MacGill Summer School 2024
July 18th-20th

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The MacGill Summer School, in association with University of Notre Dame, is Ireland's international forum for thought leaders to discuss the critical issues facing the country, Europe, and our world.

The MacGill Summer School was founded over forty years ago in the small town of Glenties in County Donegal and has grown from very modest beginnings to being one of the most important fora in Ireland for the analysis of topics of national and international interest.

It has consistently been a source of innovative and fresh thinking on a range of social, economic, and political ideas. Every July it brings together government ministers, parliamentarians, heads of industry, trade union leaders, economists, sociologists, church leaders and a broad range of public representatives from the North and South of Ireland, and beyond. 

In 2024, the event will take place at The Highlands Hotel on July 18th-20th and is in association with University of Notre Dame.

Schedule Highlights 2024

 

On The Brink

 

 

11.00 Opening of MacGill School 2024
11.15 On the Brink
  • Brigid Laffan, Chancellor of University of Limerick
  • Mark Little, Media Entrepreneur
  • Prof. Ciaran Martin CB, University of Oxford & Founding Chief Executive of UK National Cyber Security Centre at GCHQ
12.30 Interval
14.00 Beyond GDP: How will Ireland spend its billions?
  • Prof. Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Emma Howard, Technological University of Dublin
15.30 Break
16.00  The future of media and public service broadcasting
  • Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Former Chair of RTÉ & Former Chair of TG4
  • Prof. Brian MacCraith, Chair of Future of Media Commission (2020 – 2022) & Former President of Dublin City University
17.00  Northern Ireland: Past, present & future
  • Noel Doran, Former Editor of Irish News
18.00  BREAK
20.00 Have we lost the run of ourselves?
  • Sarah Carey, Journalist
21.30 CLOSE

  * Programme is subject to change

On The Brink

 

 

1o.00 Opening of Day 2
10.05 Disease X: The Next Public Health Crisis
  • Prof. Tony Holohan, Director of Centre One Health UCD & Former Irish Chief Medical Officer
11.00 Break
11.15 Election Integrity n an era of AI
  • Prof. Barry O’Sullivan, University College Cork
12.45 Interval
14.00  Ireland needs immigration? 
  • Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times
  • Dr. James Carr, University of Limerick
  • Prof. Roja Fazaeli, Established Professor in Law and Islamic Studies University of Galway
  • Jess Majekodunmi, Design Historian  
  • Deputy James Lawless, TD Fianna Fáil & Chair Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice
15.30  Break
15.45 Intelligence capabilities for a world on the brink
  • Prof. Ed Burke, Assistant Professor in the History of War since 1945 at University College Dublin
  • Brigadier Phil McKee, former Director-General of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
16.30  Break
16.45 Extremism, Threats & Uncertainty: Is Ireland ready for what’s next?
  • Caitríona Heinl, Executive Director Azure Forum
  • Brigadier Phil McKee, former Director-General of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
  • Prof. Ciaran Martin, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Maura Conway, Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at DCU
  • Micheal O’Sullivan, Former Assistant Garda Commissioner – National Crime & Security Intelligence Service
20.00 What if Trump wins?
  • John O’Brennan, Maynooth University
  • Prof. Robert Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame
  • Brigid Laffan, Chancellor of University of Limerick
  • Prof. Ed Burke, Assistant Professor in the History of War since 1945 at University College Dublin
21.30 CLOSE

  * Programme is subject to change

On The Brink

 

10.00  Welcome to Day 3 
10.05  Will Populism & Polarisation become the new normal?
  • Shona Murray, Euronews
  • Paraic O’Brien, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Channel 4
  • John O’Brennan, Maynooth University
11.30  BREAK
12.00 In conversation with….
  • Deputy Pearse Doherty TD, Spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Sinn Féin
13.00  BREAK
14.00  Elections 2024: Ireland
  • Mary Coughlan, Former Tánaiste & Chair of Donegal GAA
  • Prof. Gary Murphy, Dublin City University
15.30  BREAK
16.00 Alternative Futures: The neuroscience of nation building 
  • Vincent Mc Carthy, Director of MacGill Summer School
  • Prof. Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin & Author of ‘Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds’
17.00  BREAK 
20.00  Elections 2024: USA
  • Shona Murray, Euronews
  • Prof. Robert Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame
  • Larry Donnelly, Lecturer at School of Law University of Galway
  • Carole Coleman, Journalist at RTÉ
21.30  Close of MacGill Summer School 2024

