The 2022 MacGill Summer School explores the theme: "The Destruction of Ukraine & its People: The Fallout for Mankind" 

Author: Mary Hendriksen


The MacGill Summer School is Ireland's leading international forum for thought leaders to discuss the critical issues facing the country, Europe, and our world. 

This year, the School was organized in association with the Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland, part of the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies. The 2022 program took place in Glenties, Co Donegal, from July 21-24.

This year's theme: "The Destruction of Ukraine & its People: The Fallout for Mankind." 

MacGill has consistently been a source of innovative and fresh thinking on a range of social, economic and political ideas. It brings together government ministers, members of the opposition parties, heads of business, academics, economists, sociologists, church leaders, members of the judiciary, and public representatives from Northern Ireland.

The School has been successfully positioned as a “broad church” open to all points of view with easy access by the general public.  Audiences come from all over Ireland and abroad, and from a wide range of backgrounds.  

left to right: Don Thornhill, chair of the MacGill Summer School board; TCD Provost Linda Doyle and Joe Mulholland, director of the MacGill Summer School

This year's speakers included: 

Seamus Coffey, Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, 2016-2020

Patrick Cox, former President of the European Parliament

Linda Doyle, Trinity College Dublin Provost, who delivered the John Hume lecture

Mairead Farrell TD,  Sinn Fein spokesperson on public expenditure and reform

Ambassador Larysa Gerasko, Embassy of Ukraine

Joan Hoey, Economist Intelligence Unit Regional Director, Europe

Brigid Laffan, Emeritus Professor of the European University Institute, Florence 

Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture and Food 

Danny McCoy, Director of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation) 

Don Thornhill, former Secretary General of the Department of Education & Chairman of the Higher Education Authority. 


Press coverage:

"Two Ukranian girls spoke about their experiences of war on the first day of the 42nd MacGill Summer School," Irish Times, 21 July

Talks about agriculture carbon emission reductions, RTÉ,  23 July

"'All signs suggest corporation tax receipts ‘will continue to grow’, MacGill Summer School hears", Irish Times, 22 July


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