The 2017 SYS Conference was held in the opulent surroundings of the Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in County Carlow on the weekend of 10-12 November 2017.

Following a year of world media being dominated by stories of migration and asylum matters, the poignant subject of Human Rights was the chosen theme for the conference. The conference was opened by our Chair for the event, Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society of Ireland and the 1986/7 Chair of the SYS, who provided top class moderation and his own summary note offered much food for thought for our delegates.

Our opening speaker, Gareth Noble, a leading solicitor in litigating for children with disabilities, shared his expertise in this area. Mary Condell, legal advisor for Sage (Support and Advocacy Service for Elder people) imparted a very interesting insight into the Assisted Decision Making Act. Hannah Cahill, a Department of Justice and Equality case processor on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service Legal Panel, gave a presentation on the rights to education and the impact on persons with disabilities, which lead to a thought provoking interchange on this matter with fellow expert, Gareth Noble during our Q&A session. The conference was rounded off by a note from Michael Murphy, BL, on the impact of Brexit on Public International Law and Self-Determination.

SYS Chair, Máire Neary, later addressed our delegates and speakers at the black tie gala dinner that evening. A special shout out and presentation of flowers was delivered to our treasurer, Lucy O’Neill, for her upcoming wedding only a number of days later! The dancefloor did not empty for the entire evening and it was a certainly a night to remember!