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Labour Youth National Conference

Posted on November 09, 2010 at 03:40 PM

Last weekend, well over 100 young activists gathered in NUI Maynooth for Labour Youth's National Conference.

Among the motions agreed were support for the extension of voting rights to 16 year olds, Labour's Strategic Investment Bank and a boycott of Israel, and opposition to further internet regulation, water charges and stag hunting. As well as policy debates, key speakers at the Conference were Emmet Stagg TD and Eamon Gilmore TD, while workshops were held on topics such as running Student Union elections and Seanad Reform.

Over the course of the weekend, a new National Youth Executive was also elected, with 18-year-old Colm Lawless from Dublin South-West becoming the youngest ever chair of Labour Youth. Speaking after the Conference, Colm said "We all live in a society that is inherently based on an unequal distribution of wealth and resources. The present government is intent on pursuing policies that are attacking the living standards of ordinary people."

"We have a challenge ahead of us in the coming year to present a socialist alternative to the current crisis. With the highest recorded number of delegates to a youth conference, we are in the strongest position that we've ever held. Now is the time to increase our activism to new heights and fight for a better future for all."

If you want to join Labour Youth, you can do so here, sign-up to their newsletter here, you can also follow Labour Youth on Twitter and connect with them on Facebook.

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