Monday, July 4, 2011

Second Sinn Féin Summer School to Discuss Debt Crisis

Second Sinn Féin Summer School to Discuss Debt Crisis

The Sinn Féin summer school Scoil Samhradh na Saoirse will take place for the second time in Ballyvourney next weekend (8th and 9th July). The debt crisis and the economy will be a major topic of discussion at this year’s summer school, with speakers including SIPTU President Jack O’Connor making contributions alongside Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty.

This is the second year the party has run the summer school, which is designed as a vehicle for debate on the major issues facing the country. Last year’s summer school included a number of prominent speakers, including Cork Hurling Captain Donal Óg Cusack.

This year’s summer school will be opened by Cllr Toireasa Ferris, while Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will give the keynote address.

The Reverend Mervyn Gibson will address the conference on the future of loyalism on Friday night, while Jimmy Barry Murphy and artist Robert Ballagh will be among a number of speakers discussing the need for a new Irish revival on Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon will focus on the debt crisis in Ireland and abroad. Speakers will include Pearse Doherty TD (Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson), Jack O’Connor (President of SIPTU), Mary Smithwick (Politics Editor of the Evening Echo), Huginn Freyr Thorsteinsson (Political Advisor to the Finance Minister of Iceland), Yanis Varufackis (Professor of Economics University of Athens), and Tom McDonnell (Policy Analyst at TASC).

The conference will be closed by Mary Lou McDonald TD, Vice-President of Sinn Féin.

For further information or comment contact DJ O’Driscoll @ 087-7435064

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