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Icelandic and Greek speakers to address Sinn Féin summer school

7 July, 2011

Sinn Féin’s Scoil Shamhraidh na Saoirse will take place this Friday and Saturday 8th and 9th July in Baile Bhuirne, Cork.

The annual summer school aims to bring together a wide range of speakers from different backgrounds for debate and discussion on politics, economics, the arts, language, history and international affairs.

Among those speakers are:

Gerry Adams TD, Sinn Féin president
Frankie Gallagher, loyalist politician and chief spokesman for the UDA-linked Ulster Political Research Group
Huginn Freyr Þorsteinsson, an advisor to the Icelandic finance minister
Minister Carál Ní Chuilín MLA
Jack O’Connor, SIPTU general secretary
Pearse Doherty, TD for Donegal South West.
The weekend’s discussion begins on Friday night, in a session chaired by Kerry county councillor, Toiréasa Ferris.
The panel will comprise of Frankie Gallagher of the Ulster Political Research Group on the topic of The Future of Loyalism, 13 years after the Good Friday Agreement.

He will be followed by three eyewitnesses to history, when Danny Morrison, Leo Greene and Seán Kelleher give their accounts of the 1981 hunger strikes.

On Saturday, MLA Carál NíChuilín, artist Bobby Ballagh, Cork GAA legend Jimmy Barry Murphy and Adrian Breathnach will discuss The Need for a New Revival.

The keynote address on Saturday at 1.45 will be delivered by Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD.

The afternoon session, Dealing with the Debt Crisis: progressive alternatives to austerity and bank bailouts will hear from Sinn Féin TD, Pearse Doherty, Huginn Freyr Þorsteinsson, an advisor to the Icelandic finance minister, Yanis Varoufackis, an advisor to the Greek prime minister, Tom McDonnell of TASC, Mary Smithwick, political editor of the Evening Echo and SIPTU president Jack O’Connor.

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