TWENTY-SECOND DESMOND GREAVES SUMMER SCHOOL 2010

A weekend of political thought and discussion

from

Friday to Sunday, 10-12 September

at

The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2


Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Friday 10 September, 7.30 pm

Iceland, the Euro and the EU

Ragnar Arnalds was Minister for Finance of Iceland from 1980 to 1983. He has been an Icelandic MP, twice a cabinet minister and was Chair of the Icelandic People's Alliance from 1968 to 1977. He is founder of Heimssyn, the national organisation opposed to Icelandic membership of the European Union, and was its Chair from 2002 to 2009.
Read a transcript of Ragnar's contribution here

Chair

John Boyd, Secretary, Campaign Against Euro-federalism, Britain.

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Saturday 11th September, 11:00am

The crisis of the Irish economy

Paula Clancy is Director of TASC, the think-tank for action on social change, and also Director of the Democratic Audit Ireland Project. Her publications cover areas from media and politics to community arts and gender. She is co-author of Outsourcing Government: Public Bodies and Accountability. Read a transcript of Paula's contribution here

Michael Taft, economist with the UNITE trade union

Tom O'Connor is College Lecturer in Economics and Public Policy, Cork Institute of Technology; member of the TASC Economists Network and a frequent media contributor on the Irish economy, unemployment and taxation. His forthcoming book, Moving Beyond Neoliberalism: Alternative Policies for Sustainable Employment and Decent Public Services in the Years Ahead, will be published next spring. View Tom's presentation here

Chair

Conor McCabe, historian and author of a forthcoming book on the Irish Economic Crisis.

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Saturday 11th September, 2:30 pm

Corporate Influence and Lobbying: Who really makes policy in Ireland and the EU?

Niamh Brennan is Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at University College Dublin. She has chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Services and has published widely in the areas of Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance and Forensic Accounting.

Brian Denny is Press Officer with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union in Britain. He is Chair of Trade Unionists against the EU Constitution, Britain, and has written on the pervasive effects of corporate lobbying in Brussels.

Michael Smith is editor of Village Magazine and is a Director of Transparency International (Ireland).

Chair

Finbar Cullen Director, Ireland Institute.

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Sunday September 12th, 11:00 am

Challenges for the Irish public service today

Blair Horan joined the Civil and Public Services Union (CPSU), which caters mainly for lower-paid public servants, as an Assistant General Secretary in 1988 and became its General Secretary in 1997. View Blair's presentation here

William Kingston is Professor and Research Associate in the School of Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin. His most recent book is Interrogating Irish Policies and he has written widely on issues of public policy and administration.

Marie Sherlock is an economist in the SIPTU Research Department. She is a member of the TASC Economists Network. Read a transcript of Marie's contribution here

Chair

Gareth Murphy, Trade Union organiser.

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Sunday 12th September, 2:30 pm

Gender, class and the economy in Ireland

Anne Casey is a union skills coordinator with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and has been involved in various global solidarity campaigns.
Read a transcript of Ann's contribution here

Cathleen O'Neill is a long-time worker with Kilbarrack Community Development Project and is a prominent advocate of the rights of women and the disadvantaged.

Kathleen Lynch is Professor of Equality Studies in UCD. She has a long-standing commitment to the understanding and promotion of equality and social justice locally and globally and has published widely. View Kathleen's presentation here

Chair

Mary Crotty, National Committee, The People's Movement.

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