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This year marks the 24th annual Tom Johnson Summer School. The first summer school was held in 1994 and is now a major event in the Labour Party calendar held every summer which provides party members and supporters with an opportunity to discuss issues with speakers from within and outside the Labour Party. This year is also the lead up to the centenary of the Democratic Programme, which Tom Johnson wrote, and will be a key aspect of the weekend as the Party works this year to draft a new vision, ‘A New Republic’. Congratulations to the recipients of the Jim Kemmy Thirst for Justice Award, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI). Labour Youth selected the RCNI for the award for its dedication to the survivors of sexual violence and its work to prevent sexual violence.

SCHEDULE Great National South Court Hotel, Limerick Friday 15th June 6.30pm Registration 7.20pm

Opening Remarks: Jan O’Sullivan TD


Panel 1: The Arts as a Vehicle for Change

Brian Maguire, Artist Pat Moylan, Theatre Producer and former Chairman of The Arts Council Peter O’Neill, Director of the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics and Belfast International Comedy Festival Tom Shortt, Art Development Worker, Prison Education Service 9pm Drinks reception

Saturday 16th June 10-11.15am

Panel 2: The Age of the Precariat

Fiona Dunne, Programme Manager, ICTU Noel Murphy, Independent Workers Union Jack O’Connor, Party Chair & former General President at SIPTU Lisa Wilson, Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute 11.15-11.30am

Coffee Break

11.30am-12.45pm Social Change

Panel 3: Left Wing Economics in an Era of

Dr Shana Cohen, Director of TASC Mark Durkan SDLP Dr Mary Murphy, Senior Lecturer Department of Sociology, Maynooth University Jan O’Sullivan TD, Spokesperson on Housing & Local Government, Enterprise & Innovation




Panel 4: Feminism - A Century since Suffrage

Joan Burton TD Síona Cahill, President Elect, USI Caoimhe Doyle, former co-convener of the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) and board member Rola (Hamed) Abu Zeid O’Neill, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) UCC, Coordinator of Women’s Studies 3.30-3.45pm

Coffee Break


Keynote Speaker: Lord Alf Dubs

7.30pm Dinner Jim Kemmy speech by Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD, presentation of the Thirst for Justice Award to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), and address by James Joy, Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School. Dr. Clíona Saidléar will speak and accept the award on behalf of the RCNI.

Sunday 17th June 11am-1pm

Workshop: A New Republic

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Lord Alf Dubs Alf Dubs was born in Prague, arriving in the UK in 1939 on a Kindertransport train at the age of six. He was an elected Member of Parliament from 1979-87. During his time in the House of Commons he was a frontbencher on Home Affairs covering police, prisons and criminal justice and, later, for immigration and race relations. After losing his parliamentary seat, he became CEO of the Refugee Council. In 1994 he was appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour Peer. In May 1997, he became a Minister for Northern Ireland until December 1999. He has served on a number of parliamentary committees, including the Joint Committee on Human Rights and then on the Communications Committee which delivered a report criticising the small numbers of women presenting news and current affairs. He is currently on the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee which is looking at aspects of trade post Brexit. He is also a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Parliamentary Assembly. He has been an active Fabian for many years and was previously Chair. He has also been Chair of Liberty. He has successfully campaigned to allow unaccompanied child refugees to enter the UK. Other campaigns include: To abolish cluster munitions; Pardons for soldiers shot at dawn in WW1; Assisted Dying; Against the death penalty overseas.

SPEAKERS Joan Burton Joan Burton TD has served her country as Leader of the Labour Party, Tánaiste, and in a number of ministerial roles - most recently as Minister for Social Protection from 2011 to 2016. Joan was also the first female leader of the Labour Party. As a member of Dublin Fingal County Council, she vigorously campaigned for the proper planning of housing developments and an end to corruption in the planning process. She was the Labour Party’s spokesperson on Finance from 2002 to 2011 where she, in conjunction with her party colleagues, opposed the ‘bank guarantee’ of 2008 - having foreseen the catastrophic damage it would do to the Irish economy. She is a long standing champion of education for all, a living wage, social welfare reform and is a regular contributor to academic ‘think tank’s’, committees and the national media. Joan is proud to have been elected to represent the Dublin West constituency for the 5th time.

Síona Cahill Síona Cahill, 26, is the incoming President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Currently Vice President for Equality & Citizenship, she is also Chair of the National ‘Students for Choice’ campaign for full reproductive rights in Ireland. She is a recipient of the 2015 ‘Equality Activist of the Year’ award, as well as receiving a GALA for her work on LGBTI+ advocacy in 2017. In 2017, she was appointed to the steering committee for the National Strategy for Women and Girls as well as the world’s first LGBTI+ youth strategy. Síona works primarily in campaigning, as well as advocacy for access to education. She sits on the board of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) as well as the Association for Higher Education Access for students with disabilities (AHEAD).

