MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: North West Newspix

Those attending the summer school this week heard arguments that retirement is bad for you, a notion that sits well with Dr Joe Mulholland, who, since(...)

A portrait of the late Brian Friel. the MacGill Summer School has the influences of art and literature mixed through  political talk. Photograph:  Bobbie Hanvey

Last week brought my first taste of the MacGill Summer School, one of those unique Irish experiences which was always on my list of “must get up there(...)

Speakers Conor Brady, Josephine Feehily, Jim O’Callaghan  and Robert Olsen  at Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

The current operational culture is inhibiting change and preventing the Garda from reaching its potential, the head of the Garda Inspectorate has told(...)

Heather Humphreys said she did “not believe it is feasible to simply promote the development of cities and large urban areas, while rural areas are left to decline”. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

An “action plan for rural Ireland” is to be developed, the Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys (...)

 Prof. Alan Barrett, ESRI economist and director:   “If people remain in the workforce for longer, this would have positive impacts on national output.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Extending the age of retirement could be beneficial for the health and happiness of the older population and for the economy, the MacGill Summer Scho(...)

Brendan Howlin: “We do not believe that to serve in elected office renders us part of the elite or the establishment. Photograph: Eric Luke

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin will today implicitly criticise his British counterpart Jeremy Corbyn, warning that Labour in the UK is now “riven(...)

The Minister for Health told the MacGill Summer School that “we need to stop running the health service based on election cycles”. Photographs: Reuters

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called for a 10-year strategy to reform Ireland’s health service. Mr Harris, speaking at the MacGill Summer Scho(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SDLP leader Calum Eastwood has said talk of a “Border poll” is “silly right now” and that the political situation in the North needed to be carefully (...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he intends to link social welfare rates to the cost of living or average earning to ensure that people dependent on the payments do not see their standard of living fall in the future.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he intends to link social welfare rates to the cost of living or average earning to ensure that p(...)

In the past month, the euro has varied against the pound by 13.2 per cent. The exchange rate is the real hard border. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The first big idea for any all-Ireland Brexit forum to consider has come, predictably, from Scotland. There is agreement across Scottish nationalism(...)

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