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69TH LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND

21 April 2017

Statement by Brendan Howlin TD
Party Leader and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Northern Ireland

The Labour Party is holding its 69th National Conference in Wexford this weekend.

The three-day event, which will be attended by more than 900 party members and supporters, will be an opportunity to showcase the party's policy work over the past year, and present the party’s plans for the future.

Speaking ahead of the Conference, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said:

''Our Conference this weekend will demonstrate how far the Labour Party has come in the past year in terms of our rebuild efforts, and how we are firmly placed to look toward the future. Our country is facing huge challenges such as Brexit, the future of work, and climate change, which the Labour Party is ready to meet head on. I'm looking forward to welcoming delegates from right across the country to Wexford this weekend as the party looks toward the future.''

Labour’s newly selected General Election candidates will also be unveiled, who include the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Rebecca Moynihan, the former Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Senator Ged Nash, Dún Laoghaire Councillor Deirdre Kingston, and the former Lord Mayor of Dublin and the man behind the successful Dublin Bike scheme, Councillor Andrew Montague.

Along with topics such as the Future of Work and the Greening of Ireland, delegates will be discussing the new party constitution, which aims to deepen democracy within the party, and clearly defines the Labour ideals.

Labour TDs and Senators will also have the chance to outline the work they’ve been carrying out in their individual portfolios, including on the key issues of housing, health, finance and environmental issues.

There will also be a number of fringe events held throughout the weekend, including a panel discussion on the rise of populism and the challenge for Social Democrats globally, featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee in the US, Amy Dacey, and the Deputy General Secretary of the Party of European Socialists, Marije Laffeber. 

ENDS

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