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Democratic Programme event on 19th January 2019 January 9, 2019

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ILHS + Labour Party, The Trinity Suite, Gresham Hotel.

Registration 12.30 pm – Seminar 1.00- 4.15pm

Introduction and Welcome: Jack Mc Ginley (ILHS) & Alex White (LP)

Session 1. The Past

Speakers: Rayner Lysaght, & Charles Callan (13.10-13.55)
Chair: Fionnuuala Richardson Vice President ILHS

Session 2. The Present
Speakers: Emmet O’ Connor, & Senator Ivana Bacik (14.00- 14.45)
Chair: Evanna Craig (LP)

Session 3 A New Republic
Brendan Howlin + Video (14.45-15.15)
Introduction by: tbc

Session 4 Contemporary Debate on the future of the New Republic and Tom Johnson’s legacy.
Speakers: Jack O’Connor, Alex White, Mary McAuliffe, Catriona Crowe.

Chair: Jack McGinley President Irish Labour History Society

Notes on Speakers for Tom Johnson ILHS-Labour Party event on January 19th 2019 in the Gresham Hotel.

Jack McGinley, works in the library of Trinity College Dublin, is a former member of SIPTU’s National Executive Council, President of SIPTU’s Dublin District Council. Jack has been President of the ILHS second time around since 2014, and is the Principal of the not for profit publishing company Umiskin Press, which published titles on Frank Cluskey, Matt Merrigan, William Walker, and 20th Century Irish labour Lives. (www.umiskinpress.wordpress.com). Jack recently gave a paper on the trade union response to the Conscription Crisis in 1918 in Ireland from a trade union perspective at the Mansion House Forum.

Brendan Howlin T.D., is Leader of the Labour Party since 2016, having previously been deputy-leader a member of the Dail since 1987 for the Wexford constituency having prior to that been a member of Seanad Eireann, and has held a number of Government Ministries’ including the Department of Public Enterprise & Reform; Health; & the Environment. He was Leas Ceann Comhairle of Dail Eireann from 2007 to 2011 and Alderman of Wexford Corporation 1981-1993, and a member of Wexford County Council from 1985 to 1993.

Fionnuala Richardson, Vice President of the ILHS, now retired, is a former Director of the Peoples College, worked for the Socialist Group of the European Parliament from 1974-1988, was Deputy General Secretary of the Group from 1980-1988. She contributes the chapter of Frank Cluskey M.E.P. in Umiskin Press’s Cluskey: The Conscience of Labour (June 2015).

Professor Emmet O’ Connor lectures in the University of Ulster, and is one of the Honorary Presidents of the ILHS of which he is a past editor of the Journal Saothar, with Francis Devine and Tom Crean. He is author of a number of books and essays on James Larkin, A Labour History of Ireland, A chapter on William Walker 1870-1918 in Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland, Book 1, Umiskin Press 2017.

Ivana Bacik, is a member of staff in the Law Department in Trinity College Dublin, a member of Seanad Eireann for the Dublin University Constituency, a longstanding member of the Labour Party and a well-known activist on women’s rights, and secular education. She is a former President of the TCDSU.

Rayner Lysaght aka D R Lysaght O’Connor; is a noted left wing commentator, member of the ILHS committee, and has written on James Connolly; The Limerick Soviet; and the Dublin Steampacket Company Dispute 1915-16. Rayner’s most recent publication was Studies in Irish Labour History, 15, From the GPO to the Winter Palace, ILHS 2016.

Charles Callan is a former Secretary of the ILHS, and was a painter before becoming a staff member in ANCO/FAS. Among Charlie’s most recent publications are items on Peadar Macken, the Building Workers Strike, and Painters in Unions (Watchword); the Anti-Conscription Campaign in Ireland 1918 and a chapter on John Mulhall in Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland, Book 1, Umiskin Press 2017. Charlie also jointly edited along with Barry Desmond, Irish Labour Lives, Watchword Limited, Dublin, December 2010.

Jack O’Connor is a former General Officer of SIPTU 2000-2017, and is Chairman of the Labour Party. He is a current member of the ICTU having previously served as both Vice President, 2007-09 and President of ICTU 2009-2011.He will contest the Wicklow Constituency as a Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming General Election.

