SOME of the most interesting news stories of the week have emanated from the MacGill Summer School. The traditional aim of the school is to provide a place for "invigorating discussion and reflection on topics relevant to modern Ireland".
Judging by some of the contributions over the past week, it has frequently risen to that challenge.
Politicians, economists and academics are among those who travel to Glenties, Co Donegal, for the school, which is now in its 30th year.
Perhaps it is the fine Donegal air, but the debates have been sharper and more to the point than many in the Dail this year.
Contributors, including some of our top current and former politicians, appear to have felt less restrained in their opinions.
Why is it that our "paid performers" seem utterly unable to replicate this behaviour in the Dail and Seanad?