecture

AS A REPUBLIC, WE HAVE THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO DEVELOP FIRST CLASS HUMAN RIGHTS
Emily O’Reilly, former Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, European Ombudsman 

 

THE REPUBLIC — RHETORIC OR REALITY?

THERE IS A CRISIS IN THE IRISH STATE
Prof Dermot Keogh, Emeritus Professor of History, University College Cork

THE HOLLOWNESS OF THE RHETORIC OF IRISH REPUBLICANISM
Dr Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern History, University College Dublin

WHO OWNS THE REPUBLIC?
Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University, Belfast 

THE AMBIGUOUS REPUBLIC – WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
Theo Dorgan, poet, novelist and broadcaster, author of ‘Greek’, Sailing for Home’ and ‘Making Way’

NONE OF THE STATE’S INSTITUTIONAL ARMS IS IN WORKING ORDER
Fintan O’Toole, Assistant Editor, The Irish Times, Author and Columnist

BUILDING A NEW REPUBLIC – LET’S BEGIN NOW
Gerry Adams TD, President of Sinn Féin, Dáil deputy for Louth

“WHAT IF THE DREAM CAME TRUE?” – PEARSE, IDEOLOGY AND THE REPUBLIC
Dr Elaine Sisson, Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, IADT.  Author of ‘Pearse’s Patriots: St Enda’s and the Cult of Boyhood’

TRUST IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC MUST BEGIN WITH POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
Prof Gearoid O Tuathaigh, Emeritus Professor of  History, UCG

WHY AND HOW DID WE AND DO WE LET IT HAPPEN?
Maurice Fitpatrick, Lecturer at the University of Cologne, film documentary maker

ELITISM THRIVES IN IRELAND’S ADMINISTRATIVE CRADLES
Justine McCarthy, Writer and Journalist, Sunday Times columnist

 

GOVERNANCE OF THE REPUBLIC

OUR REPUBLIC NEEDS TO RESTATE ITS VALUES AND ITS GOALS
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Labour Party deputy for Dublin North-Central

IT IS TIME FOR FUNDAMENTAL POLITICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORM
Catherine Murphy TD,  Independent deputy for Kildare North

BRINGING REFORM TO THE BACKROOM OF POLITICS
Eoghan Murphy TD, Fine Gael deputy for Dublin South-East, member of Public Accounts
Committee

MORE WOMEN IN POLITICS MATTERS
Niamh Gallagher, co-founder of Women for Election organisation

THE GAP BETWEEN THE CITIZENS AND THEIR DEMOCRACY CONTINUES TO GROW
Dr Theresa Reidy, Lecturer in Dept of Government, University College Cork

THE CRISIS IN DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY
Michael McDowell SC, Barrister and Columnist, former Attorney-General and Tánaiste

REAL REFORM MUST REDUCE GOVERNMENT CONTROL
Micheál Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fáil

TIME FOR REVOLUTIONARY AND VISIONARY THINKING
Vincent P Martin, Barrister and co-founder, New Beginning

TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY FAIRLY AND EFFICIENTLY COLLECTING TAXES AND DUTIES AND IMPLEMENTING CUSTOMS CONTROLS 
Josephine Feehily, Chairman of the Office of Revenue Commissioners

PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM: THE NEXT BIG ‘ASKS’
Dr Eddie Molloy, Director, Advance organisation, Management Consultant

GOVERNANCE IN DENMARK – HOW WAS IT CONSTRUCTED AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Dr Bo Lidegaard, Editor-in-Chief Politiken, diplomat, historian and writer

 

PROTECTING THE WEAKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE

GOVERNMENTS MUST MANAGE THEIR AFFAIRS – NOT GET ELECTED ON SPURIOUS PROMISES
Geoff Meagher, National President, Society of St Vincent de Paul

EQUALITY AS RHETORIC: THE CARELESS STATE OF IRELAND
Prof Kathleen Lynch, Equality Studies Centre, UCD School of Social Justice

CREATING A FLOURISHING SOCIETY THAT MEETS PEOPLE’S NEEDS
Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy, The Wheel

PRISONS – A LOT DONE, MORE TO DO
Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons

ARE WE GOING TO STAND BY THE CHILDREN OF THE REPUBLIC?
Norah Gibbons, Chairwoman of the Child and Family Agency

AWARE: A STORY OF HOPE
Dr Claire Hayes, Clinical Director, AWARE

THE HUMAN HEART AND MIND IS THE REAL STARTING POINT
Mary McEvoy, Actress and broadcaster, author of ‘How The Light Gets In’

A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State at Dept of Health

WE MUST HAVE THE COURAGE AND VISION TO RADICALLY CHANGE THE REPUBLIC
Colm O’Gorman, Director, Amnesty International

VALUES OF JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS SIMPLY MEAN A CHANGE OF MIND-SET
Noeline Blackwell, Director-General, FLAC

 

HEALTH AND EDUCATION

WE CAN HAVE ONE OF THE BEST HEALTH SERVICES IN THE WORLD
Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health

FOCUS ON THE QUALITY OF ACADEMICS AND QUALITY AND EXCELLENCE WILL FOLLOW
Prof Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University of Florence(EUI)

THE EXCITING FUTURE OF EDUCATION POSES MAJOR CHALLENGES
Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills

BEYOND UTILITARIAN UNDERSTANDINGS OF EDUCATION
Brother Martin Browne OSB, Headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School

 

THE ECONOMY AFTER THE TROIKA

AFTER THE TROIKA VERY TIGHT FISCAL DISCIPLINE WILL BE NECESSARY
Anthony Foley, Dublin City University Business School

TAKING A HARD LOOK AT LONG TERM ECONOMIC POLICY FORMULATION
Michael McGrath TD, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Finance

MANAGING THE ECONOMY AND PUBLIC FINANCES AFTER THE TROIKA
Peter Breuer, Resident Representative of the IMF in Ireland

IRELAND HAS TURNED A VERY DIFFICULT CORNER
Brian Hayes TD, Minister for State at Dept of Finance

AUSTERITY IS VIOLENCE PERPETRATED AGAINST WORKING PEOPLE
Jack O’Connor, President SIPTU

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO RESTORE ORDER TO THE PUBLIC FINANCES
Dr Alan Ahearne, Lecturer in Economics, UCG, fellow of the Bruegel Institute, Brussels

WE MUST REMAIN COMMITTED TO RETURNING IRELAND TO A SOUND FISCAL FOOTING
John Moran, Secretary-General, Department of Finance

 

BANKS AND BANKING

THE STATE OF THE BANKING SYSTEM
Dr Donal Donovan, former Deputy Director IMF, co-author of ‘The Fall of the Celtic Tiger’

RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN THE BANKING SYSTEM
Fiona Muldoon, Central Bank of Ireland

WHY WAS THE IRISH CRISIS THE WORST?
Brendan Keenan, former Independent Group Finance Editor, columnist and broadcaster

 WE NEED A PROPER BANKING INQUIRY
 Richard Curran, columnist and broadcaster, co-author of ‘The Man who Broke Irish Nationwide’

 

DEVELOPING OUR OWN RESOURCES

IRELAND IS A HIGHLY PROFITABLE LOCATION FOR MULTINATIONALS
George Lee, RTE Economist

 

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

THE CRISIS OF TRUST IN POLITICS AND LACK OF REFORM
Dr  Maureen Gaffney, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Society, UCD.  Writer and broadcaster

FAITH IN THE FUTURE 
Gerard O’Neill, Chairman, Amarach Research, author of  ‘2016: A New Proclamation for a New Generation’ (2010)

 

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