Féile pholaitíochta trí lá in Inis Oírr le ceardlanna, léachtaí, díospóireachtaí agus ceol. Béim ar chliseadh na haeráide agus ar na chéad chórais eile.

Three day political festival on Inis Oírr with workshops, lectures, debates, music. Focusing on climate breakdown and NEXT systems.

We are pleased to announce Scoil Chois Claí – Our first annual political festival/féile which will be held on the beautiful island of Inis Oírr in the Connemara Gaeltacht. We will have workshops, lectures, debates, music and creamy pints of Guinness across three days, focusing on climate breakdown and next systems.


We understand that capitalism is killing our life support systems, that it is driving run away climate change and that we are living through the sixth mass extinction. It is becoming ever clearer that tinkering at the margins of an economic model driving environmental breakdown will only deepen the multiple crises we face. To thrive, to survive, only a systemic response to a systems crisis will do.


That fight against climate breakdown requires a move to a more democratic and sustainable economy in the face of a strident imperialism. The political school will focus on:

  • Economic democracy and the democratisation of finance, moving away from speculation and environmental destruction and towards socially useful, green investment in public transport and infrastructure.


  • A green industrial strategy for all of the main economic sectors.


  • Building public affluence in place of private wealth – an expansion of social goods, green public housing, healthcare, and public ownership alongside the growth of local forms of economic ownership such as vibrant social and worker cooperative sector.


  • A society where land, forests, rivers and biodiversity are managed by the people, held in common and protected from exploitation.


  • Organizing to win and anti-imperialism.


Bernadette McAliskey


Dave Gibney

Mandate Trade Union

Dr Paul O Connell


Dr Steve Baker

University of Ulster

Jeremy Corybyn

Former British Labour Party leader

Joe Guinan

The Democracy Collaborative

Kerron Ó Luain


Mariela Kohon

Vice chair justice for Colombia

Médb McDaid

Researcher & Activist

Michelle Byrne

Unite Activist

Miriam Brett


Professor John Barry

Queen’s University Belfast

Saoirse McHugh

Environmentalist Campaigner

Sarah Jaffe

Labour Journalist

Sean Sweeney

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Sinead Mercier

University College Dublin

Victoria Sandino

Former FARC negotiator Colombian Peace Process

Vijay Prashad



FRIDAY 9th September 2022

On Friday evening we’ll be joined by some of Ireland’s best young traditional musicians playing tunes across several island venues. 

SATURDAY 10th September 2022

On Saturday night we will have the pleasure of Síomha,  an Irish singer and guitarist singing in both English and Irish , her music combining elements of pop, jazz and folk, creating a sound that brings traditional and modern sounds to the island.

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