Sinn Féin has announced the line-up for its fourth annual summer
school in County Cork next Friday and Saturday with controversial and
outspoken commentators such as Eamon Dunphy, Guardian columnist Roy
Greenslade, journalist Alison O’Connor, GAA star Seán Óg Ó hAilpin,
and 2012 Young Person of the Year and disability rights campaigner
Joanne O’Riordan taking part.
Basil McCrea MLA, leader of the new pro-Union NI21 party, will go
head-to-head in a debate with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou
McDonald TD on the theme Is it time for a Border Poll on Irish unity
as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement?
Seán Óg Ó hAilpin, the Cork hurling and football star of Irish and
Fijian heritage, will be the keynote speaker on the culture, language
and identity section of the debate.
Roy Greenslade – regular commentator on RTÉ’s Drivetimeand Newstalk
after attending the Leveson judicial public inquiry into the culture,
practices and ethics of the British press following the News
International phone hacking scandal – will be the key speaker on media
ownership – does it matter?
Emigration and its effects on society are covered in the session
emigration – 90 years of complacency? with speakers Dr Piarais
MacEinrí from University College Cork and Marie-Claire McAleer, senior
research and policy officer with the National Youth Council of
Orla Kelly from Early Childhood Creativity will speak on why
creativity in education matters.
Professor of film studies, Kevin Rockett – School of Drama, Film &
Music at Trinity College Dublin and author, co-author or editor of
numerous books, including Cinema and Ireland (1987) –will give his
take on Irish historical films made during the 1910s.
Subversive artist and Phantom 105.2 DJ Will St Leger is sure to
stimulate the imagination speaking on the role that art can play in
bringing about social and political change. Will has made headlines by
placing 100 fake landmines made from stenciled enamel plates in five
parks around Dublin to bring home what other people have to live with
every day. He also performed the Bertie Cash Giveaway at the Molly
Malone statue in Grafton Street.