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
The morning session was chaired by Seán Walsh, Workers Party Waterford constituency chairman.