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A live Webinar 27th October 2021

Seminars hosted by David Blevins, Pat Kenny + Ivana Bacik TD

This a day about Common Good. For questions, for comments, for conversations on the socieities we want to see and be part of. The morning is a Schools+Students Seminar with some of the most senior and important politicians on this island. The afternoon is directed especially at those with a professional interest in issues surrounding global health. The afternoon will be especially relevant to those studying toward a career in medical or global health. Conversations will provide inspiration to the general public as well as medical professionals.

“An Ireland for GOOD”: 27th OCT 2021 9.45am–11am


Pupils from NI + ROI listening into conversation between these incredible senior political decision makers and government ministers on this island.  These top level politicians from both sides of the border will chat together and take questions from school pupils and university students to discuss the Ireland young people want to see. 

What do you want to discuss? What matters to you as young people from all around  this island? What do you want to tell politicians? 

Sign up and send your questions! 

This is a live webinar from Trinity College, speakers will be able to join remotely should travel be restricted for any reason. However a limited live audience is also going to be permitted – look out for info soon on how to buy a ticket should you be able to attend.

This seminar is about connecting young people and students from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland with the politicians who make decisions that directly impact their lives and futures. Our politicians will be invited to share their thoughts on the island the pupils will inherit as adults, with a primary activity being the invitation of questions from YOU concerning the island YOU want to see. 

Questions will be gathered in advance to allow those participating to gauge what YOU want to hear about. It is suspected the issues addressed will align with reports in the last decade that point to issues of the environment, lack of trust in political institutions, future economic realities, technology, mental health and global health. 

We have top people for this conversation – make sure and join us!

Hosted by David Blevins SKY Ireland Correspondent. 

  • Simon Coveney TD

    Simon Coveney TD

    Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Deputy Leader of Fine Gael

  • Mary-Lou McDonald TD

    Mary-Lou McDonald TD

    Leader of Sinn Fein

  • Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

    Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

    Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party

  • Naomi Long MLA

    Naomi Long MLA

    Justice Minister for Northern Ireland, Leader of the Alliance Party

  • David Blevins

    David Blevins

    SKY NEWS Ireland Correspondent. Host

2.05pm – 2.50pm: ‘What has science taught us?’


The last 18 months of pandemic and the state of global health, scientific advance, social awareness & medical advance. Moving toward new understandings of the previous months and how social realities aid understandings of advance in scientific development?

  • Prof Luke O'Neill

    Prof Luke O'Neill

    Immunologist TCD

  • Assistant Prof Ann Nolan

    Assistant Prof Ann Nolan

    Global Health TCD

  • Prof Ian Young

    Prof Ian Young

    Northern Ireland, Chief Scientific Officer

  • Pat Kenny

    Pat Kenny


3.05pm – 3.50pm – ‘Good Health + Well Being’


What does it really mean to have GOOD Health and Well Being as a normal sociological states of being? What role might social prescribing play in such a discussion, and how can we know if medical advances in science are truly making their way toward marginalised communities? 

  • Prof Clíona Ní Cheallaigh

    Prof Clíona Ní Cheallaigh

    Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine physician TCD

  • Gareth Presch

    Gareth Presch

    Founder WHIS

  • Assistant Prof Orla Hegarty

    Assistant Prof Orla Hegarty

    Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy UCD

  • James Sanderson

    James Sanderson

    Director of Personalised Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement, CEO, National Academy of Social Prescribing

  • Ivana Bacik

    Ivana Bacik


4.05pm – 4.50pm – Digital Health


Technology’s part in bringing modern medicine to more people, how developments in tech are shaping healthcare’s future and how can partnerships between science, industry and health practitioners lead to GOOD innovation for all?

  • Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca,

    Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca,

    Global Social Prescribing Alliance Clinical Champion;

  • Roland Schatz

    Roland Schatz


  • David John Kerr

    David John Kerr

    Digital Specialist | Accessibility Ambassador & Disability-Rights Advocate

  • Pat Kenny

    Pat Kenny


5.05pm – 5.50pm – Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Global Health


How have the latest months challenged and changed questions of gender equality around the globe? What conversations need to take place to bring more GOOD change and positive social transformation within issues around female health care and equality in global health?

  • Deirdre Carbery

    Deirdre Carbery

    Chair World Health Innovation Summit Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Group

  • Sharon Morrow

    Sharon Morrow

    Director, Congenital Heart Disease Network, National Children’s Hospital Group + Senior Leader in National Health Management Council

  • Ruth Breslin

    Ruth Breslin

    Senior Leader, Sexual Exploitation Research Programme (SERP)

  • Nadine Ferris France

    Nadine Ferris France

    Executive Director, Irish Global Health Network

  • Ivana Bacik

    Ivana Bacik


This event helps The Good Summit to celebrate Common Good in the world, creating more of it. Partnering with The World Health Innovation Summit maximises learning of vital life–saving, community transforming practices, through the global propagation of the UNSDGs.

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