The recent Social Democrats national conference in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin was an historic one for the Louth branch which experienced an incredibly successful event.
Aishling Silke, vice-chair of the local branch was elected to the party’s national executive. This is the governing body of the party that oversees and ensures the governance of the party. Aishling who is from Ardee is an assistant professor at Dublin City University. Aishling is also a very active member of SIPTU.
“I am both humbled and honoured to get the full support of my party colleagues in electing me to our national council,” said Ms Silke.
"My main purpose for engaging in politics is to reduce the rapidly growing levels of inequality in Ireland, I believe my commitment to social democracy, coupled with my work and experience, will make me an effective member of the National Executive.”
Branch Chairperson Niall McCreanor added what a wonderful achievement it is for Aishling to be elected to the national council and shows the appetite for social democracy is growing. Along with the successes of the election, they also posed a motion to the conference for the party to seek to deem early childhood education a public good that will be provided free as a right for all children.
"The motion posed by the Louth Social Democrats called on the government to recognise the need for a new vision for Early Childhood Education and Care, one that is inclusive and of high quality,” added Mr McCreanor. “Our motion was the first of the conference to pass with the unanimous support of the delegates and without amendment, speaking to the quality of the motion.”
Along with the successes of the posed motion and executive election, the Louth branch also panelled a talk on Social Democracy in Northern Ireland and what a possible roadmap looks like for achieving this.
Party co-leader Róisín Shortall commented, “We are delighted to see the growth of Social Democracy in Louth and would like to congratulate Aishling Silke and the Louth branch for a very impressive election campaign and overall, a historic conference.”