This morning the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking at an event organised by GLEN and hosted by Google in Dublin, linked progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the progress Ireland needs to rebuild its economy.
“Ireland today is a modern outward-looking society, our progress is not complete. There is still work to do... Economic progress has to be embedded in a free, open, progressive society. We have to construct new ways to build our vision of society where social solidarity and prosperity go hand in hand,” the Tánaiste said.
In this post Rory Geraghty writes about the Sunday morning session at Tom Johnson - 'Legal Protections or Lip Service - What Protections are our Children offered under the Legal System'.
From the appointment of a Minister for Children & Youth Affairs as a full Cabinet post, to the Children's Rights Referendum, to the decision to establish a Children's First Agency, it is clear that we are living in a time of huge reform in the area of children's rights in Ireland, making our first panel on Sunday very apt.
Posing the question "Legal Protections or Lip Service - What Protections Are Our Children Offered Under the Legal System?" we were given 4 different perspectives on the issue of child protection.
This afternoon's panel about 'The Illegitimate Debt' is also featured in this blog post written by party member Desmond O'Toole.
It is quite a task to plot a path through a wide-ranging discussion which encompassed cancelling the illegitimate debt demanded of the Global South, the burden of bank debt that has hollowed out the finances of the Irish state and the impact of debt on Irish families in local neighbourhoods.
In this post Labour Youth's Sean Glennon blogs about 'The Illegitimate Debt' panel, featuring Jean Sommers, from UCD, Emer Costello MEP and Rita Fagan, Community Development Coordinator for St Michael's Estate.
In our latest blog post from the Tom Johnson Summer School, Labour Youth member Shane Folan writes about this morning's panel 'Preparing our Young People for the future - Rethinking education'. We'll have more shortly.
The first panel on the Saturday morning was on the topic of Preparing our Young People for the Future – Rethinking Education. John Lyons TD opened up the discussion. He outlined what he felt should be the next steps for the education system here in Ireland; in particular the third level system. He felt university courses should be more skill based in conjunction with the class time that students would normally face. This system is used quite heavily in DCU, and has proved successful in numerous cases.
Our first panel of Tom Johnson 2013 (from L-R); Michael Barron, Director of BeLonG To; Frances Byrne, CEO of Open; Minister Kathleen Lynch; Rosaleen McDonagh, Traveller and Disability Rights Activist; Julianne Cox, Labour Youth and Jack Eustace, Labour Youth.
Over the weekend we'll be posting updates from party members who are attending our Tom Johnson Summer School. If you're not able to attend, do pop back here for updates or you could follow the conversation on Twitter using #TJ13. Our first update is from Ciara Galvin.
The theme of the weekend is 'Lock-Out to Left-Out' with a wide range of speakers including Frances Byrne from OPEN, Rosaleen McDonagh, Traveller and Disability Rights activist, Padraig Yeates, Historian and author of 'Lockout:Dublin 1913'.
Friday's keynote speaker will be the president of Labour’s sister party in Canada, Rebecca Blaikie, and other key speakers include Emer Costello MEP, Minister Joan Burton and the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.