The Party held its 2017 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin this weekend.
The conference theme ”Building a Socialist Future’ provided the backdrop for discussion debate and policy decisions on the economy, housing , education, transport, health and social care, reproductive rights, violence against women, the absence of devolved government in Northern Ireland and international resolutions on Palestine and Catalonia.
The conference also marked two historic events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia in 1917 and the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) in 1967.
Several Party members from South Derry and Belfast who participated in the association’s initial meetings and marches gave personal and political insights into the events, the times and the outcomes.
Party President Michael Donnelly closed the conference with a call on the Party and Party members to ‘proudly stand as the vanguard force in the struggle against capitalism and the fight for justice, jobs and equality… and to work towards establishing a new world that banishes poverty and unemployment.. refusing to be either silenced or censured in that struggle’.
Conference elected the following members to the Party’s incoming Central Executive Committee:
Joe Dowds, Sean Garland, Ultan Gillen Gerry Grainger, John Jefferies, Lily Kerr, Adam McCarthy, Mickey McCorry, Seamus McDonagh, Richard O’Hara, Hilary Rock-Gormley, Eilis Ryan and Gemma Weir
The four reserve members elected were Justin O Hagan, Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Hugh Scullion and Ted Tynan.