Schedule of events for Labour Party Away Day – Athy

Labour Trade Unionists
10 September 2021

The Labour Parliamentary Party is meeting in Athy to discuss our priorities and platform for the Oireachtas term ahead. Key issues include housing, climate, hospital waiting lists, education, care, and the need for a new social contract.

We will discuss the cost of living in Ireland and a new deal for workers, and hear on Monday afternoon from Dr Laura Bambrick of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and housing expert Professor Michelle Norris.

There will be a session to understand the lessons from the Dublin Bay South Bye-election, and we will launch our Renter’s Rights Bill which will be debated in the Dáil next week.

On Tuesday morning there will be a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in post-Covid Ireland with Ali Sheridan a sustainability and climate adviser, and Dr. Shana Cohen, Director of TASC.

We will also publish a new policy document, A New Deal for our Towns and Villages, a plan for revitalising Ireland’s urban centres, built on a survey of over 1,000 people. It outlines a series of policy proposals anchored on the restoration of town councils and local democracy and a social democratic approach to regeneration and enterprise supports.

What: Labour Parliamentary Party Away Day.

When: 12.30pm Monday 13th September – Tuesday 14th September 2021.

Where: Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Co. Kildare.

Key media opportunities – Monday

1:30pm Opening doorstep and address.

3:45pm Launch of renters’ rights campaign.


2021 Labour Party Away Day Full Schedule


12.30pm Welcome Lunch

1.30pm: Opening Media Doorstep

1.45pm: Party Leader Address

2pm: The Cost of Living in Ireland: A New Deal for Workers

– Chaired by Ged Nash TD.

– Dr. Laura Bambrick, Head of Social Policy & Employment Affairs, ICTU.

– Prof. Michelle Norris, Director of the Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD.

3.30pm: Coffee Break, followed by Labour Party Family Photo

3.45pm: Launch of Renter’s Rights campaign and PMB Bill

– Senator Rebecca Moynihan and Ivana Bacik TD.

4pm: Lessons from the DBS Bye-election (closed session)

– Chaired by Duncan Smith TD.

– Cathal McCann, Political Director.

– Billie Sparks, General Secretary.

– Dermot Ryan, Campaign Manager.


9.30am: The Challenges and Opportunities in post-Covid Ireland

– Chaired by Ivana Bacik TD.

– Ali Sheridan, sustainability and climate adviser.

– Dr. Shana Cohen, Director of TASC.

11am: Coffee Break & launch of ‘A New Deal for our Towns and Villages’

– Senator Mark Wall and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD.

11.30am: PLP meeting (closed session)

1pm: Lunch and depart

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