The political pulse: Brexit pessimism and post-austerity choices

MacGill Summer School had intense, informed debates on these two big themes

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland talking to itself, then having a few pints. Retired civil servants on generous pensions lecturing the Government on fiscal prudence. Interest groups given another platform. The establishment on tour.

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