Ireland’s neutrality among big topics discussed in Donegal today

The MacGill Summer School continues at Glenties with a number of hot topics to discuss.

The Saturday program will begin at 11.05am with the annual John Hume Lecture which this year will be delivered by Dr Linda Doyle, Provost and President of Trinity College, University of Dublin.


The afternoon discussions and panel discussions began at 2:30 p.m., where the question is posed: “In these turbulent times, is neutrality still an option?”
Those addressing this controversial topic are:
– Paddy McGuinness CMG OBE Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence UK, who is responsible for the UK’s two five-year National Security Programs
– Caitriona Heinl, executive director of the Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy and adjunct scholar at the School of Politics
– Prof Andrew Cottey, EU Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration at UCC
– HE Adriaan Palm, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ireland
The discussion is moderated by Professor Brigid Laffan, Emeritus Professor at the European Institute in Florence

Another hot topic is in the spotlight at 4 p.m.: The most pressing issue facing the world is energy — how is it weaning itself off fossil fuels?
Moderated by Dr. Micheál Ó Cinneide, former director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the participants in the discussion are:
– Justin Moran, Director of External Affairs, WindEnergy Ireland
– Prof Sadhbh O’Neill, Assistant Professor at DCU School of Law and Government

At 5:15 p.m., Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Navy Charlie McConalogue TD speaks: The war in Ukraine and the pandemic are creating a serious food crisis on a planetary scale. Can countries with substantial agricultural sectors help?

After a break for dinner, guests will be treated to a recital by highly acclaimed pianist, Caitriona McElhinny Grimes with strong Donegal connections. This starts at 8:30 p.m.

Further information and booking details for these events and for the rest of the summer school can be found at

The MacGill Summer School was founded in 1981 in Glenties to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill.

MacGill wrote in the early 20th century about social conditions in Donegal, the plight of migrant workers in Britain, and the horrors of the Great War in which he fought as a private in the London Irish Rifles. His books are still published.

The School has grown from very humble beginnings into one of Ireland’s most important forums for the analysis of topics of national and international concern. He has always been a source of innovative and new ideas on a range of social, economic and political ideas.

It brings together government ministers, members of opposition parties, business leaders, academics, economists, sociologists, religious leaders, members of the judiciary and public officials from Northern Ireland.