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Sunday morning - Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 16, 2013

Sunday morning - Tom Johnson Summer School

In this post Rory Geraghty writes about the Sunday morning session at Tom Johnson - 'Legal Protections or Lip Service - What Protections are our Children offered under the Legal System'.

From the appointment of a Minister for Children & Youth Affairs as a full Cabinet post, to the Children's Rights Referendum, to the decision to establish a Children's First Agency, it is clear that we are living in a time of huge reform in the area of children's rights in Ireland, making our first panel on Sunday very apt.

Posing the question "Legal Protections or Lip Service - What Protections Are Our Children Offered Under the Legal System?" we were given 4 different perspectives on the issue of child protection.

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Saturday evening at the Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 16, 2013

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Saturday evening - Tom Johnson Summer School 

In this latest post Ciara Galvin, Labour Youth, writes about the early evening session Challenging Social Divides : Classism in the Centenary of the Lock-Out' in the Tom Johnson Summer School.

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Saturday afternoon - Tom Johnson Summer School 2013

Posted on June 15, 2013

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This afternoon's panel about 'The Illegitimate Debt'  is also featured in this blog post written by party member Desmond O'Toole.

It is quite a task to plot a path through a wide-ranging discussion which encompassed cancelling the illegitimate debt demanded of the Global South, the burden of bank debt that has hollowed out the finances of the Irish state and the impact of debt on Irish families in local neighbourhoods.

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Saturday afternoon - Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 15, 2013

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In this post Labour Youth's Sean Glennon blogs about 'The Illegitimate Debt' panel, featuring Jean Sommers, from UCD, Emer Costello MEP and Rita Fagan, Community Development Coordinator for St Michael's Estate.

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Saturday morning - Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 15, 2013

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In our latest blog post from the Tom Johnson Summer School, Labour Youth member Shane Folan writes about this morning's panel 'Preparing our Young People for the future - Rethinking education'. We'll have more shortly. 

The first panel on the Saturday morning was on the topic of Preparing our Young People for the Future – Rethinking Education. John Lyons TD opened up the discussion. He outlined what he felt should be the next steps for the education system here in Ireland; in particular the third level system. He felt university courses should be more skill based in conjunction with the class time that students would normally face. This system is used quite heavily in DCU, and has proved successful in numerous cases.

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Friday night at Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 15, 2013

Friday panel at Tom Johnson Summer School - Our first panel of Tom Johnson 2013 (from L-R); Michael Barron, Director of BeLonG To; Frances Byrne, CEO of Open; Minister Kathleen Lynch; Rosaleen McDonagh, Traveller and Disability Rights Activist; Julianne Cox, Labour Youth and Jack Eustace, Labour Youth.
Our first panel of Tom Johnson 2013 (from L-R); Michael Barron, Director of BeLonG To; Frances Byrne, CEO of Open; Minister Kathleen Lynch; Rosaleen McDonagh, Traveller and Disability Rights Activist; Julianne Cox, Labour Youth and Jack Eustace, Labour Youth.

Over the weekend we'll be posting updates from party members who are attending our Tom Johnson Summer School. If you're not able to attend, do pop back here for updates or you could follow the conversation on Twitter using #TJ13. Our first update is from Ciara Galvin.

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Minister Kathleen Lynch speaking before this weekend's Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 12, 2013

This weekend see's the 19th Tom Johnson Summer School taking place in Cork. We spoke earlier to Minister of State Kathleen Lynch about the Summer School and you can see what she said in the accompanying video.

[Click here to book tickets and see full schedule.]

The theme of the weekend is 'Lock-Out to Left-Out' with a wide range of speakers including Frances Byrne from OPEN, Rosaleen McDonagh, Traveller and Disability Rights activist, Padraig Yeates, Historian and author of 'Lockout:Dublin 1913'.

[Click here to book tickets and see full schedule.]

Friday's keynote speaker will be the president of Labour’s sister party in Canada, Rebecca Blaikie, and other key speakers include Emer Costello MEP, Minister Joan Burton and the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. 

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Tom Johnson Summer School 2013 - From Lock Out to Left Out'

Posted on June 04, 2013

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The annual Tom Johnson Summer is taking place this year in Cork on June 14th - June 16th with the theme ‘From Lock Out to Left Out: Focusing the Dialogue Onto Present Day Ireland’.

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Among the speakers at this year’s Tom Johnson Summer School will be the President of Canada’s New Democratic Party Rebecca Blaikie, author Padraig Yeates, SIPTU’s Ethel Buckley, BeLongTo’s Michael Barron, disability and Traveller rights’ activist Rosaleen McDonagh, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and the weekend will be opened by Frances Byrne - CEO of Open. (See here for a full schedule of speakers.)

Panel discussions will be held throughout the weekend and the Labour Party archive will be on display.

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The Tom Johnson Summer School - are you coming?

Posted on June 12, 2012

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The Tom Johnson Summer School is taking place this year in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, from June 29th - July 1st.

The Summer School is hosted by Labour Youth for all party members and it is widely regarded as the most enjoyable weekend of the party's calendar with some live music, panel discussions and a semi-formal Dinner on the Saturday evening.

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Solutions Discussed at Labour's Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on July 04, 2011

The sun shone upon Kilkenny this weekend as Labour Party members young and old joined together for Labour Youth's annual Tom Johnson Summer School named after the party's first leader. Speakers at the event which was attended by around 100 Labour activists included Michael D Higgins, Minister Brendan Howlin, Deaglán deBreadún (Political Correspondent, Irish Times) and Nat O'Connor (Director of TASC).

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