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The 2017 Tom Johnson Summer School
9-11 June | Cork
¡No Pasarán! – the Fight Against the Right

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Schedule (to date)

Friday 9th June, Metropole Hotel, Cork

6.50pmOpening Remarks: Seán Sherlock TD

Panel 1: The International Fight Against the Right

  • Dr Maura Adshead, Associate Professor in Politics and Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, UL.
  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia
  • Dr David Fitzgerald, Lecturer in History at UCC
  • Michael Semple, visiting professor at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast

Keynote Speaker

  • Antony Beumer, Deputy Secretary General of the S&D Group in the European Parliament


Saturday 10th June


Panel 2: Embracing Diversity & Tackling Intolerance

  • Kate Moynihan, Project Co-ordinator at LINC
  • Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI)
  • Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director at Amnesty International Ireland
  • Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
11.15-11.30amCoffee Break 
11.30am-12.45pm Panel 3: Addressing the Curbing of Workers’ Rights
  • Sharon Cregan, Co-Ordinator at One Cork
  • Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI)
  • Senator Ged Nash
  • Jack O’Connor, General President at SIPTU
12.45 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00-3.30pm Panel 4: Mobilising for Change in an Age of Extremism
  • Annie Hoey, President at Union of Students Ireland (USI)
  • Kathleen Lynch, Labour Party Spokesperson on Mental Health and Disability
  • Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth
  • Teresa Walsh, Chair of ICTU Youth

3:30- 3.45pm

Coffee Break
3.45pm Panel 5: The Economic Discrimination of Minorities
  • Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council
  • Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory
  • Donie O’Leary, Disability Officer at Cork City Partnership Ltd
  • Jan O’Sullivan TD


  • Jim Kemmy speech by Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD, presentation of the Thirst for Justice Award to the Tim Hastings workers, and address by Dylan O’Keeffe, Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School.


Sunday 12th June


Drafting effective submissions for campaigning

  • Annie Hoey, President at Union of Students Ireland (USI)
  • Teresa Walsh, Chair of ICTU Youth