Labour Party Think-In to get underway Sunday & Monday, September 10, 11

Labour Trade Unionists
09 September 2017

Embargoed, 00:01 Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Labour Party annual think-in gets underway in Athy in Co.Kildare today, with the party’s TDs, Senators, newly selected election candidates, spokespeople and councillors all in attendance.

The two-day event will feature a range of speakers across sectors including housing, health and education.

Speaking ahead of the think-in, Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin TD, said:

“I am delighted to be here in Athy where we will be discussing some of the biggest issues facing our country, and none more pertinent than housing, health or education.

“We are now one year into this Government’s term in office and we have seen very little real positive action in any of these key areas, with the housing and homelessness crisis devastating communities, and A&E overcrowding at an all time high.

“Over the next two days, we will be looking at some of these issues in detail with keynote speakers and I look forward to a robust discussion.

“We will also be welcoming some new faces to our annual think-in with our newly selected General Election candidates, as well as Labour councillors for the first time.

“With the new Dáil term starting soon, Labour is once again ready and committed to holding this do-nothing Government to account in the year ahead.”


Notes to Editors:

Labour Party Think-In Schedule

Sunday 10th September:

11am Session 1: Local Authorities and the Housing Crisis for Cllrs
Chaired by Cllr Dermot Lacey.

        – Niamh Randall, 

Head of Policy and Communications, Simon Communities of Ireland.

        – Hugh Brennan, 

CEO of Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance12pm Doorstep

12.15pm Association of Labour Councillors meeting (Private )

2pm Brendan Howlin, Opening Address

2.15pm Session 2: Overview of the British General Election (Closed session)

– Patrick Heneghan, Executive Director for Elections, UK Labour Party

3.45pm Session 3: Free Education and Equality of Opportunity
Chaired by Sen. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

        – Michael Kerrigan, 

President of USI.

        – June Tinsley, 

Head of Advocacy Barnardos.

        – Prof. Philip Nolan, 

President Maynooth University6.30pm Kildare South Dáil Candidate Selection Convention

Monday 11th September 

9.30am Session 4: Capital Investment and Irish Infrastructure

 Chaired by Joan Burton TD

        – Caroline Spillane, 

Director General Engineers Ireland

        – Tom Healy, 

Director, Nevin Economic Research Institute11am Doorstep

11.15am General Election Preparation (Closed session)

12.30pm Dr. Rhona Mahony on ‘Challenges in the Health Service’


Contact: Labour Press 083 169 8517


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