Key Media Events at Labour Party Conference this weekend

Labour Trade Unionists
01 November 2018

The 70th National Conference of the Labour Party will take place in the Ballsbridge Hotel this weekend from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime.

The three-day event, which will be attended by 1,000 party members and supporters, will see nearly 100 motions debated. Two significant policy documents on Women’s Health and a Workers Rights Charter will be discussed, alongside panel debates on housing and Brexit.

The full agenda is available here.

The Standing Orders report covering internal elections and running order is available here.

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin will be available to speak to the media at 5pm on Friday at the Conference Hotel.

In the live TV time on Saturday at 11am, we will be joined in a panel discussion on the Future of Women’s Health by Vicky Phelan, Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap who will be presented with the Jo Cox award by Labour Women. They will be available to speak to the media on Saturday at 12.15pm.

See below the key events and speakers on the agenda over the weekend.

#LP18 Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4.

Theme: A New Republic

Friday 2nd November

5pm: Doorstep with Party Leader Brendan Howlin

7.40pm: Opening Address, Brendan Howlin TD

8 – 10pm: Motions on Health; Children & Youth Affairs; Employment Affairs & Social Protection; Transport, Tourism & Sport.

10.30pm: Connolly Café – “Building a New Republic”. Chaired by Evanna Craig, with Padraig Yeates historian and trade unionist; Sen. Ged Nash; Annie Hoey and Marije Laffeber PES Deputy Secretary General.

Saturday 3rd November

9.30 – 11am: Motions on Justice & Equality; Education & Skills; Finance; Foreign Affairs & Trade.

11am: Live TV discussion on Future of Women’s Health policy paper.

Panel 1: Alan Kelly with Vicky Phelan, Lorraine Walsh, and Stephen Teap; who will be presented with the Jo Cox Award by Labour Women.

Note: There will be a media opportunity at 12.15 with the award recipients.

Panel 2: Prof. Louise Kenny, Dr. Gerry Burke, Dr. Louise Caffrey, and Kathleen Lynch.

12pm: Live TV discussion on Labour’s ‘Affordable Housing for All’ policy with Jan O’Sullivan TD, architect Mel Reynolds, Aideen Hayden of Threshold and Mike Allen of Focus Ireland.

2-4pm: Motions including on Party Affairs (including on coalition and party leadership). Also on Housing, Planning & Local Government; Communications Climate Action & Environment; Rural & Community Development.

8pm: Presentation of Larkin Thirst for Justice Award.

8.30pm: Brendan Howlin speech to Labour Party Conference followed by Party Leader drinks reception.

Sunday 4th November

10.30am: Motions on Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht; Brexit; Business, Enterprise & Innovation.

11am: Brexit Panel Discussion.

Chaired by Dominic Hannigan, chair of the International Unit, with Claire Hanna SDLP, Stephen Pound MP, UK Labour Party; Manuel Cortes General Secretary, TSSA Union.

12pm: “A Workers Republic” discussion on Labour’s Policy Document ‘Decent Work for All’.

Chaired by Fiona Dunne, Chair of Labour Trade Unionists with Sen. Ged Nash, Sheila Nunan President of ICTU; John Douglas General Secretary of Mandate; Brian Nolan, Deputy General Secretary of Connect Trade Union; and Ethel Buckley, Deputy General Secretary  SIPTU.

2pm: TBC – Final doorstep with Brendan Howlin.

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