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Tom Johnson Summer School 2016 – Re-examining the Republic

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Over the weekend Labour Youth hosted the annual Labour Party Tom Johnson Summer School. One of the party’s key 1916 centenary commemoration events, this year’s theme was titled Re-examining the Republic and was held in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin, which played a key role in the 1916 Rising.

As part of the commemoration of the Rising and re-examining the Republic 100 years later, a broad range of panels discussing a wide variety of issues were included. The labour movement during the revolutionary period, the next steps in advancing workers’ rights, continuing the fight for equality and asking what the Republic holds for its new generation were all debated and discussed. Jack O’Connor of SIPTU, Patricia King of ICTU, and representatives from TENI, Women for Election, the Irish Refugee Council and the Abortion Rights Campaign were just some of the speakers discussing the many issues that affects us all today. There were also workshops on understanding universal basic income and on creating a new proclamation which facilitated much discussion and food for thought.

On the Saturday evening Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD delivered the Jim Kemmy speech and spoke very passionately about the future of the Labour Party and Labour Youth’s place in the rebuild. You can watch his speech on our blog.

The annual Thirst For Justice Award was presented to the Tesco Workers by Brendan in recognition of their pursuit for decent pay and fair working conditions. We also commemorated the one year anniversary of the Justice for Clerys campaign, joining the workers outside the premises on the Sunday, alongside Senator Ged Nash and other Labour representatives. 

Well done to Labour Youth and all those involved in organising a very enjoyable and informative weekend.

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