The meeting, also sponsored by the Labour Committee on Ireland, starts at 9.00pm on Sunday, 25 September, 2011 in Britannia 2, Holiday Inn Express, Albert Dock, Liverpool (Gower Street entrance, see attached Fringe Guide map). The hotel is outside the secure area and entry does not require a conference pass. Tea/coffee and drinks will be available from the bar.
Within the framework of the Forum’s focus on pressing the case for Irish unity, this year’s fringe meeting: “Debt Crisis and the Cause of Ireland” is an opportunity for Labour members to engage in discussion with Irish trade union leaders about the economic crisis and the need for an effective political response across Britain and Ireland.
The panel of trade union leaders comprises Jack O’Connor, ex president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and General Secretary of SIPTU (Dublin-based Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) represents over 200,000 workers); Patricia McKeown, ex president ICTU and Northern Ireland Secretary of UNISON; and Jimmy Kelly, the Irish Region Secretary of Unite the union.
The Forum is looking again at James Connolly’s belief that the cause of Labour and the cause of Ireland are inextricably linked. Responding to the trade unions a wide-ranging political platform of Shaun Woodward MP, shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland; Margaret Ritchie MP, MLA, the leader of the SDLP; Mary Lou McDonald TD, Vice President Sinn Fein; Jack Dromey MP, shadow minister Communities & Local Government and former MP, Dr Kevin McNamara
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