January 26, 2021

St Gerard’s old boy elected to Labour Youth’s National Executive

A past pupil of St Gerard’s School was elected to Labour Youth’s eight-person National Executive at their National Conference in Waterford last week.

Cian Kelly-Lyth (20), a second-year Sociology and Social Policy student was elected as Campaigns Officer. He was a St Gerard’s School pupil from 2012-2018.

Mr Kelly-Lyth, current Chair of Trinity Labour Youth, said: “It’s an honour to have been elected as Labour Youth’s Campaigns Officer. Going to school in Bray presented great opportunities to get involved in activism, and I was heavily involved in the Green Schools programme. I’m delighted to have the chance to bring  my campaign experience to a national level and to fight for climate action and decent work, among many other issues.”

Labour’s Bray-based Councillor Anne Ferris said she was delighted to hear the news Mr Kelly-Lyth had been elected Campaigns Officer of Labour Youth.

She added: “I am sure that Cian will make a significant contribution to the work of the organisation and we look forward to welcoming here to Bray in the near future. It is great to see a past pupil of St. Gerard’s School being such a strong advocate for young people and I look forward to working with him during his term of office.”

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said: “Enthusiasm, vigour and the energy from Labour Youth gives me energy to fight for a different Ireland, for a better Ireland. The values and integrity of these young people will not only be the future of our party but the future of our country. I wish Cian the very best of luck.”

Mr Kelly-Lyth said one of the big focuses of Labour Youth campaigns throughout the year will be to highlight “the increased pressure young people are coming under across the country”.

He added: “We have a lack of affordable housing, our third-level education has extortionate hidden fees, and there is a dangerous lack of funding for mental health services. Young people in Wicklow need to stand up to governments who are refusing to put young people first.”

PHOTO: Cian Kelly-Lyth 

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