SDLP Youth Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SDLP_Youth

SDLP Youth
ChairpersonKarl Duncan
Vice-ChairpersonKaty Crawford
Founded10 June 1995;
27 years ago
HeadquartersBelfast, Northern Ireland
IdeologySocial democracy
Irish nationalism
Mother partySDLP
International affiliationInternational Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) (observer)
European affiliationYoung European Socialists (YES)

SDLP Youth is the youth wing of the social democratic[2] and Irish nationalist[3] political party, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). Membership of the organisation is entitled to SDLP party members of the age 30 and under.[4] It is organised throughout Northern Ireland and plays an active role within the SDLP at all levels of the organisation.


SDLP Youth is currently organised across much of Northern Ireland, including University societies. The group is split into a number of branches with the executive committee acting as the governing body of the organisation.


SDLP Youth is organised at a national level by the Youth Executive. The Youth Executive is responsible for the day-to-day running of SDLP Youth. It consists of 7 Officers elected at the annual Youth Conference, usually held in the spring.

The current Officers of the Youth Executive elected in March 2021 are:[5]

Executive Position Officer Constituency
Chair Karl Duncan Foyle
Vice-Chair and Campaigns Officer Katy Crawford East Derry
Secretary General Vacant Vacant
Communications Officer Vacant
Equality Officer Ellie-Jo Taylor Foyle
Membership and Recruitment Officer Oisín Donnelly West Tyrone
Policy Officer Inez Murray Upper Bann
Under 18's Officer Ruairí Ryan Wexford
Women's Officer Brónach Crabtree Foyle


The current SDLP Youth branch organisations[6] are:

Former SDLP branch organisations include:


A youth section of the SDLP was first floated in late 1973 which led to the short lived group "the Young Social Democrats" which organised from 1974 to 1976.[11]

The current youth wing started organising in the early 1990s bringing motions, such as the decriminalisation of marijuana,[12] to party conferences but it wasn’t until 10 June 1995 that SDLP Youth became a distinct section of the SDLP when it was added to the party constitution.[13]


SDLP Youth are full members of the Young European Socialists (YES),[14] formerly the European Community Organisation of Socialist Youth (ECOSY), having been admitted at the 1994 conference in Munich.[15] At this 1994 conference future SDLP MLA for South Belfast Conall McDevitt was elected as an ECOSY vice-president after being elected the National Secretary of Labour Youth in 1993.[16] At 2021 YES Congress Leah Rea became the first member of SDLP Youth to be nominated and elected to the YES Presidium as Vice-President.[17]

In 2016 SDLP Youth and YES held a joint seminar in Belfast on "far-right extremism and Brexit" which was attended by young socialist activists from across Europe.[18]

SDLP Youth are also observer members of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY).[19]


  1. ^ Moriarty, Gerry (12 June 1995). "SDLP decides to hold annual leadership vote". The Irish Times. No. 44, 235. The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ "SDLP Website".
  3. ^ "SDLP Website".
  4. ^ "SDLP Constitution clause 18.4a" (PDF).
  5. ^ @SDLPyouth (27 March 2021). "Congratulations to our new executive elected at #SDLPY21 this afternoon! Chair: @KarlWDuncan Vice-Chair and Campai…" (Tweet). Retrieved 27 March 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Branches". SDLP Youth.
  7. ^ "Sdlp Magee". www.facebook.com.
  8. ^ "@strab_sdlpyouth" on Twitter
  9. ^ @SDLPlive (13 December 2010). "SDLP South Down youth formally launches tinyurl.com/38uavho" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "@sdlpu" on Twitter
  11. ^ "Search Page | ECatNI | Public Record Office of Northern Ireland". apps.proni.gov.uk.
  12. ^ "Nexis Uni® - Sign In | LexisNexis". signin.lexisnexis.com.
  13. ^ "Nexis Uni® - Sign In | LexisNexis". signin.lexisnexis.com.
  14. ^ "YES Members list, collected 17 May 2020".
  15. ^ "CONGRESS REPORT". 9 October 1997. Archived from the original on 9 October 1997.
  16. ^ "Conall McDevitt MLA | Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)". 29 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010.
  17. ^ @MissTwice (3 October 2021). "I cannot believe I am typing this, but I am so honoured to say that #YESCongress has put their faith and trust in m…" (Tweet). Retrieved 3 October 2021 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ SDLP Youth [@SDLPyouth] (17 October 2016). "We're excited to be welcoming @YESocialists to Belfast next month. Get in touch if you'd like to attend their event…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ "Member Organisations".

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