Monday 16 September 2019

High profile US Democrat to give keybote talk at Kennedy Summer School

By david looby

GLOBAL experts are set to discuss a broad range of topics at the Kennedy Summer School including the hot topic of the US presidential race.

Delivering the keynote address will be former Governor of Maryland and Democratic presidential contender, Martin O'Malley (pictured).

The summer school takes place in New Ross on Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10. At the keynote address O'Malley will be joined by An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald.

In late July O'Malley appeared on stage in Wells Fargo and delivered his views on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Democratic convention. O'Malley, who ended his presidential campaign in February after finishing third in Iowa, said Democrat Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, were 'as tough as they come' and then turned to Trump.

'I say to hell with Trump's American nightmare. We believe in the American dream,' O'Malley said.

'Anger never fed a hungry child, did it? Anger never protected a family's home or sent a kid to college. Anger never built a great republic.'

O'Malley, 53, has largely avoided public appearances and interviews since dropping out of the presidential contest, but he will take to the podium in New Ross on Friday, September 9, at 7.30 p.m.

The annual Kennedy Summer School is set to host a number of expert discussions. One, in particular, will focus on the US presidency and politics, under the banner 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'. Joining the debates at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, will be Dr Robert M. Mauro Director of the Irish Institute, Boston College, Dr Richard Aldous, Ronan King, programme director of a cutting-edge Advanced Transitions Programme at Dublin City University and Eugene Meyer Chair, Bard College, New York. The Kennedy Summer School and Festival is run in association with the John F. Kennedy Trust New Ross and with Wexford County Council. For further details and tickets for the 2016 events see or call St. Michael's Theatre on 051 421255.

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