SDLP Youth is made up of a collection of young people from various backgrounds right across the island of Ireland, working creatively to ensure the voice of youth is heard in Irish politics.
SDLP Youth plays an active role within the SDLP at all levels of the organisation. It consists of party members aged 30 and under and is entitled to representation on the Party's Ruling Central Executive.
It has particularly strong international ties with sister organisations such as JUSOS in Germany through ECOSY and IUSY.
The current Executive Committee was elected at the SDLP Youth Annual Conference on 13th and 14th April held in St Paul's Parish Centre, Falls Road, West Belfast, on the 20th anniversary of the election of Joe Hendron as MP.
National Executive Committee Members:
Conor McNeill- SDLP Youth Chair
A twenty-five year old QUB Law graduate from Lisburn, Conor is also former election candidate and also managed Cllr Pat Catney’s campaign during the 2011 Assembly and Local Government Elections. Conor is also passionate about Social Justice, Law Reform, Human Rights, Reconciliation, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. In his spare time, Conor is a voluntary project worker for the Law centre and a keen Lacrosse player.
Cliona McCarney- Vice-Chair
Cliona is 19 years old and is a SDLP activist from South Belfast. Working at the Co-Operative and studying Politics and Modern History at QUB, Cliona joined the SDLP two years ago after spending her work experience placement shadowing Alasdair McDonnell. Cliona was elected vice-chair of the SDLP Womens group in January 2012, and hopes to continue to utilise this position to further encourage greater femaleparticipation within the SDLP. Heavily involved in her constituency, Cliona has served as recruitment officer for her Ormeau branch for almost a year. Canvassing in 12 out of 18 constituencies across the North, Clionahas worked tirelessly for the revitalisation of the SDLP at every level of representation. Cliona has a keen interest in welfare reform, higher education and cross-border relations. Outside of the SDLP, Cliona enjoys student politics, gaelic football and baking cupcakes. Cliona has proved herself to be a committed, passionate and hard-working individual.
Ben Niblock- Secretary
Ben is Twenty One, from Magherafelt and is currently an engineering student at QUB. He first got involved with the SDLP through Queens about this time last year and has been involved at many different levels ever since. In his first year he has been elected to the Party Executive,Vice-Chair of his branch and Press Officer for his Constituency. Ben now hopes to extend his services to the youth group as Secretary.
Aisling Gallagher- Equality Officer
Aisling Gallagher is a third year Politics with Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is also the current NUS-USI Women’s Officer, and has recently been re-elected for 2013/2014. She is involved with local campaigning groups such as Alliance for Choice, and has helped bring the issue of Irish women to the top of the NUS Women’s Campaign agenda. She is also a member of the National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts.
Stephen Morrison- Campaigns Officer
Stephen is a 20 year old member from the Oldpark ward of North Belfast. Currently working in recovery banking, his main aim is to increase activism at grass roots. He has a keen interest in reading, Irish history and local football.
Daniel Hendrie- International Secretary
Daniel is 23 and from Ballymoney, he has been active in the party for almost three years. previously a local rep and constutiency organiser for the party, he recenty spent six months working on the european parliamentfor the party and has been working along side the parties international secretary to renew and rebuilt ourconnections with the world.
Bobby Kane- Treasurer
Bobby is 22 and has been involved in student politics at Queens University Belfast since 2009. In the past 4 years he has been a member of student council and held positions on several committees such as Academic Board and campaigns and communications. Outside of politics, Bobby has a keen interest in his extra circulars being the Treasurer of QUB Dance and QUB Cheerleading as well as being the fundraiser manager for QUB Rowing 2010/11.