In this post Andrew O'Driscoll posts about Friday evening's keynote speech from Professor Richard Wilkinson.
Professor Wilkinson is a best selling author and a believer in social democratic values. Speaking at Labour Youths Tom Johnson Summer School he highlighted the many social problems that have a clear correlation with income inequality. Wilkinson explains that having more material substance means little to our well being and life span in rich developing nations, “We need to stop associating external wealth with internal well being”.
In this post Rachel Walsh posts about the first session which saw Senator John Whelan welcome participants to Portlaoise followed by a panel which discussed the Importance of Equality in the current political landscape. The panelists were Deputy Anne Ferris, Tom Healy from the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dan O'Neill from the Young Workers Network and Ian Power from Spun Out.
Each year, Labour Youth hosts this event for members and supporters of the Labour Party as a means of discussing and debating our hopes and aspirations for Ireland. Over the course of the weekend we’ll be hearing from guest speakers, participating in panel discussions and workshops and hosting hustings for the Labour Party Leadership elections.
On Monday evening we held the first of our leadership hustings in Dublin North. Standing for Party Leader is Minister Joan Burton and Minister of State Alex White. The Deputy Leader position is being contested by Deputy Ciara Conway, Minister of State Alan Kelly, Deputy Michael McCarthy and Minister of State Sean Sherlock.
It was standing room only in the packed out hall as party members gathered to listen to the candidate's stake their claim on each position before it was down to party members to quiz the candidates.
If you were unable to attend the event, we have posted each candidate's speech below. The next hustings will take place in Galway on Monday evening and will be livestreamed on our website.
This evening saw the first of our Leadership hustings take place in Dublin. We've prepared some posts on each of the candidates and below you'll find a link to each of the candidates who are running for the position of Party Leader.
This evening saw the first of our Leadership hustings take place in Dublin. We've prepared some posts on each of the candidates and below you'll find a link to each of the candidates who are running for the position of Deputy Leader.
Alex White was brought up in Marino on the north side of Dublin. He was educated in Scoil Mhuire CBS in Marino, Chanel College in Coolock and Trinity College. He is married to Mary Corcoran. They have two children, Maeve and Fintan, and live in Terenure.
Alex worked for many years as a radio producer in RTE. He was Chair of the SIPTU branch in RTE and Vice-Chair of the Public Sector Regional Executive. He later qualified as a barrister and specialised in Labour Law. In 2004 he was elected to Dublin South County Council. He was elected to the Seanad in 2007 and to the Dail four years later.
I serve as Minister for Research and Innovation in both the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills. I was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 2007. I have served as a Town Councillor and County Councillor. I have also served as Mayor of Mallow. I am a member of the Cabinet sub-committee on Economic Recovery and Jobs. The sub-committee is the primary driver for the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. I am a member of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Change. I have led diplomatic missions. During Ireland’s Presidency of the European Unions, I led the negotiations on the €80 billion Horizon 2020 research and jobs stimulus package, from which up to €1.25 billion will be drawn down to bring higher education closer to industry. Under the Programme for Government I have primary responsibility for the development of the Social Enterprise sector. I am chairman of the Research Prioritisation Group which brings together all State funders of research to identify new areas to create jobs utilising the output from our tertiary education sector. I have served as spokesperson for Agriculture and previously was a member of the Economic Regulatory Affairs Committee. I hope to bring my political experience to bear in ensuring a solid future for our party. I am a committed Social Democrat. I want to use the energy that I have to make our Party a grassroots, campaign focused, democratic movement. I believe strongly that every individual member is equal. I do not believe in hierarchies.