Details of 25 June national ULA event

The event is now being called a Forum of the ULA rather than a National Convention. It is a public event but preference will be given to ULA members regarding speaking from the floor.

Agenda is:
10:00 Registration

10:30 – 12:00 The Left Response to the Crisis
Chair: Ailbhe Smith. Speakers: Paul Murphy, Keiran Allen, Prof. Terence McDonagh

12:15 – 13:45 Workshops

1. The politics of Health
2. Education, a site for resistance
3. Combating Racism
4. How can we make our unions fight?
5. Preparing communities for the fight against water charges and home taxes
6. A radical plan for jobs

14:15 – 16:00 The ULA: What kind of party do we need?
Speakers: Joe Higgins, Richard Boyd-Barrett, Seamus Healy, Declan Bree

16:15 – 17:30 Workshops

1. Women, the new sexism and recession
2. The alternative to the housing crisis
3. What is socialism?
4. New Workers Parties – Lessons from Europe
5. Climate Change – How can we stop the planet burning
6. The Left and the North

17:40 – 18:00 Closing Rally

There is a meeting of the interim steering committee this coming Friday where the SP is proposing a couple of items which would affect the event. Firstly there is the idea of adding 2 people not affiliated to any of the constituent groups to the steering committee. If agreed there will need to be time added to the day somewhere to allow for the non-affiliated to meet and vote on who those two would be. Secondly there are policy papers being produced using the Dáil resource facilities of the TDs on a variety of questions. The SP would like these presented at the forum with consultative votes taken on them. Once again if this is agreed there will need to be time allocated somewhere.


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