Dunphy, O hAilpín and Greenslade for Sinn Féin summer school
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 Drivetime and 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 Ireland.
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.
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4th Annual Sinn Féin Summer School
Mills Inn, Baile Mhuirne, Co Cork
Friday & Saturday, 28 & 29 June
Friday from 6:30pm
Opening: Pearse Doherty TD
Special guest speaker: Eamon Dunphy
Disability and identity – Joanne O’Riordan
Culture, language and identity – Seán Óg Ó hAilpin (Cork hurling and football GAA star of Irish and Fijian heritage)
Saturday 10.30 am
Is it time for a border poll on Irish Unity as provided for in the GFA? Mary Lou McDonald TD (Sinn Féin) and Basil McCrea MLA (NI21)
12.30 pm to 1.30pm lunch break
Saturday 1.30 pm
The role that art can play in bringing about social and political change –artist Will St Leger
Irish historical films made during the 1910s – Professor Kevin Rockett, School of Drama, Film & Music, Trinity College Dublin
Why creativity in education matters – Orla Kelly from Early Childhood Creativity’
Saturday 3.30 pm
Media ownership – does it matter? – Guardian columnist and Professor of Journalism at London City University Roy Greenslade, journalist Alison O’Connor and Dr Kevin Rafter of DCU.
Emigration– 90 years of complacency? – Dr Piarais MacEinrí from UCC, Marie-Claire McAleer, Senior Research and Policy Officer with NYCI, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire of Sinn Féin and Diarmuid O’Donavan of the Cork GAA board.
Closing Address: John O Dowd MLA, Minister for Education