Labour Youth

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Labour Youth
Óige an Lucht Oibre
Chairperson Chloe Manahan
Founded 1979 (1979)
Ideology Social democracy
Mother party Republic of Ireland Labour Party
International affiliation International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)
European affiliation Young European Socialists (YES)
Newspaper The Left Tribune

Labour Youth is the youth wing of the Labour Party of Ireland. Any person under 30 years old is eligible to join.[1]


Labour Youth succeeded the Young Labour League as a full section of the Party in 1979, under Party Leader Frank Cluskey. Members were active in the election of presidential candidate Mary Robinson, forming a base of membership during the campaign that would provide the backbone of leadership within the organisation for years to come. They provided leadership to the National Youth Council of Ireland and in 1992 were among the founding members of the European Council of Socialist Youth. In 1999, along with the main party, Labour Youth merged with Democratic Left Youth.

In the 2007 General Election, Labour Youth opposed a pre-election pact with the centre-right party Fine Gael. The group undertook an active and visible role in the 2011 Irish General Election in support of young candidates such as Ciara Conway, Patrick Nulty and Derek Nolan. They later called on the Party to abandon talks on forming a coalition government with Fine Gael, describing the proposal as undemocratic.[2] Chloe Manahan is Labour Youth's current Chairperson.[3]


As a prominently student organisation Labour Youth has long had a presence in many Universities and Institutes of Technology across Ireland. Originally confined to the larger and more prestigious universities such as Trinity, UCD and UCC, in more recent years efforts have been made to expand. [4]

Labour Youth is currently represented in:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • University College Cork
  • Maynooth University
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Cork Institute of Technology

Constituency level:

  • Dublin South West
  • Dublin South Central
  • Dublin Rathdown
  • Dublin West
  • Dublin Mid-West
  • Kildare North
  • Kildare South
  • Tipperary
  • Wexford
  • Wicklow
  • Cork East
  • Carlow-Kilkenny
  • Cork South Central
  • Cork North Central


The National Youth Executive (NYE) is responsible for the day-to-day running of Labour Youth. Officers are elected to the NYE at Youth Conference, held in November each year.[5] The Labour Party Youth & Development Officer, currently Caroline Winston, is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the NYE.

Current Executive

Executive Position Officer
National Chairperson Chloe Manahan
Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Ahern
Campaigns and Communications Officer Claire O’Connor
Policy & Education Officer James Joy
Women’s and Trans Officer Hazel Gavigan
International Officer Sarah Dunne
Membership Development Officer Luke Carroll

Former National Chairs

  • Kevin Donoghue - 2016-2017
  • Grace Williams - 2015-2016
  • Jack Eustace – 2014–2015
  • Ciarán Garrett – 2013–2014
  • Aideen Carberry – 2012–2013
  • Conor Ryan – 2011–2012
  • Colm Lawless – 2010–2011
  • Rory Geraghty – 2009–2010
  • Gary Honer – 2008–2009
  • Enda Duffy – 2007–2008
  • Graham Ó Maonaigh – 2005–2006
  • Donal Lyons – 2004–2005
  • Rebecca Moynihan – 2002–2004
  • Áine Morris – 2001–2002
  • Mark Garrett – 1997–1999
  • David Leech – 1996–1997
  • Fearghal O’Boyle – 1994–1996
  • Desmond Cullen – 1993–1994
  • Edward Dawson – 1991–1993
  • Paddy Glackin – 1989–1991
  • Vincent Byrne – 1988–1989
  • Michael Barry – 1985–1988
  • Ray McLoughlin – 1983–1985
  • Michael Martin – 1980–1983
  • John Kelleher – 1979–1980

Tom Johnson Summer School

The Tom Johnson Summer School is held annually in July. It is named after Tom Johnson, the first leader of the Labour Party and the only leader to date to serve as the leader of the opposition in Dáil Éireann. At Tom Johnson, panel discussions are held on a number of topics, with speakers from within and outside of the Party.


Labour Youth publishes The Left Tribune on a regular basis.


  1. ^ "Irish Times Article on Labour Youth Age". 
  2. ^ "Labour Youth call on party to ditch coalition talks -". 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Branches". 
  5. ^ "Trinity Student Elected National Chair of Labour Youth". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 

External links

Official Links

  • Homepage of Labour Youth
  • The Left Tribune
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