April 21, 2017, 2:02 a.m.
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It is the party's first conference since its electoral collapse in last years general election and also since Brendan Howlin became leader.
Delegates are due to vote on a new constitution and select the SIPTU President, Jack O'Connor, as the Party's Chairperson. 
In last year's General election, Labour's vote collapsed to 6% with the party losing 30 seats on its 2011 performance. 
Over the last year its position in the opinion polls has not changed despite recent high profile interventions on the Garda controversies and on the water issue .
As the party continues to regroup, its leadership is aiming to boost morale and introduce further organisational changes with delegates voting on a new constitution. 
New rules would broaden how candidates for party leader can be nominated beyond the current position which is confined to TDs
Delegates will also vote on almost 100 motions.
One of the most controversial includes a call to rule out any future pre-election deals  with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael.. 
Another from Labour Youth is critical of social welfare cuts affecting young people introduced by the last government.
Other motions seek to reinstate town councils , introduce a living wage, a new national waste waiver scheme and address the gender pay gap.

http://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0421/869161-labour-party-conference-in-wexford/