THE WORKERS' PARTY OF IRELAND

Successful WP Munster Regional Conference

Well attended party education conference in Waterford City

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Waterford conference audience

The Munster Region of the Workers Party held a very successful party education conference in Waterford City at the weekend (21/1/2012).    Organised by the party's national education committee, the meeting was attended and addressed by a number of guest speakers in addition to party speakers.   The morning session consisted of a presentation by Dr. Tom McDonnell, a prominent economist with TASC, the progressive independent economic think-tank.  Dr. McDonnell's lecture clearly explained the stark facts behind the Anglo Irish Bank controversy and how the ongoing payments to bondholders is draining the Irish economy of vital funds and is retarding economic growth and recovery.
 
The second speaker was Cllr. Dick Roche, Indepenent member of Waterford City Council who spoke of left cooperation on the council between himself and Workers' Party Councillor Davy Walsh, who also addressed the meeting. 
 
Workers' Party National Treasurer and former Party President Sean Garland spoke about the recent High Court rejection of the US government's demand for his extradition and the ongoing campaign for the witdrawal of that request. He also thanked party members and supporters, in addition to the many public representatives and other prominent people who had given strong support to the campaign.
 
Workers' Party President Michael Finnegan spoke of the ongoing work of the party at local, national and international level.  Other speakers included Workers Party research officer Padraig Mannion and Cork press officer John Jefferies. There was plenty of debate and discussion among the audience which included a number of guests to the conference, including well known Waterford trade unionist and trades council member Tommy Hogan and Larry Molloy from the Occupy Waterford campaign.
 
The morning session was chaired by Seán Walsh, Workers Party Waterford constituency chairman.
 

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Some of the speakers at the Waterford Conference

 
The afternoon session consisted of a very informative lecture on Scientific Socialism and the relevance of Marxism in the modern age, given by Michael Donnelly, chair of the party's Education Committee. The session was chaired by Cork education officer John Bowen, a former President of Cork Council of Trade Unions.
 
The conference was closed by Workers' Party General Secretary John Lowry who thanked the speakers for the excellent contributions and spoke about the need to build the Workers Party and strengthen its role in the fight-back against the current austerity regime.

More photos of the conference can be found on the party's Flickr pages at http://www.flickr.com/photos/workerspartyireland/

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