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#5Days5Ways - Minister Brendan Howlin

Posted on May 06, 2015

Promoting Labour's record on reform

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.

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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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#MakeItHappen

Posted on May 05, 2015

#MakeItHappen

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 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".

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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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#MarRef is about people and people's lives, Labour's meeting in Cork hears

Posted on April 17, 2015

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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  

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300k children and senior citizens will no longer have to pay to see their GP

Posted on April 09, 2015

GP care

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.

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Resource teacher supports announced for children with Down Syndrome

Posted on March 25, 2015

Minister Jan O'Sullivan

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."

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