Conference 2018

The Social Democrats’ second National Conference took place on 26th and 27th January 2018.

Several hundred delegates gathered in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin under the theme Together, Better, Fairer.

Watch Catherine Murphy TD and Róisín Shortall TD give the joint Leaders’ Address below

Want to find out more about our second National Conference?

You can watch the rest of our fantastic discussions from our second National Conference here.

 Read the Leaders’ Address.

 New Party Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive elected







Our new party Chair, Joe O’Connor and Vice-Chair, Carly Bailey.

Members also elected ten members of our ruling National Executive. These are:

  • Sally Aquilina, Meath East
  • Chris Bond, Dublin South West
  • Jan Bosch, Dublin Fingal
  • Geraldine Cunniffe, Dublin North West
  • Noel Dempsey, Kildare North
  • Tom Heneghan, Galway West
  • Síle Ní Dhubhgaill, Cork North West
  • Catherine Stocker, Dublin Bay North
  • Peter Tanham, Dún Laoghaire
  • Kieran Walsh, Limerick City

Conference Motions & Standing Orders Committee






The Conference saw members debate more than 30 motions. A full list of motions is available to download here.

A new Standing Orders Committee was apppointed. Its members are:

  • Liz Bourke, Dublin Fingal
  • Aaron Bowman, Dun Laoghaire
  • Sheila Clifford, Kildare North
  • Frank McGrath, Louth
  • David Ward, Dublin Central


Newly elected members of the National Executive

See the full Conference Programme.


Find out more about the policies, motion and schedule of our second National Conference here.