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8th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School

Issued on August 31, 2016 at 04:07 PM



Responding to Climate Change, the global Refugee Crisis and eyewitness accounts from Palestine were among the key issues to feature and be debated in Letterkenny on September 2-3, as delegates gathered for the Eight Annual Global Solidarity Summer School, organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

The overarching theme for the 2016 Global Solidarity Summer School was Global Challenges & Opportunities – Local & Global Responses,which opened on Friday September 2 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

Among the keynote speakers for this year’s event were the Minister of State for International Development, Joe McHugh TD, who delivered the opening address and formally welcomed the Global Solidarity Summer School to Donegal, the first occasion it has been hosted in the county.

Among the other key speakers and themes to feature were: Irish Congress of Trade Unions President, Brian Campfield; Anna Biondi of ACTRAV – the workers bureau of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) along with speakers from a wide range of activist and civil society bodies. More details here

Blog putting the Summer School in context here

Photos from the event are available from the Congress FLICKR account here

Introductory remarks Brian Campfield, Congress President

Opening Address: Minister of State for International Development, Joe McHugh T.D.   

Keynote Address by Anna Biondi, Deputy Director of ACTRAV (Workers Bureau of the ILO) – How the ILO is dealing with major international challenges

Climate Change-Implications of Paris Agreement for Ireland and need for just transition for workers.

Introduction-Sinead Mercier, SIPTU Global Solidarity Committee

 Film :  “This Changes Everything” - A film by Avi Lewis, inspired by Naomi Klein which is an epic attempt to -reimagine the vast challenge of climate change. Trailer available here


Palestineeye witness accounts: Eamon McMahon TUFP and Kevin Daly, INTO - recent delegation with Norwegian unions       

Is the EU/Ireland playing their part in helping to solve the international refugee crisis?

Introduction: Yvonne O’Callaghan, SIPTU Global Solidarity followed by screening of short film: Award winning documentary by Caoimhe Butterly “The Border”: