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GMB Congress 2015 In Dublin

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

98th GMB Congress To Held In Dublin In June 2015 For The First Time Since 2nd Congress In 1891

The venue will be Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin which will be taken over entirely by GMB 600 delegates and visitors for the duration of the event

The 98th Annual GMB Congress will come back to Dublin in 2015 for the first time since the 2nd GMB Congress was held in the city in 1891.

The venue will be Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin which will be taken over entirely by GMB delegates and visitors for the duration of the event from Sunday 7th to Thursday 11th June 2015.

This follows a meeting of the GMB Central Executive Council (CEC) held at Citywest Hotel which voted unanimously to hold GMB Congress 2015 at the venue. The event will bring more than 1,000 people to Dublin.

The Congress consists of delegates elected to represent over 623,000 members from every part of Britain and Ireland from every sector of the economy. In addition there will visitors, guests and exhibitors and partners to attend GMB Congress. Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union.

The second Congress of the Gas and General Workers Union, the forerunner of GMB, was held in Dublin in 1891 when the Dublin branch was the second largest branch in the union in Britain and Ireland.

Adolphus Sheilds, the then organizer of the union in Ireland, was instrumental in bringing James Connelly from Scotland to Ireland. A new book, James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland, will be published by the Jim Connell Society supported by GMB and RMT before the end of the year. This is based upon newly re-discovered letters and writings and sheds new light upon the writing and reception of Connolly's last major work. This profusely illustrated book looks at Connolly's contribution to the cultural and political life of Ireland against the backdrop of the centenary of the Dublin Lock-Out and other major events in Irish history.

Steve Short, GMB Executive Officer said, “GMB is looking forward to holding its annual Congress in Dublin in 2015.

The Central Executive Council voted unanimously to select Citywest Dublin as the venue for GMB Congress 2015. With its beautiful grounds, well-appointed accommodation and excellent conference facilities we are sure that Citywest will host a memorable GMB Congress.

Delegates representing over 623,000 GMB members from all parts of Britain and Ireland and from every sector will meet to discuss all the industrial, economic and political issues relevant to workers on these islands.

For many of those attending it will be their first time in Ireland and many will stay on to enjoy the many attractions the country has to offer visitors.”

Pat McCann, Chief Executive Dalata Hotel Group, said, "We are delighted that GMB will hold its Annual Conference in Citywest Hotel, Dublin in June 2015.  This is a major coup for Citywest Hotel and for Ireland as over 1,000 visitors will attend the event.

The team at Citywest is thrilled the property has been chosen as the venue for this important conference. Dalata Hotel Group, which manages Citywest Hotel, will support the Hotel team to ensure the smooth running of the Conference.

Events like this demonstrate Ireland's ability to attract large international conferences, and Government initiatives, e.g. the continuance of the lower VAT rate, have been very helpful in this regard."

Brían Ó Gáibhín, Chairperson South Dublin County Tourism, said, “The partners in South Dublin County Tourism base themselves on four simple principles: community spirit, hard work, mutual trust and the co-operation among all our partners in South Dublin County. As the old Irish saying goes ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ – ‘There is no strength without unity’.

We all look forward to being part for this and offering any help and support required to ensure a successful congress and that you also enjoy the wonderful facilities and hospitality we have on offer in Citywest Hotel, Conference & Event Centre and the Dublin area.”


Contact: Steve Short, GMB Executive Officer on  020 7391 6739  or GMB Press Office; 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755, Pat McCann on 087 241 7592, Brían Ó Gáibhín on 087 284 4195


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