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Kelly campaign kicks into gear

Posted on September 10, 2014

John Kelly launch

On Monday night, Labour activists, representatives and senior Ministers gathered in Durkin’s in Ballaghaderreen to kick-off Senator John Kelly’s bid for the Dáil. John is the Labour Party candidate in the upcoming Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election.

Tánaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton, and Deputy Leader Minister Alan Kelly both addressed the packed room to rally the troops and get John’s campaign formally underway.

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€23m cash boost for social housing

Posted on September 08, 2014

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Social housing got a boost on Friday, when Environment Minister Alan Kelly announced a further €23million to deal with a range of issues such as housing adaptation and energy efficiency.

€15million will be targeted at important energy works such as improving attic and wall insulation. This will make local authority homes warmer and more comfortable for tenants, as well as creating jobs in the green economy.

He said: “As a result of the further €15 million for energy retrofitting works to social houses, I expect to see over 4,000 houses becoming warmer homes, with reduced fuel bills this winter.”

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Labour standing up for locked out Greyhound workers

Posted on August 25, 2014

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Over the last few months Labour Party representatives have condemned the lockout of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery workers since June 17th this year.

Local Labour TD Robert Dowds said: “It is totally unacceptable that the Greyhound workers are locked out of their jobs, and it is even worse that the company are hiring non-unionised agency staff to replace them. It is an attack on the pay and conditions of every PAYE worker in the state and I would urge people to support the Greyhound workers in their ongoing campaign”.

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Minister Kevin Humphreys kicks off Nationwide Tour

Posted on August 18, 2014

Kevin Humphreys and Anne Ferris at Arklow Jobs Club

As the new Minister for Labour Activation, Kevin Humphreys is tasked with helping jobseekers get access to the best quality training, education and activation schemes including Community Employment and JobBridge, so they can get the position they want.

He has embarked on a natiowide tour, to start a national conversation about activation schemes. Over the next couple of months, he will travel the country, talking to employment and community groups, and see first-hand the excellent work that’s being done in such centres. He’ll hear the views of frontline staff and jobseekers on how the different schemes are working, and where they can be improved for the benefit of jobseekers.

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Leaving Cert students get the thumbs up from Jan

Posted on August 13, 2014

Jan Leaving Cert Limerick

Today Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, was in Limerick to present Leaving Cert students at St. Nessan’s Community College with their exam results.

Jan congratulated all 56,990 students around the country who received their results today, and spoke about it being a ‘milestone’ for the students:

Completing secondary school and the Leaving Certificate is a milestone in many people’s lives. Every student should be proud of their achievement. Today is the culmination of much hard work and sacrifice and I hope that the effort students made is reflected in their results.”

Jan also mentioned the fantastic progress being made, with the number of students taking Higher Level Maths up from 16% in 2011 to 27% this year. She wished students the very best for their future:

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We're hiring

Posted on July 31, 2014

Jobs

Senator Lorraine Higgins is hiring a new Secretarial Assistant to work in her constituency offices in Loughrea and in Athenry. The role will involve administrative organisation of constituency office affairs including a full range of secretarial duties and direct communication with constituents/correspondents. This is a busy and demanding role, which requires a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity, flexibility and keen personal initiative.

You can find out more about the position as well as any other available positions within the party from our recruitment page. 

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Meet Cllr Pamela Kearns - our Dublin South West byelection candidate

Posted on July 25, 2014

Cllr Pamela Kearns

Last night members of the Labour Party gathered in the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght to select our candidate, Cllr Pamela Kearns, in the forthcoming Dublin South West byelection.

Pamela was first elected to South Dublin County Council in 2009 and was returned again in May's Local Elections. You can find out more about Pamela from her webpage.

Throughout the campaign you can follow Pamela on Twitter and like her on Facebook

Below you can hear what Pamela said last night at her selection convention by clicking play on the audioboo below.

 

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We're recruiting

Posted on July 21, 2014

Jobs

Deputy Robert Dowds is hiring a secretarial Assistant to work both in his constituency office in Clondalkin and in the Dáil office. The role will involve administrative organisation of constituency office affairs including a full range of secretarial duties and direct communication with constituents/correspondents. This is a busy and demanding role, which requires a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity, flexibility and keen personal initiative. 

[Find out more about the position on our recruitment page.]

Interested candidates should have strong communication skills, be able to prioritise a busy and diverse workload, be interested in and knowledgeable about public affairs and political campaigning, and demonstrate a proven capacity for office administration including a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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Two weeks ago, I met my younger sister for tea...

Posted on July 18, 2014

Deputy Anne Ferris yesterday spoke poignantly about her own experience being adopted from a mother and baby home. You can watch her entire speech from the video and we've included a transcript of what she said below.

Two weeks ago, I met my younger sister for tea across the road in the Merrion Hotel.

It was an unusual day, but not because neither of us had taken the time to have tea in the very posh Merrion Hotel. It was unusual because it was the first time we had ever shared a pot of tea. Before that day two weeks ago, I had never laid eyes on my sister.

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Cabinet reshuffle

Posted on July 16, 2014

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The two stages of the Cabinet reshuffle are now completed and below you'll find a list of the Labour members of Government. 

The Cabinet:

Tánaiste & Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton 

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin

Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Alex White

Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan

Labour Ministers of State:

Ged Nash TD - Super-Junior: Minister for Business and Employment (at D/Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) With Special responsibility for small business, collective bargaining & Low Pay Commission. 

Kathleen Lynch TD - Minister of State at the Department of Health With Special Responsibility for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability 

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