Tom Johnson Summer School 2021

Agitate, Organise, Educate


We are delighted to announce the full details of this year's Tom Johnson Summer School, which will be held on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July. Our theme this year is Agitate, Organise, Educate.

This will be a fully online edition of the Summer School - with panels being livestreamed on the Labour Party and Labour Youth Facebook pages.

The full programme and details of all events can be found here

Keynote Speaker



We are delighted and honoured to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Jeremy Corbyn MP. 

Jeremy Corbyn was first elected to parliament in 1983, where he still represents Islington North. He served as Leader of the British Labour Party from September 2015 to April 2020, where he worked to bring about solutions for a safer, fairer and more equal world for all.

Jeremy has worked on anti-racism, anti imperialism, LGBT+ rights, transport, the environment, opposition to nuclear weapons and military intervention, Trade Union policies, Miscarriages of Justice, youth (mental health and crime) and more.

He has been an inspiration to Labour Youth for many years, and we couldn't be more thrilled that he will be our keynote speaker. 


Full schedule

Friday 23rd July

6.45pm – 7.45pm - Panel 1: Cross-Community Cooperation and Shared Values on our Island North and South

  • Emma DeSouza, National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Brendan Howlin TD
  • Trevor Ringland MBE, Chairman PeacePlayers International (NI)

8pm – 9pm - Keynote Speaker

  •  Jeremy Corbyn MP                


Saturday 24th July

2.30pm – 3.30pm - Panel 2: Abortion Rights – at home and abroad 

  • Micaela Raffa Barro, General Secretary of the Socialist Youth of Mendoza (Argentina)
  • Ellen O'Sullivan, Chair of Labour Women
  • Ellen Murphy, Abortion Rights Campaign

3.45pm – 4.15pm - Workshop: Pop-up Gaeltacht

This workshop is open to Labour Youth members only

4.30pm – 5.30pm - Panel 3 - The Workers United: Social, Economic and Climate Justice in the Workplace

  • Lisa Connell, Fórsa
  • Owen Reidy, ICTU
  • Cllr. Alison Gilliland, Lord Mayor of Dublin

6pm - 7pm

Speech by Party Leader, Alan Kelly TD and address by Jack Nolan, Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School. 

The Jim Kemmy Thirst for Justice Award will be presented to Rose McKinney for her work campaigning for justice for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.