* Programme is subject to change

Thursday, July 18th

 

On The Brink

 

 

11.00 Opening of MacGill School 2024
11.15 On the Brink
  • Brigid Laffan, Chancellor of University of Limerick
  • Mark Little, Media Entrepreneur
  • Prof. Ciaran Martin CB, University of Oxford & Founding Chief Executive of UK National Cyber Security Centre at GCHQ
12.30 Interval
14.00 Beyond GDP: How will Ireland spend its billions?
  • Prof. Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Emma Howard, Technological University of Dublin
15.30 Break
16.00  The future of media and public service broadcasting
  • Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Former Chair of RTÉ & Former Chair of TG4
  • Prof. Brian MacCraith, Chair of Future of Media Commission (2020 – 2022) & Former President of Dublin City University
17.00  Northern Ireland: Past, present & future
  • Noel Doran, Former Editor of Irish News
18.00  BREAK
20.00 Have we lost the run of ourselves?
  • Sarah Carey, Journalist
21.30 CLOSE

  * Programme is subject to change

Friday, July 19th

On The Brink

 

 

1o.00 Opening of Day 2
10.05 Disease X: The Next Public Health Crisis
  • Prof. Tony Holohan, Director of Centre One Health UCD & Former Irish Chief Medical Officer
11.00 Break
11.15 Election Integrity n an era of AI
  • Prof. Barry O’Sullivan, University College Cork
12.45 Interval
14.00  Ireland needs immigration? 
  • Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times
  • Dr. James Carr, University of Limerick
  • Prof. Roja Fazaeli, Established Professor in Law and Islamic Studies University of Galway
  • Jess Majekodunmi, Design Historian  
  • Deputy James Lawless, TD Fianna Fáil & Chair Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice
15.30  Break
15.45 Intelligence capabilities for a world on the brink
  • Prof. Ed Burke, Assistant Professor in the History of War since 1945 at University College Dublin
  • Brigadier Phil McKee, former Director-General of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
16.30  Break
16.45 Extremism, Threats & Uncertainty: Is Ireland ready for what’s next?
  • Caitríona Heinl, Executive Director Azure Forum
  • Brigadier Phil McKee, former Director-General of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
  • Prof. Ciaran Martin, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Maura Conway, Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at DCU
  • Micheal O’Sullivan, Former Assistant Garda Commissioner – National Crime & Security Intelligence Service
20.00 What if Trump wins?
  • John O’Brennan, Maynooth University
  • Prof. Robert Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame
  • Brigid Laffan, Chancellor of University of Limerick
  • Prof. Ed Burke, Assistant Professor in the History of War since 1945 at University College Dublin
21.30 CLOSE

  * Programme is subject to change

Saturday, July 20th

On The Brink

 

10.00  Welcome to Day 3 
10.05  Will Populism & Polarisation become the new normal?
  • Shona Murray, Euronews
  • Paraic O’Brien, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Channel 4
  • John O’Brennan, Maynooth University
11.30  BREAK
12.00 In conversation with….
  • Deputy Pearse Doherty TD, Spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Sinn Féin
13.00  BREAK
14.00  Elections 2024: Ireland
  • Mary Coughlan, Former Tánaiste & Chair of Donegal GAA
  • Prof. Gary Murphy, Dublin City University
15.30  BREAK
16.00 Alternative Futures: The neuroscience of nation building 
  • Vincent Mc Carthy, Director of MacGill Summer School
  • Prof. Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin & Author of ‘Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds’
17.00  BREAK 
20.00  Elections 2024: USA
  • Shona Murray, Euronews
  • Prof. Robert Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame
  • Larry Donnelly, Lecturer at School of Law University of Galway
  • Carole Coleman, Journalist at RTÉ
21.30  Close of MacGill Summer School 2024

* Programme is subject to change

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