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Impressive line up for 2017 Kennedy Summer School 03/07/17

| July 3, 2017

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MP Ian Paisley, Bertie Ahern, Director of Speech Writing for President Obama Cody Keenan, Bob Shrum, Ryan Tubridy, Bressie, Politicians, News correspondents and leading global academics will all join in the discussions billed for the annual Kennedy Summer School which is set to take place in New Ross,  this September 7th to 9th 2017.

The 2017 Summer School will discuss topical issues in Irish and U.S. politics with expert speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. More than 35 guest speakers will participate on a wide range of different subjects and organisers say that Brexit and Ireland’s relationship with the U.S. will obviously feature prominently.

The Kennedy Summer School and Festival is run in association with the John F. Kennedy Trust, New Ross and Wexford County Council.  Speaking at the programme launch, UCG Law Lecturer and U.S. Politics Pundit Larry Donnelly, who is one of the co-directors of this year’s programme, said, “Building on our previous successes the 2017 Summer School moves to a whole new level. Inevitably we have a detailed session on the turbulent Trump Presidency and we are bringing over some of the top U.S. political experts and we are also bringing back Ireland’s top correspondent there, Caitriona Perry to try to interpret what is going on and what it means for Ireland.”

The other 2017 co-director is historian and author Brian Murphy who, speaking at the programme launch said, “Brexit and Budget preparations will dominate Irish politics this autumn and the Kennedy Summer School has gathered a collection of high profile speakers from across the island of Ireland, who along with voices from Brussels and from a cross section of political parties will give their perspectives to date.”

 On the evening of Thursday, September 7th the Summer School will begin with an event to mark the 100th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth with the launch of the New Ross Kennedy
Book and Research Archive at New Ross Library. Later that evening the Summer School will be officially opened by Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children
and Youth Affairs, followed by a public Interview.

On Friday morning a focus on positive mental health will see Niall Breslin, known, as ‘Bressie’ speaking at St Mary’s Secondary School on ‘Building Resilience’. He will be joined by Vice President for Public Policy and Communications for Twitter in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Managing Director of Twitter’s operations in Ireland, Sinead McSweeney who will speak about career planning. At noon a focus on Arts and Disability – Extending Access, will be the topic for the panel, which includes Pádraig Naughton Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland, Senator John Dolan CEO, The Disability Federation of Ireland, Elizabeth Whyte Executive Director, Wexford Arts Centre and local artist, Thomas Martin.

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy stood in the yard of his ancestral home in New Ross and drank an iconic cup of tea with his Irish cousin Mary Ryan; and in honour of this event on Friday, September 8th Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon, Judge of The Great Irish Bake Off and Chef Paul Kelly along with the Assistant Head of Food and Culinary Arts at DIT Mike O’Connor will host a Tea Party in Dunganstown at the Kennedy Homestead.

On Friday evening ‘Brexit and Borders’ will be the topic up for discussion by Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, MP for Foyle 2005 – 2017, Former leader of the SDLP and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Mark Durkan, President of the Road Haulage Association, Managing Director of DruMur Transport Limited Verona Murphy and RTE Europe Editor, Author of ‘Brexit and Ireland: the Dangers, the Opportunities and the Inside Story of the Irish Response’ Tony Connelly.

Later in the evening the ‘Man Behind the Words’ is speechwriter for President Obama, Cody Keenan who served as Director of Speech Writing, White House 2013-17, he will take to the podium at 7.30pm.

At 8.30pm the Kennedy Summer School 2017 interview will take place and Ian Paisley MP will tell of his political life, his involvement in the Peace Process and his work on the Northern Ireland Policing Board in and extensive interview with Irish Times Columnist Noel Whelan. He can be expected to have much to say about Brexit and the DUP’s support for Theresa May’s government.

On Saturday morning the Kennedy Summer School History Symposium will take place focusing on John F. Kennedy 1917-2017. Chaired by David McCullagh RTÉ journalist, prolific author and historian Felix M. Larkin, Professor Emeritus in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin Mary E. Daly and Professor Robert Schmuhl from Notre Dame University will discuss JFK as a ‘Great American President’, the ‘Kennedy Era’ and JFK’s Life and Legacy’.

At noon on Saturday, Bob Shrum will reflect on his involvement in Edward Kennedy’s 1980 presidential election campaign and his life as a senior Democratic political strategist over five decades.

At 2pm a session on Irish Politics, ‘BUDGET, BREXIT & BETTER POLITICS’ will be the focus of attention for Regina Doherty TD (Fine Gael), Mary Lou McDonald TD (Sinn Féin), Joan Burton TD (Labour) and Lisa Chambers TD (Fianna Fail), chaired by Sarah McInerney, co-presenter of Newstalk Drive.

At 3pm RTE’s Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry will tell the behind the scenes story of her four years working in her ‘dream job’, sometimes 21 hours a day in two different time zones at an event titled, ‘Translating Trump’s America for the Irish Audience’.

Later in the afternoon Former CNN Correspondent, Communications Consultant Expert Gina London, Professor of Politics and American Studies, Notre Dame Bob Schmuhl, Executive Director of the Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute at Boston College Dr. Robert M. Mauro, Political Comentator & Vice President
for Corporate Communications with Rivada Networks John McGuirk and Professor of the Practice of Political Science, University of Southern California Bob Shrum will discuss US politics in a session on Donald Trump and the US Presidency.

On Saturday evening Ryan Tubridy will participate in two events, at 6pm a children’s book event with P.J. Lynch will be on offer, with Ryan and P.J. reflecting on the book ‘Patrick and the President’ in the very town that President Kennedy visited in 1963. Later in the evening Ryan Tubridy will talk about his passion for US politics and culture and all things Kennedy, and on his research for his best-selling and award winning book ‘JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President’ an event that will take the 2017 Kennedy Summer School to a close.

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