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#Opportunity2016 - Conference 2015 in Killarney

Posted on February 27, 2015

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Tonight our annual conference starts in Killarney. Aside from a packed weekend of debate, among the highlights include the Tánaiste Joan Burton’s speech on Saturday night, presenting awards to long-standing members and workshops.

Download the Agenda here.

Download Standing Orders here.

Every year at conference we endeavor to bring you the vast majority of conference online, from livestreaming the entire weekend’s debates, regular updates on our blog, posting videos of speeches to our YouTube channel, constantly updating Flickr with photographs from the weekend, regular updates on Facebook and live-tweeting the conference (#LP15).

Do take a minute to follow Labour on Twitter and you can also find a list of our TDs to follow on Twitter in our lists.

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Tuffy highlights Labour's strong track record in tackling inequality

Posted on February 25, 2015

Deputy Joanna Tuffy writes in today's Irish Times about Labour's record on equality in reponse to a recently published report by TASC

The recent report of the think tank Tasc on economic inequality in Ireland has generated a good deal of response, not least an editorial in this newspaper. The impression has been given that economic inequality in Ireland is more grievous than in any other developed country; that the current Government is indifferent to inequality and that inequality is, in the words of the Irish Times editorial writer, a result of “the political choices we have made”. These assertions are factually misleading and politically repugnant.

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Cllr Willie Quinn selected as Labour Party candidate for Carlow/Kilkenny byelection

Posted on February 23, 2015

Carlow/Kilkenny selection convention

Last night Labour Party members in Carlow/Kilkenny selected Cllr Willie Quinn as the Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming byelection. Cllr Quinn who has been a county councillor since 2007 said the byelection is about protecting the economic recovery and helping to build a better financial future for the peple of Carlow/Kilkenny "with a sustainable model, away from the ‘wrecking ball’ politicians and those who are only interested in mayhem and chaos".

Last night's convention which was chaired by Deputy Emmet Stagg and attended by the Tánaiste Joan Burton, heard of the rich tradition of Labour in the constituency.

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Say yes to Marriage Equality

Posted on February 17, 2015

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Labour Youth launched its ‘Yes to Marriage Equality’ campaign this afternoon with a marriage-themed photoshoot outside Leinster House. Youth members performed mock marriages alongside Minister Alex White and John Lyons TD, in their roles as Campaign Director for the referendum and Co-chair of Labour LGBT respectively, as well as Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Young people have the potential to carry this referendum to a successful outcome. We have the passion and the will to see it through - but we must not be complacent. There are still many people

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Let's make a leap forward for equality and make history and progress at the same time - Burton

Posted on February 13, 2015

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Last night Labour LGBT held an event to mark the start of the marriage equality referendum campaign attended by party members and supporters from all over the country. The Tánaiste Joan Burton addressed the crowd on the night as did the party's Director of Elections for the campaign Minister Alex White.

The Tánaiste said: "[Marriage Equality] is an issue I know we care deeply about, as people who believe in the principles of equality. First we must make our case. Hard work lies ahead between now and May.

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Regional Economic Strategy focuses on promoting recovery in every region - Burton

Posted on February 11, 2015

Joan Burton

Significant progress on getting people back to work has been made by the Government, the Tánaiste Joan Burton said today speaking at the launch of the Regional Economic Strategy.

To date:

  • 80,000 new jobs have been created, with 40,000 more this year
  • Unemployment is down from a crisis peak of 15.1% to10.5%

The priority of the Government is to get people back to work, replacing the 330,000 jobs lost in the crisis. The Tánaiste Joan Burton today said that while progress has been made ‘it would be wrong to suggest that all regions have benefited equally’.

“I’ve spoken extensively of the need for the economic recovery to be accompanied by a social recovery. That means that every community feels the benefit of economic growth,” she said.

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Sunday with Miriam talks to the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Deputy Anne Ferris

Posted on February 02, 2015

Sunday with Miriam

Yesterday's 'Sunday with Miriam' on RTE Radio 1 saw a panel comprising the Tánaiste Joan Burton, Deputy Anne Ferris and Senator Averil Power, where they talked about their personal experiences of adoption and the impact it has had on their lives. You can hear their stories from 12 minutes in

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Action Plan for Jobs 2015

Posted on January 29, 2015


The Tánaiste Joan Burton at the Action Plan for Jobs launch

The 2015 Action Plan for Jobs was launched today which will see nearly 400 actions to be taken by 16 Government Departments and more than 60 State Agencies during 2015 to support job-creation.

[Download the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 here]

Speaking at the launch the Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “We are making significant progress in getting people back to work but we went to increase the momentum. So we are introducing further schemes to assist jobseekers return to employment, including the Back to Work Family Dividend.

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How did Budget 2015 affect you?

Posted on January 15, 2015

Budget 2015 tax calculator

This afternoon Daragh Lynch (aged 3) was on hand to help the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Brendan Howlin launch our Budget 2015 tax calculator on our dedicated Budget 2015 website.

[Calculate how Budget 2015 affects you from our Budget website here.]

The calculator helps people quickly access how various tax cuts and child benefit increases will positively affect the money in their pockets  and can be found on our Budget 2015 website here.

 

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All About Jobs - Jobs Cabinet agrees economic and job creation measures

Posted on January 14, 2015

All about jobs

Following today’s Jobs Cabinet which focused on a range of economic and job creation strategies, the Tánaiste Joan Burton said the progress the Government is making on the economic and employment front is ‘clear to see’ from the 1000s returning to work each month. However the Tánaiste said economic growth and new jobs are not enough.

“We also have to ensure that workers get sufficient hours and a fair wage, which is why we are establishing the Low Pay Commission to examine the minimum wage and why we will also investigate the prevalence of zero-hour contracts and take action where required,” the Tánaiste said. Among the measures agreed for economic and job creation strategies include:

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