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Labour Youth elects new Chairperson and Executive Committee

25 November 2019

Statement by Labour Youth

Labour Youth elected its National Youth Executive over the weekend at their annual National Conference in Waterford City.

Newly elected National Chairperson Cormac Ó Braonáin (19) said following his election:

"I am excited to take up the role of Labour Youth Chair. I care very deeply about Labour Youth and the activists who put extraordinary passion and effort into defending our progressive and socialist values. I believe that by working together we can continue to transform our movement into a more organised, powerful campaigning force. It will be an honour to lead Labour Youth for the next year.

"Labour Youth delegates passed nearly 50 policy motions during the Conference. Among these motions was a call for public ownership of key utilities and the renationalisation of Bord Gáis and Eir. Another motion called on Ireland to become carbon zero in transport, heating and electricity generation by 2040."

Brendan Howlin TD, leader of the Labour Party said:

"The enthusiasm, vigour and the energy from Labour Youth gives me energy to fight for a different Ireland, for a better Ireland. The values and integrity of these young people will not only be the future of our party but the future of our country. I wish the incoming executive the very best of luck."

Speaking on the challenges facing Labour over the next year, Ó Braonáin said:

"Only Labour and socialist values can promote tangible policies to heal our fractured society and advocate for a rank and file transformation of the failed, capitalist, global economy, which climate change has shown, will lead to our extinction as a species in the next hundred years unless we act now’.

"There will be a General Election in 2020. That election will be a watershed for the Labour Party. We, the young activists, the campaigning face of the party, must run an organised, clever and radical campaign to support Labour candidates and Labour policies across Ireland and I look forward to that in the months ahead."