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Saturday morning - Exclusion in modern Ireland panel - Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

Posted on June 21, 2014

Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

In this post Grace Williams from UCD Labour posts about the Saturday morning panel which looked at Exclusion in Modern Ireland.

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Friday evening - Professor Richard Wilkinson - Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

Posted on June 20, 2014

Professor Richard Wilkinson speaking at the Tom Johnson Summer School

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”.

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Friday night - address by SIPTU President Jack O'Connor - Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

Posted on June 20, 2014

Jack O'Connor addressing Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

In this post Shane Folan posts about the speech delivered to the Tom Johnson Summer School by SIPTU President Jack O'Connor.

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Friday night - Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

Posted on June 20, 2014

Tom Johnson 2014 Friday evening

Over the weekend we'll be posting updates from the Tom Johnson Summer School which is being held in Portlaoise and organised by Labour Youth. You can keep up-to-date with the weekend's events by following Labour Youth on Twitter

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.

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Tom Johnson Summer School 2014

Posted on June 13, 2014

Tom Johnson 2013

It’s hard to believe that the last Tom Johnson was a year ago, but here we are; it’s that time of the year again! This year, Labour Youth brings the 20th annual Tom Johnson Summer School to Portlaoise, on the 20-22 June. The annual summer school is named after Tom Johnson, who served as Leader of the Labour Party from 1917-27.

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.

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Watch back Monday evening's party leadership husting's contributions

Posted on June 11, 2014

Leadership hustings

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. 

 

Deputy Ciara Conway

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Leadership hustings - Party Leader

Posted on June 09, 2014

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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. 

Minister Joan Burton

Minister Alex White

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Leadership hustings - Deputy Leader candidates

Posted on June 09, 2014

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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.

Deputy Ciara Conway

Deputy Alan Kelly

Deputy Michael McCarthy

Deputy Sean Sherlock

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Leader candidate - Minister Alex White

Posted on June 09, 2014

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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.

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Leader candidate - Minister Joan Burton

Posted on June 09, 2014

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The recent elections proved incredibly difficult. The voters were unhappy with our performance in Government, and our many fine councillors and candidates unfortunately bore the brunt of that anger.

Although a modest recovery is under way, people aren't yet feeling it in their personal lives, and their families, friends and communities are still struggling.

We have fallen short in giving our society the care and repair it so badly needs, which is why, if elected Labour leader, I will fight to shift the focus.

We have concentrated on economic repair up to now. Now it's time for an equal emphasis on social repair.

This means focusing relentlessly on raising living standards for low and middle-income families.

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