Dr Shana Cohen Dr Shana Cohen is the Director of TASC. She studied at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a PhD in Sociology. Her PhD analysed the political and social consequences of market reform policies in Morocco for young, educated men and women. Since then, she has continued to conduct research on how economic policies have influenced political and social identity, particularly in relation to collective action and social activism. She has taught at George Washington University, the University of Sheffield, and most recently, University of Cambridge, where she is still an Affiliated Lecturer and Associate Researcher. Her areas of teaching have included global social policy, globalization, and human services. Before coming to TASC, she was Deputy Director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge. Beyond academic research, Shana has extensive experience working with NGOs and community-based organizations in a number of countries, including Morocco, the US, the UK, and India.

Caoimhe Doyle Caoimhe Doyle is a former co-convener and a current board member of the Abortion Rights Campaign. She has been actively involved in abortion rights activism for the last 5 years.

Mark Durkan Mark Durkan was Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2001-2002 and Minister for Finance & Personnel 1999-2001. He was also a negotiator for the Good Friday Agreement (1996-98). Mark was an MP for Foyle from 2005-2017 and leader of the SDLP from 2001-10. He was an MLA 1998-2010 and served on Derry City Council 1993-2000. Mark was also SDLP Chairperson 199095 and worked as Assistant to John Hume 1984-98. He was also elected Deputy President of the USI 1982-84.

Fiona Dunne Fiona Dunne has been a Programme Manager with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for 10 years and is responsible for the development and delivery of Congress projects including a union recruitment drive UnionConnect, an income distribution and earning inequality H.E.A.P., a youth education and engagement programme YouthConnect, and multi-union collaborations ONE Cork and ONE Galway. She has been engaged with the trade union movement since 1990 first as an active member of the ESU (formerly the ESBOA) before taking on a couple of national roles, first as Equality Officer and then as Vice-President before returning to education in the early noughties to become a graduate of Trinity College with a BA in Economics and Politics in 2008. As part of her brief Fiona facilitates the network of Trades Councils around the country to re-establish the union presence on a county basis and build and manage local and community relations by developing and devising new organising and campaigning initiatives. Currently she is working closely with a Steering Group of the Executive Council of Congress to assess the feasibility of opening local trade union centres in major urban areas around the country.

Brendan Howlin Brendan Howlin is Leader of the Labour Party. Brendan’s political career has spanned over 30 years to date and has represented the people of Wexford as a TD since 1987. Brendan served as Minister for Health from 1993-1994, Minister for the Environment from 1994-1997 and Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 2007-2011. He had previously been a member of the Seanad from 1983-1987. Brendan was the first Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform from 2011-2016, where he undertook sweeping reforms of the public service during the most challenging economic recession in the history of the Republic. Brendan held the Labour Party seat and topped the poll in Wexford in the 2016 General Election and has been Party Leader since May 2016.

James Joy James is the Director of the Tom Johnson Summer School. James is from Dublin, living in Cork and is a former Chair of the UCC/ Jim Kemmy Branch in Cork South Central. A UCC student, James joined Labour following the 2016 General Election and has been active in Labour Youth for just over a year. James became Policy & Education Officer in mid-2017 and was then re-elected last November. He is also National Vice-Chairperson of Labour Youth.

Brian Maguire Brian Maguire is a painter whose work is concerned with violence. Working both in and outside the studio he has completed projects in many prisons throughout Europe and the Americas in particular presenting a work as part of the Dublin Contemporaries (2012), ‘Seed Corn is not for Harvesting’ which focused on the many deaths of young people in the Drimnagh /Crumlin area of Dublin. He has worked with bereaved families regarding the Femicide in Ciudad Juaraze, Mexico. In 2018 he presented in the Irish Museum of Modern Art a one person show in 2018, ‘War Changes its Address - The Aleppo Paintings’. His work is held in public collections in Ireland, USA, UK, Netherlands, Finland and Brazil. He is represented for many years by the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and since 2015 by Fergus McCaffrey, New York and Tokyo. He is a member of Aosdána. He has had a lifelong involvement in politics in Ireland.

Pat Moylan Pat Moylan was Artistic Director of Andrews Lane Theatre for 18 years and during that time she presented hundreds of shows that were enjoyed by thousands of patrons. In 2008 she was thrilled to have been nominated for a Special Award by The Irish Times for her work during that period. Other credits include Angela’s Ashes – the Musical in 2017, Brighton Beach Memoirs with Carole King, the highly acclaimed and award winning Beowulf the Blockbuster, written by and starring Bryan Burroughs, Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer winner of a Fringe First in Edinburgh and Driving Miss Daisy at the Gaiety Theatre. With John McColgan and Moya Doherty she produced A Tribute to Edna O’Brien at the Gaiety Theatre in 2016. In addition to her theatre producing, film credits include the multi award winning short ‘The Breakfast’ and the feature film ‘Borstal Boy’ directed by Peter Sheridan starring Shawn Hatosy and Danny Dyer. In 2014 Pat completed a five-year term as Chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland.

Dr Mary Murphy Dr Mary Murphy works as senior lecturer on the BA Politics and Active Citizenship in the Department of Sociology in Maynooth University in 2007. Her research interests include labour market and social security policy, power and civil society, and gender. She has published widely in key journals and books Towards a Second Republic (with P Kirby Pluto Press 2011) and The Irish Welfare State in the 21st Century (co-edited with F Dukelow Palgrave 2016). A contributor to national policy debate she was a member of the National Expert Advisory group on Taxation and Social Welfare 2011-2014 and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 2013-2017.

