Labour has a strong record of fighting for meaningful reform that matters.
Minister Brendan Howlin speaking about his 5 Days 5 Ways campaign
As a party, we always strive to uphold high standards and integrity in public life, and to put transparency for citizens first. Transparency, fairness and accountability underpin everything we do. We believe deeply in these values and that they should be infused through every level of public life.
History shows that at every juncture in our political life, Labour has put reform - both political and social - at the centre of its policy agenda.
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.
Deputy John Lyons teamed up with members of Labour Youth today to remind people to checktheregister.ie 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".
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.
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’.
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.
Last night Labour held a packed public meeting on Marriage Equality. The evening was chaired by Minister Kathleen Lynch and the speakers included the Tánaiste Joan Burton, Joe Noonan and TJ from Yes Equality, Cork, Laura Harmon, President of USI, Conor O’Mahony from UCC School of Law and Valerie Mulcahy, Cork Ladies Football.
Listen to the Tánaiste's contribution to the meeting
From this summer, up to 300,000 children and senior citizens will no longer have to pay to see their GP. The announcement made by Minister Kathleen Lynch will mean real savings for pensioners and families.
Schools are to be provided with additional resources to support children with Down Syndrome following an annnouncement from Minister Jan O'Sullivan. The measure has been introduced in recognition of the length of time it will take to introduce the new resource model recommended by the National Council for Special Education.
[Listen to Minister O'Sullivan speaking about the announcement on RTE Radio 1 this morning.]
Minister O'Sullivan said: "I have had the opportunity over recent weeks to meet with Down Syndrome Ireland and with different groups of parents of children with Down Syndrome. It has been clear to me that the cluster of difficulties which children with Down Syndrome face, require that some additional teaching supports be made available."