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After controversy, MacGill Summer School confirms list of names for 8th Ref and gender panels

10 July 2018 15:12
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After controversy, MacGill Summer School confirms list of names for 8th Ref and gender panels

High-profile campaigners from the Yes and No campaigns are amongst those taking part.

THE MACGILL SUMMER School has confirmed its list of speakers for two events that were added to its programme in the wake of criticism over the lack of gender balance in its lineup for this year.

A photo montage of the lineup sparked controversy last month, after it was released – with critics decrying the lack of female faces, and a reliance on the ‘usual suspects’ from Irish political life and journalism.

There was further criticism of organisers for the lack of any event the mark the passing of the referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment.

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole later decided to pull out of the Glenties-based summer school after a mix-up over a technical issue meant his name, alongside that of columnist and former political adviser Gerard Howlin, were the only two speakers included on a panel about women in public life on the summer school website.

“I am going to think very carefully but I am going to listen to people,” organiser of the Donegal event Joe Mulholland said in the wake of the initial controversy.

The panel on women in public life, alongside one on the Eighth Amendment, were added to the schedule following the backlash.

It will be chaired by Sheila Pratschke, the chair of the Arts Council.

It will be moderated by Orlaith McBride, director of the Arts Council.

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Source: thejournal.ie

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