Northern Ireland

Taoiseach to address Donegal’s MacGill summer school

Annual summer school will address key social policy issues

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Taoiseach, Simon Harris has been named as one of the keynote speakers at this year's MacGill summer school in County Donegal. (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Simon Harris has been named as one of the speakers at this year’s MacGill Summer School which takes place in Co Donegal next month.

He will be joined by many of Ireland’s foremost political, cultural and journalism figures including outgoing leader of the Irish Green Party Eamon Ryan, former editor of The Irish News Noel Doran, Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty and former Tánaiste and current chairwoman of Donegal GAA Mary Coughlan.

Now in its 44th year, the school has adopted the theme On the Brink and speakers will examine the past, present and future of public policy across all sectors in Ireland.

The MacGill school was established in 1981 to celebrate the memory of Co Donegal’s “navy poet” Patrick MacGill.

Over the years, the three-day discussion event has become Ireland’s foremost summer school. Speakers this year will address immigration, the Irish media, extremism, a second Trump presidency and populism and polarisation in Irish society among other topics.

Through its cultural programme it has honoured and featured many of Ireland’s leading artists and writers, including veteran socialist Peadar O’Donnell, playwright Brian Friel and artist Derek Hill. Poets who have read at the school have included Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, Paul Duncan, President Michael D Higgins and Tom Paulin.

This year’s MacGill summer school takes place from July 18 to 20. Further information is available at: