The Tom Johnson Summer School is an event open to all members.


The 2019 Tom Johnson Summer School
12-14 July | Galway
Defending Democracy


You can purchase your online ticket for the Tom Johnson Summer School 2019 here!
All members and supporters welcome


The 25th annual Tom Johnson Summer School will be held in NUI Galway from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2019. 

Friday 12th July

6.15pm: Registration  

6.45pm: Welcome address 

Cllr. Níall McNelis 

7pm - 8.15pm: Panel 1 - The Future of Workers' Rights

Professor Rob Gilles, Professor of Economics, Queen’s University Belfast

Senator Ged Nash

Craig McHugh, Union of Students in Ireland

Anne Ryan, Basic Income Ireland

8.30pm - Keynote Address

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Home Secretary

9.30pm - Reception


Saturday 13th July

10am - 11.15am - Panel 2 -¡No Pasarán!: Fighting the Rise of the Far Right

Laura Harmon, National Women’s Council of Ireland

Miriam Mirwitch, Chair of Young Labour UK

Sinéad Nolan, Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

11.30am -12.45pm - Panel 3 - The Threat of Climate Chaos: Environmental Change for a Greener Future

Leontien Friel Darrell, Extinction Rebellion 

Niamh Garvey, Trócaire

Dr. Aideen O’Dochartaigh, Not Here Not Anywhere

Alex White, former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

2pm - 3.15pm - Panel 4 - Breaking the Chains of Poverty: Combatting Financial Inequality

Dr. Laura Bambrick, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Senator Alice Mary Higgins

Hazel Nolan, GMB Scotland

Jack O'Connor, Chair of the Labour Party and former President SIPTU

3.30pm - 4.45pm - Panel 5 – Healthcare For All?: Challenging Barriers to Access

Noah Halpin, This Is Me – Transgender Healthcare Campaign

Maria Ní Fhlatharta, Abortion Rights Campaign

Anne Waithira Burke, AkiDwa

Colm Walsh, Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforce

7.30pm - Gala Dinner 

The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway

Speech by Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD, presentation of the Jim Kemmy Thirst for Justice Award to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), and address by Alexander Walker, Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School. 

Phil Ní Shéadghda will collect the Jim Kemmy Thirst for Justice Award on behalf of the INMO. 


Sunday 14th July

11am - 1pm - Workshop: Running for Election

Sarah Dunne

Shane Folan

Cllr. Ciara Galvin

Cllr. Conor Sheehan


Labour Youth rates are for Labour Youth members aged under 30. Tickets with accommodation include 2 nights (Friday 12th and Saturday 13th) in private rooms within shared apartments in NUIG. 

For more information, please contact [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a great event!