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Owen Jones and Dr. Lydia Foy for Sinn Féin Summer School in Baile Mhúirne

24 June, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


The sixth annual Sinn Féin Summer School takes place this weekend across the two days of Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June.

The event will be held in The Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne, Co. Cork. It will be opened at 6.15pm on Friday evening by Cllr Chris O'Leary who was recently elected as Mayor of Cork City.


Speakers at this year's event include Owen Jones who is a Guardian columnist, political activist and author of books such as 'Chavs:The demonisation of the Working Class' and 'The Establishment: And how they get away with it.'

Dr. Lydia Foy, a trans woman, who in 1992 began a twenty year battle to have her gender identity recognised on her birthday certificate, will address the audience on Saturday afternoon.

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada, who lives near Baile Mhúirne, will be on hand to welcome speakers and guests to the Mills Inn on Friday evening.

Ní Riada said;

"The summer school will involve debates and discussions on politics, the future of our public services, human rights, the media, history and international affairs.

"The contributions of speakers such as Owen Jones and Julien Mercille will in no doubt foster interesting debate and conversation on important topics and challenges that are facing society today.

"There will be a pertinent debate on the importance of protecting the public health service with contributions from Dr. David Hickey, Dr Angela Flynn and Louise O'Reilly.

"I am particularly looking forward to the contribution of Dr Lydia Foy. Dr Foy is a remarkable person who has spent decades fighting the system in order to have her gender identity recognised fully. Her story is inspirational and it is one which has many lessons for those of us concerned with the advancement of human rights and equality.

“Dr Foy was nominated by Sinn Féin for the 2015 European Citizen's Prize which she was subsequently awarded.

"The Sinn Féin Summer School has been an annual highlight for many of our  activists but it also attracts people from outside the party. The success of the summer school is underscored by the fact that this is its sixth year.

"It provides people with a forum to discuss and debate ideas in a relaxed setting. It also an excellent opportunity for writers, academics, artists and activists, campaigners, some of whom may not necessarily be supporters of the party, to come and engage with Sinn Féin on crucial matters of interest and concern to the public.

"The summer school is really a platform for debating progressive ideas about building a better Ireland. I am looking forward to a weekend of valuable discussion in Baile Mhúirne."

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