A Conference entitled ‘New Political Possibilities in Ireland for all Left-Wing Parties in Partnership with Civil Society‘ will be held on Monday January 31st in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin. The conference will give TDs and public representatives from Labour, Sinn Fein and the Left Alliance an opportunity to showcase their economic and social policies in advance of the general election. Arguments will also be presented on the possibilities for a grand coalition of the left as a new potential Irish government.
The conference will also explore how real democracy might be put in to place in Ireland through establishing real networks and working arrangements between civil society and these political parties alongside the trade union sector and progressive academics. This will be augmented by an outline of progressive, fairer and more sustainable economic and social policies by representatives from civil society, unions and leading progressive academics.
Policy issues covered: alternative solutions to the banking crisis; new policies to reduce unemployment; a fairer taxation system; a new budgetary framework; negotiating with the EU and IMF; housing waiting lists and mortgage arrears; social welfare cutbacks; re-vitalising communities; public services; political leadership; More efficient and fairer health and social care policies.
The line up is as follows but more may be added later:
Tommy Broughan TD- The Labour Party
Ciaran Lynch TD- The Labour Party
Michael D. Higgins – The Labour Party
Joe Higgins MEP- Left Alliance
Cllr.Richard Boyd-Barrett-Left Alliance
TDs from Sinn Fein (names to be confirmed)
Michael Taft- Unite and TASC Economists’ Network
Anne Costello- Community Platform
Dr.Mary Murphy- NUI Maynooth, academic, activist and former Policy Officer with Vincent de Paul
Prof. Kathleen Lynch- UCD, academic and activist
Tom O’Connor-Economist CIT
Michael Burke- TASC Economists’ Network and formerly senior international economist with Citibank in London
Jack O’Connor, President SIPTU
Other speakers to be confirmed.
The Conference will run from 9am to 6pm. Admission is 10 euros. Booking in advance is essential. Booking info: tom.oconnorATcit.ie and deirdreobATeircom.net
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A full conference programme will be published later and sent out to all participants. Further details, discussion and news of new speakers will be posted on the Irishleftreview website.
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