In this post the newly elected Chairperson of Labour Youth Aideen Carberry writes about the Labour Youth National Conference held over the weekend.
Our national conference was a great success! Delegates from all over Ireland debated wide-ranging and varied motions, and participated in workshops over the three days.
An Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore TD, opened conference on Friday. He urged students and young people to make sure that they use their vote this coming Saturday. We have long called for elections and referendums to be held on a weekend date to maximise the youth vote.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and, Brendan Howlin TD, welcomed us to his home town of Wexford when he opened our Saturday morning session. The minister spoke extensively on his work in the department and participated in a questions and answers session.
Over the course of the weekend, delegates passed motions ranging from dealing with the crisis in the Eurozone to Junior Certificate reform and reaffirming our support for free access to third level education.
Delegates supported a motion proposed by Trinity College Labour calling on the government to implement the proposed EU Financial Transactions Tax in Ireland.
Delegates also supported motions calling on a wider availability of free abortion services across the island of Ireland, calling for a more efficient application process for asylum seekers and supporting access to third level education for children of non-EU migrants.
On the Constitutional Convention, delegates passed motions seeking a seat in Dáil Eireann to be reseverved for a representative for the Traveller community and seeking full recognition of economic, social and cultural rights in the Constitution.
On employment, delegates have voted for a Youth Entrepreneurship Fund to be established, called on legislation for a right to full-time hours and called for a new agreement to protect lower paid public sector workers upon the expiration of the Croke Park Agreement.
We elected our new officers to this year’s National Youth Executive. I am deeply honoured to have been chosen by my peers to represent Labour Youth as the National Chairperson. I’m also particularly pleased that we have greater gender equality in our executive, with four female candidates out of the seven officer positions getting elected.
I want to thank my predecessor, Conor Ryan, and the officers that worked over the past year for their hard work and dedication to Labour Youth. A big thanks also to each and every member for their continued work in helping and building Labour Youth. Our organisation has continued to grow and our members will continue to fight for a more just, equal and fair society.
At National Conference, delegates elected the National Youth Executive for 2012-2013.
Congratulations to the successful candidates!
National Chairperson Aideen Carberry (Proposed by Dublin South)
Vice Chairperson/Campaigns Sean Rooney (Proposed by DCU)
National Secretary Siobhán de Paor (Proposed by UC Cork)
Recruitment Officer Ciarán Garrett (Proposed by UC Dublin)
International Officer Angelina Cox (Proposed by Trinity Dublin)
Communications Officer Declan Meenagh (Proposed by Maynooth)
Policy & Education Officer Lisa Connell (Proposed by Dublin South)
Best of luck in your term ahead!
And many thanks to our officers from the NYE 2011-2012. To those of you that did not return to the NYE, enjoy your retirement!