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We need to do everything we can to get the YES vote out - Burton

Posted on May 20, 2015


Today we held our final press conference of the Marriage Equality referendum campaign. The Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister Alex White, Minister Aodhan ÓRIordain, Senator Ivana Bacik and deputies John Lyons and Eric Byrne were all present along with Josie Lyons, John's mam, who spoke so heartfeltly and passionately in a video about her desire for the referendum to pass. (You can watch the video from here.)

During the press conference the Tánaiste Joan Burton paid tribute to the thousands of people who have campaigned for a yes vote all over the country saying it has been a campaign like no other, but the job is not yet finished. 

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John Lyons and his family talk about marriage and equality

Posted on May 14, 2015

Today we launched our Marriage Equality referendum campaign video which features Deputy John Lyons talking to his Mam Josie, and his brother Declan about marriage and equality. The star of the video is definitely Josie who talks about when John told her he was gay and her hopes for him in the future. 

Launching the video the Tánaiste Joan Burton said: "This video is a heartfelt and honest insight into a mother’s love for her child and why marriage equality matters to her. Josie speaks frankly about the internal struggle she faced when John told her he was gay for the first time, and then one day, walking out of Tesco with her head held high when members of the public began congratulating her.

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New measures introduced to help mortgage holders in arrears

Posted on May 14, 2015

Mortgage Arrears in Context

A number of new measures to support mortgage holders who are arrears has been agreed by the Government. The supports are building on actions already taken and aim to increase the supports available to people in arrears and to increase the numbers of people availing of them.

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Announcing the news yesterday Minister Alan Kelly welcomed the measures saying they have been designed to improve access to the scheme and the new thresholds make it more accessible and flexible.

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Nash announces Collective Bargaining legislation

Posted on May 08, 2015

Collective bargaining

Collective Bargaining legislation published today by Minister Gerard Nash, will provide significant strengthening of laws to protect and promote workers’ rights and the low paid, and certainty for businesses and employers. The Legislation will provide a mechanism for workers who seek to improve their terms and conditions in companies where collective bargaining is not recognised by their employer.

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5 Days 5 Ways

Posted on May 05, 2015

Minister Brendan Howlin

On coming in to Government in 2011, Labour knew we had to fix more than our economy. We needed to fix our politics too.

That is why my department was set up as a department of reform. We’ve been working on these issues for four years and have achieved a lot in that time.

We now need to communicate with people to inform everybody in this country of what exactly we’ve done.

That’s why we’re running our ‘5 days 5 ways’ campaign to sell our positive record in reform.

It aims to promote, over 5 consecutive days, the 5 main reform achievements that Labour have delivered in Government. These include:

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Posted on May 05, 2015


Yesterday we launched our #MakeItHappen campaign. The #MakeItHappen campaign is aimed at encouraging people who are voting YES to take practical steps to get more people to vote YES. The first activity of the campaign saw the Tánaiste Joan Burton and our Director of Elections Minister Alex White chat with three people over 70 explaining to them the need for older people to vote YES.

During the launch Minister Alex White spoke about the #MakeItHappen and the #MarRef campaigns. You can listen to what he said from the Audioboom below. 

We'll have more actions over the coming weeks so keep an eye out and do your bit to #MakeItHappen - you can keep an eye on the campaign on Twitter.

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Check it, mate!

Posted on May 01, 2015

Check the Register - Every vote counts 2 (2)

Deputy John Lyons teamed up with members of Labour Youth today to remind people to and make sure they can vote in the forthcoming Marriage Equality referendum.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Lyons said: “It’s extremely worrying that 120,000 young people are still not registered to vote. On May 22nd this generation will have a historic chance to break with the past and guarantee Marriage Equality for gay and lesbian couples. Polls are tightening so it’s more important than ever that everyone who wants to see a Yes vote makes sure they can have their say on the 22nd.”

Labour Youth National Chairperson Jack Eustace called this month's referendum a  "defining moment in our country’s history".

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Our vision for renewed prosperity to be built on rock of fiscal responsibility and investment

Posted on April 28, 2015

Speaking during the Spring Statements today Minister Brendan Howlin said we must not allow this country to return to the devastating cycle of boom-and-bust that has been the hallmark of previous governments. 

He said: "We must learn the lessons of the past decade and not repeat the mistakes that brought us to ruin. Our vision and plans for renewed prosperity will not be built on the sand of short-term and unsustainable increases in Government spending.  It will be built on the rock of fiscal responsibility and investment in the productive capacity of our people."

Minister Howlin said our task now is to map the next phase of our nation’s journey.  

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Labour's Marriage Equality #MarRef campaign launched in Dublin

Posted on April 27, 2015

Yesterday we officially launched our Marriage Equality referendum campaign in Dublin’s Smock Alley theatre.

Party members, members of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), Cllrs and members of the public all filled the beautiful hall to hear speeches from the Tánaiste Joan Burton, Director of Elections Minister Alex White, the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Deputy Jack Wall, the President of USI Laura Harmon and Norah Casey.

The Tánaiste said by voting yes ‘we are also telling these couples, their parents, their siblings, their friends and work colleagues as well as society as a whole that their relationships are equally worthy, equally legitimate, equally permanent, and equally valued’.

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14 new primary care centres to be opened around the country

Posted on April 22, 2015

Minister Kathleen Lynch

This week, 14 locations around the country got good news when the European Investment Bank confirmed it was providing €70m in loans to fund Primary Care Centres in local communities. The decision is a breakthrough for investment in primary care and great news for patients around the country. Our hard working Minister, Kathleen Lynch, played a vital role in securing the very welcome funds. 

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