Councillor Micheál Cholm McGiolla Easbuig has said described the line-up of speakers for the MacGill Summer School is a slap in the face for those who have borne the brunt of austerity.
“Our county has been bled by the return of emigration during the austerity years, yet the very people responsible – the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and a host of other government representatives – have been invited to address a gathering which supposedly honours a writer himself forced to emigrate generations earlier. It is entirely inappropriate and a slap in the face for those who have borne the brunt of austerity, especially those forced to leave”, he said.
He added that an even worse decision is to have a speaker from what he called “the racist UKIP party in Britain.”
“Douglas Carswell’s party have made their careers from stirring up prejudice and ill-feeling towards emigrants there. We don’t need his poisonous brand of fear and loathing here. I believe there should be no platform of any kind for racists.”
“Government reprsentatives manage to ignore our county and it’s problems all year round until there is the opportunity for publicity in Glenties. If they are so keen on debate why don’t they take themselves outside of the rarefied confines of the MacGill event and make themselves available for a public meeting where the people of the county can let them know exactly what they think of their austerity policies?”.
“The real debate about this government and austerity is not taking place in polite discourse amongst the great and the good at the MacGill gathering. It is taking place among the many ordinary people who have suffered at the hands of this government and are debating about how it can be defeated. We have inflicted a heavy blow already through the massive boycott of water charges. We need to discuss how we can carry it forward and finish then off.”Tags: