Event Speakers 2016

Martin O Malley

Martin O’Malley served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015.

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Frances Fitzgerald

Frances Fitzgerald was re-elected as TD for Dublin Mid-West in February 2016. She was appointed as Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on the 6th May 2016.

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Kevin O'Malley

Kevin F. O’Malley was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland on September 30, 2014 and presented his credentials to President Michael D. Higgins on October 8, 2014.

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David Woolner

David B. Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and Associate Professor of History at Marist College.

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Nóirín O'Sullivan

Commissioner O’Sullivan has more than 30 years of professional policing experience across a wide range of operational and administrative function areas and in a broad range of police disciplines at both national and international level.

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Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird is one of Ireland’s most well known Journalists and has had a long and distinguished career in Irish Public Service Broadcasting.

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Kevin Cullen

Kevin Cullen is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since 1985. At the Globe, he served on the Spotlight team, as well as a local, national and foreign correspondent before becoming a columnist.

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Edward Hayden

Edward Hayden is a well-known chef and food writer/blogger and is very familiar to radio and television audiences from his weekly cookery slots on TV3′s Ireland AM and regular appearances on KCLR 96FM.

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Colm O'Gorman

A native of County Wexford, Colm O’Gorman is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland. He has held this position since February 2008.

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Stacy Hilliard

Stacy Hilliard currently serves as the Chairman of American Voices International and is the former Vice Chairman of the Republicans Abroad UK.

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Paddy Cullivan

Paddy Cullivan of Callan’s Kicks, The Late Late Show, Leviathan and Kilkenomics brings you an audiovisual spectacular on the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.

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Tony Bates

Dr Tony Bates is the Founding Director and CEO of Jigsaw-Ireland’s National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

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Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle is an Irish journalist, presenter and former newsreader.

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Colin Crowell

Colin Crowell is Vice President, Global Public Policy & Philanthropy for Twitter, Inc.

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Tad Devine

Tad Devine writes directs and produces advertising for leading Democratic and Independent candidates in the U.S. He also provides strategic advice for national campaigns in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

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Katie Hannon

Katie Hannon is Political Correspondent for RTE’s Current Affairs Department.

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Alison O'Connor

Alison O’Connor is a columnist with The Irish Examiner.

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Paschal Donohoe

Paschal is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform.

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Robert M. Dowling

Robert M. Dowling is professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.

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Eoin Ó Broin

Eoin Ó Broin is Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government

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Lynn Ruane

Lynn Ruane was elected to Seanad Eireann in 2016 and is a member of the Civil Engagement Group of independent Senators.

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John McGuinness

John McGuiness is currently chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and Taoiseach. He is TD for the Carlow- Killenny constituency.

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Larry Donnelly

NUI Galway Law Lecturer and Political Commentator.

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Tom Mooney

Tom Mooney is editor of The Wexford Echo Group of Newspapers in Ireland, and author of ‘All The Bishops’ Men’.

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Catherine Leyden

Catherine Leyden is a well known baker, that often appears on tv3 in association with Odlums.

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Barbara Nolan

Barbara Nolan is Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

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Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes is Head of the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Ronan King

Ronan King is a Chartered Accountant, Management Consultant, Past-President of both Dublin and Bray Chambers of Commerce and a long-time student of the Kennedy ‘phenomenon’.

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Sorcha O'Neill

Sorcha O’Neill is currently working with See Change, an organisation that aims to reduce the stigma surrounding Mental Health in Ireland.

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Alison Meagher

Alison Meagher is a doctoral researcher at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast.

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You can also view Speakers from the 2014 Summer School.