Councillor Alex White is a former TD and Junior Government Minister, a barrister, and former radio producer with the national broadcasting organisation RTE. Alex is contesting the Labour Party nomination for the Dublin Constituency of the European Parliament at the upcoming convention.

Evanna Craig has been centrally involved in the Labour Party consideration of the Democratic Declaration as project manager and in the convening of the party membership in the updating of ‘A New Republic’ policy document.

Catriona Crowe is a member of the editorial team of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its ninth volume, covering the period 1948 to 1951, in November 2014. She is the editor of Dublin 1911.Catriona was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2012. She is a past president and founder member of the Women’s History Association. Her work has been published in many journals, notably the Dublin Review, Irish Archives and Saothar (Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, of which Catriona is an honorary president. She was a jury member of RTÉ’s A Poem for Ireland campaign and is currently chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute. She is an adjunct Professor of History at UL since 2013. She is chairperson of the SAOL Project, a rehabilitation initiative for women with addiction problems and their children, and chairperson of the Inner City Renewal Group, which delivers employment and welfare rights advice and support to people living in the north inner city.

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1. EWI - January 9, 2019

I hope that Rayner’s voice is in good form on the day to deal with all the inevitable ‘Labour must wait’ claims about 1918/19 🙂

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2. Joe - January 9, 2019

Two things.
Mary McAuliffe is a speaker but appears to have been omitted from the biogs. Might be too late, but the organisers might want to fix that.
And.
“Alex is contesting the Labour Party nomination for the Dublin Constituency of the European Parliament at the upcoming convention.”
We need a thread on the runners and riders for the Euro elections, coming in May. I’m thinking Dublin but I suppose the rest of the island could be included :).
Who will be the FG, FF, Lab candidates? What about SolidarityPbP – how many candidates? Greens? Independents? Others?
I’ve left out SF cos I assume their MEP will run again and retain the seat. But predictions for the final outcome anyone?

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - January 9, 2019

Right about Mary McAuliffe, who is, by the by, Editor of the ILHS Journal Soother. beyond that, we will try and rectify her omission from the above list asap.

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irishelectionliterature - January 9, 2019

Re Europe, In Dublin … Éilis Ryan is running for the WP, Gary Gannon is looking to run for the SD’s. Ciaran Cuffe running for the Greens.
Think Mary Hanafin, Tiernan Brady and Conor Lenihan are looking for the FF nomination.

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WorldbyStorm - January 9, 2019

Gannon announcing it in the last twenty four hours is interesting – hat early enough in the ring

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Joe - January 9, 2019

Frances Fitzgerald in the mix for FG?

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Polly. - January 9, 2019

Oh God my heart sinks at virtually every one of those names. Ireland cannot afford to waste a single EP seat on politicians marking time, having a bit of a rest, regrouping for a Dail run. We have 11 or 13 seats out of 751 or 705, the Parliament has more and more of an effect on legislation all the time, and individual MEPs can only be effective if they really, really put their back into it.

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WorldbyStorm - January 9, 2019

Absolutely agree.

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GW - January 10, 2019

Absolutely Polly – only vote for candidates who have a genuine willingness to work at the European level rather than regarding it as a sideways leap until they can re-enter national politics.

And furthermore don’t vote for any EP candidate who is essentially against the EU.

That’s like voting for a TD that wants to abolish Dáil Éireann.

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Jolly Red Giant - January 10, 2019

GW – excuse me while I – ROTFLMFAO

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GW - January 10, 2019

JRG – your welcome!

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GW - January 10, 2019

even you’re

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3. Jolly Red Giant - January 9, 2019

Jaysus – that is one centenary conference that is worth missing.

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EWI - January 9, 2019

Jaysus – that is one centenary conference that is worth missing.

Nobody mention Connolly.

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - January 9, 2019

Don’t worry, he’ll be brought into it.
And you, JRG, might learn something from it.

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Jolly Red Giant - January 10, 2019

Doubt that very much

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - January 10, 2019

Doubt can be a useful leaven: cynicism- never.

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Jolly Red Giant - January 10, 2019

I think I’m washing my hair that day 😉

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - January 10, 2019

You make my point

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