Noel Murphy Noel Murphy is the recently retired National Secretary of the Independent Workers Union. He started work at age 17. He served his apprenticeship as a butcher and became Secretary of his Union the Cork Operative Butchers Society at age 21. He held the position of Secretary of the Cork Council of Trade Unions from 1987 to 2002. He was the Cork representative for the AT&GWU from 1998- 2002. Noel is a founding member of the Independent Workers Union, established in 2002, and its National Secretary until retirement.

Jack O’Connor Jack O Connor has been Chairperson of the Labour Party since April 2017. He has been active in the Trade Union & Labour Movement all his working life. He currently sits on the Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). He represents Ireland on the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation, (ETUC) and on the General Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). From 2003 until recently he was General President of the Country’s largest Trade Union SIPTU (and its Vice President from 2000). During the crisis years of 2007 to 2011, he served as Vice President and then President of ICTU. Jack is also the Party’s general election candidate for the Wicklow constituency.

Peter O’Neill Peter O’Neill has over 35 years’ expertise in campaigning, strategic planning, policy work, public affairs and media management. A former Director of the student movement in Northern Ireland (NUS-USI), his work was recognised by the conferring of a lifetime achievement award by the National Union Students – only the third such recipient in its history. He was also Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Policy Officer with Housing Rights. More recently, Peter was the Northern Ireland Manager for the Alliance for Useful Evidence at Nesta. He founded and currently acts as Director of the annual Belfast Comedy Festival. He also established and programmes the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics which takes place every March. His qualifications include LLM in Human Rights Law and MSSc European Studies.

Rola (Hamed) Abu Zeid O’Neill Rola is a political and feminist sociologist with interests in memory, ethnicity, gender, conflict, and immigrant communities. Rola has presented and taught several courses and lectures within these fields, including the Middle East, Modern Asia, and Islam. Rola is in the last stage of completion of her PhD, her research ‘Gender, Memory and Nakba’. Rola’s PHD highlights the personal and diverse experiences of Internal Displaced Palestinian women within the context of the wider gender, social and political changes that have taken place since the Nakba (Palestinian Catastrophe). Rola was born in Nazareth and has studied and worked in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. She has more than 13 years’ experience in capacity building in women’s and political empowerment organizations in Israel and Palestine.

Jan O’Sullivan Jan O’Sullivan is Labour Party TD for Limerick City and spokesperson on Housing and Local Government, Enterprise and Innovation. Jan served as Minister for Education and Skills from 2014 to 2016, Minister of State for Housing and Planning from 2011 to 2014 and Minister of State for Trade and Development in 2011. Jan campaigned against the insertion of the 8th amendment into the Constitution in 1983. She has been a TD for the people of Limerick City since 1998.

Dr. Clíona Saidléar Dr. Clíona Saidléar is the Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), the rape crisis owned policy level organization working to end sexual violence. Clíona has been with the RCNI since 2004 when she joined in a communications and policy role. This makes her one of the most experienced sexual violence specialists in Ireland. In her time with RCNI she has led on and been part of collaborations for cultural change, prevention, legislative change, consent education, statistical data, child protection, governance, innovation and data protection. She has commissioned research and changed the direction of interventions over the course of her time working to end sexual violence. She works with survivors and across the sexual violence sector, with government departments and agencies, and on influencing public discourses. She has previously worked with a political party in Wales, Plaid Cymru, and the Royal College of Nursing after she completed her doctoral thesis on creating political possibilities with the Department of International Politics in Aberystwyth.

Tom Shortt Tom Shortt qualified as an art teacher at NCAD and worked at Scoil Carmel Secondary School in Limerick until it closed in 2016. Redeployed to LCETB he was appointed as Arts Development Officer for the Irish Prison Service in 2017. Tom was a founder and chairman of the Limerick Multi-denominational School Project and served as Education Officer of EVA, the Limerick based exhibition of Contemporary Art. He was Chairman of the Limerick Skatepark Action Group which successfully campaigned to develop a municipal skatepark. Tom was also elected as a Labour Councillor representing the Northside of Limerick 2009-2014. His work is included in the National Self-Portrait collection at UL.

Lisa Wilson Lisa Wilson is an Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute. Her main research interests lie in the areas of income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards and wellbeing. Lisa is keen to continue to conduct research examining the impact of economic and social policy both at macro- and microeconomic levels. Furthermore, she is interested in exploring ways in which economic and social inequalities can be reduced and in developing policy recommendations to these ends. Lisa completed her PhD in Sociology titled ‘Income inequality and well-being in the United Kingdom’ which she carried out in Queens University, Belfast.

Tom Johnson Summer School 2018 prpgramme  

Renewing Radicalism - A New Republic Full programme of the weekend's events, June 15-17 2018 Limerick.

Tom Johnson Summer School 2018 prpgramme  

Renewing Radicalism - A New Republic Full programme of the weekend's events, June 15-17 2018 Limerick.