25 April 2017

The Fingal Labour Party had a strong showing at their Party’s National Conference in Wexford. A strong delegation led by Brendan Ryan TD made a big impact at the Party’s first national Conference since the General Election in 2016.

Ryan “We had 30 people from Fingal in our strongest delegation for many years and we played a had an influence from the very start to the very end of the three days.”

Ryan “At the Conference opening, the very first words out of Brendan Howlin’s mouth was to pass on his condolences and the condolences of the Party, to Swords woman Mary Farrell. Mary worked for my brother Sean for his entire time as a TD and Senator and passed away the Friday morning after a period of ill health. It was a warm tribute to a woman who gave many years of activism and service to the Party.”

Ryan “Across the weekend itself, I moderated a debate on Transport and communications, highlighting the need for strong public transport and improved investment in our infrastructure. Cllrs Duncan Smith and Brian McDonagh took part in the debates on the Future of Work and Climate Change respectively.

Ryan “A highlight of the weekend for our delegation took place during the debate on a new constitution for the Party. Labour member from Donabate Tony McDermott moved an amendment to ensure local Labour branches could still bring Motions on policy to the annual conference. There was a proposal in the new constitution that motions could only be brought by Constituency Councils. Despite opposition from Party leadership, McDermott’s motion, with support from myself, Cllr Duncan Smith and former Cllr Gerry McGuire, received a backing from the Conference delegates and was passed, ensuring our grassroots branches still had a voice at Conference.”

“The Conference was closed by Rush member Robert O’Donoghue giving a stirring rendition of The Red Flag”.

Ryan “It was great to see such a vibrant showing from our delegation at the Conference.”