Papers Delivered at MacGill 2015


The Official opening of the 35th Annual MacGill Summer School

The Need for Risk-Taking
H.E. Kevin O’Malley, US Ambassador to Ireland


The 15th Annual John Hume Lecture
Michael McDowell SC, former Tánaiste, former Attorney-General, former Minister for Justice


We are sleepwalking back into an era of auction politics
Noel Whelan, Barrister and Political Columnist, publications include ‘Fianna Fáil – A Biography of the Party’

Will we be wary of the Pied Piper and deaf to the Siren’s Song?
Frank Flannery, former Director of Strategy, Fine Gael, political consultant

Ireland needs decisive leadership and strong political parties
Mary Hanafin, Fianna Fáil, former Minister for Education and Science


To restore trust and confidence we need to change our electoral system
Noel Dempsey, former Fianna Fáil Minister. Portfolios included Environment & Local Government, Education & Science, and Communications & Natural Resources

A sure way of repeating the mistakes of the past
Pat Leahy, Deputy-Editor and Political Editor, Sunday Business Post

Towards a Democratic Way of Life
Donal O’Brolcháin, Political Reform Activist


Embedding Stronger Governance, Programme Management and Technical Skills in The Public Service
Paul Reid, Chief Executive, Fingal County Council

Put the Interests of Citizens at the Centre of Policy Planning
Dr Jane Suiter, lecturer in Politics, Dublin City University


We Need New Economic Thinking, New Ideas and an Honest Approach
Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality

Idealism and Realism in Equal Measure
Joan Burton TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection


Dr T. K. Whitaker – A public servant for all seasons
Anne Chambers, Author of ‘T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot’


De-Politicising Policing
Dr Vicky Conway, Lecturer in Law, Dublin City University

There are Always Reforms to be Made
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality


Irish Water Should Be Abolished
Barry Cowen TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government

The Abolition of Water Charges is Affordable
Pearse Doherty TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance

Put Conservation, Fairness and Investment at the Heart of Our Water System
Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, former Minister for Communications, Energy & natural Resources

How to Ensure Water Supply to Future Generations?
Michael McNicholas, Group CEO, Eerie


The Transition from Dirty to Clean Fuels – A Combination of Vision and Pragmatism is Needed
Dr Eddie O’Connor, Founding CEO, Mainstream Renewable Power

We Need to Create a Drive for Zero Emissions
John Mullins, Founding CEO, Amarenco Solar, former CEO, Bord Gais

We Need to Ramp Up the Use of All Renewables
Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth


Have We Thought Strategically Rather Than Tactically About Economic Stabilisation Policy?
Rossa White, Chief Economist, National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) 


Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland
Prof Ian Robertson, Trinity College Dublin

Our Mental Health – a Cause for Hope or Despair?
Dr Patrick Devitt, former MHC Inspector of Mental Health Services, author of “Suicide – A Major Obsession”








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