Via Irish Left Review:
Political Change and People Power
‘New Political Possibilities in Ireland for all Left-Wing Parties in Partnership with Civil Society’
Saturday, 5th February 2011
Gresham Hotel, Dublin
People Power and Left Unity: Towards a New Ireland for All People
This conference will allow left wing parties across the spectrum to compare policies and discuss the prospects for left wing unity. Representatives of communities, equality, rights and women’s groups will also outline their vision for a new Ireland and the prospects for closer co-operation with like minded political parties. The conference will also include a discussion of economic, political and social policies for a new Ireland from a range of left wing thinkers and writers in academia, unions and elsewhere. Union leaders will also present their vision for a new Ireland.
If you wish to attend please download the registration form, available here and send it by post to Tom O’Connor, 9 Carmen Lawn, Upper Belmont, Rochestown, Cork.
You will receive email confirmation on receipt.
Conference Fee is €5 payable at door
(Conference fee is to cover overheads only, it does not include lunch unfortunately.)
Download Conference Timetable here.
Session 1 10am-1pm
Tea/Coffee 11.15 am (15 mins)
The future of the Irish Left: Policies, Political Strategies
and Future Possibilities
Cllr. Dermot Looney- Labour Party
Cllr. Cian O’Callaghan-Labour Party
Aengus O’Snodaigh TD- Sinn Féin
Eoin O’Broin- Sinn Fein (election candidate)
Joe Higgins MEP- United Left Alliance
Cllr. Richard Boyd Barrett- United Left Alliance
Mick Finnegan- Workers Party President
Dr.Ben Nutty- Fis Nua (election candidate).
Session 2 2pm to 4.15pm
Building Alliances in our Common Interest: Unions and Communities Working Together
Ursula Barry- Head of Women’s Studies- UCD
Anne Costello- Community Platform
Dr Mary Murphy-Sociologist, NUI Maynooth
Jack O’Connor-SIPTU Leader
Jimmy Kelly-UNITE Leader
Ailbhe Smyth- Feminist Open Forum
Session 3 4.15pm-6.30pm
New Left Policies for Economic, Social and Political Regeneration
Michael Taft- UNITE
Kathleen Lynch-Prof of Equality Studies, UCD
Michael Burke- Economist and TASC Economist’s Network
Tom O’Connor- CIT Economist and TASC
Niall Crowley- Claiming Our Future
Dr. Kieran Allen – Economic Sociologist, UCD
It is time for radical change in Ireland. After over thirty years of neoliberal government, the left in Ireland is now on the ascendancy. Neoliberalism has destroyed Ireland’s public services and driven up unemployment to 440,000. It has created rampant poverty, one hundred thousand people in mortgage arrears and hundreds on hospital trollies daily. The IMF/EU deal is set to make matters dramatically worse. People must now take power back for themselves. New alliances between progressive politicians, economic and social thinkers, communities, unions and social rights groups must now move centre stage. Charting a blueprint for the future of a new Ireland just weeks from a General Election is the purpose of this conference.