Tom Johnson Summer School 2022 - Reimagine Belfast

Online ticket sales for the Tom Johnson Summer School are now closed. A limited number of tickets to our panel events will be available on the door. If you have any queries about the event, please don't hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]

We are so delighted to announce that the Tom Johnson Summer School will be returning as an in-person event this July for the first time since 2019!

We are now in a position to announce our schedule and our full line-up for the weekend!

Friday 1st July


Registration opens


Welcome address by Matthew O’Toole MLA


Panel – Ireland’s Greatest: the Legacy of John and Pat Hume

  • Claire Hanna MP
  • Conal McDevitt, former MLA
  • Karl Duncan, Chair SDLP Youth
  • Helene McManus, President of the Irish League of Credit Unions


Keynote address by Eamon Gilmore, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and former leader of the Labour Party


Saturday 2nd July


Born Here Belong Here: Migrant Rights and Citizenship on the island of Ireland

  • Amanda Nyoni, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI)
  • Cian Kelly-Lyth, Labour Youth’s Born Here Belong Here campaign
  • Leon Diop, Black and Irish
  • Agnieszka Luczak, Migrant Centre NI



Climate Action: A shared solution to a shared problem

  • Senator Rebecca Moynihan
  • James Orr, Director Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland
  • Eric Ehigie, Climate Activist
  • Karen Kerr, Queen’s University Belfast


12.45pm – Lunch



The Good Friday Legacy: the Peace Process in the Next Generation

  • Leah Rea, Vice-President of the Young European Socialists
  • Luke Patterson, Chair Alliance Youth
  • Tara Grace Connolly, former UN Youth Delegate
  • Jay Buntin, PureMental NI



Decrim: Ending the “War on Drugs”

  • Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD
  • Anna Quigley, Coordinator CityWide Drugs Campaign
  • Ryan McHale, Crainn
  • Aisling Hudson, Students for Sensible Drug Policy



Gala Dinner

Featuring speeches by:

  • Labour Party Leader, Ivana Bacik TD
  • Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School and Labour Youth Policy and Education Officer Conal O’Boyle
  • The presentation of the Jim Kemmy Thirst for Justice Award to the people of Ukraine


Sunday 3rd July


Workshop: Running for Election as a young candidate in 2024

Facilitated by Regional Organiser Cllr. Conor Sheehan


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