Labour Women annual conference took place in the Mansion House on Saturday February 1st. Although the main business of the day was motions and the election of a new executive, we also had panel discussions and several very special guests. This year we also used a “Twitter Wall’ for the first time and the whole conference was live tweeted by executive member Catherine Rotte Murray. This years conference was generously hosted by Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn who welcomed delegates to the Mansion House and highlighted our excellent record in terms of selecting women candidates for the upcoming local elections.
Cllr Rebecca Moynihan, Catherine Rotte Murray, Eamon Gilmore TD, Joan Burton TD and Sinead Ahern
Today Minister Joan Burton and Minister Ruairi Quinn launched the Youth Guarantee Implementation plan which will see approximately Guarantee offers made to approximately 30,000 young people at the highest risk of long-term unemployment this year.
The aim of the EU-Wide guarantee is to provide young people under the age of 25 with a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within a short time of becoming unemployed.
The implementation plan will see the Government launch a dedicated drive to provide the work, training and education opportunities that young jobseekers need. The plan details how the youth Guarantee will be implemented over the course of this year and next.
Leaders' Questions in the Dáil today was taken by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and saw debate on Rehab charity issues, charities regulation, and hospital waiting times. You can watch the entire debate back from the video.
Leaders' Questions this morning was taken by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and saw debate on Irish Water expenditure, Letterkenny General Hospital and Housing Adaptation Grants. You can watch the entire debate back from the video.
I would like to wish you all the very best for the year ahead. This time last year I said that 2013 would be the year when we would begin to have sight of the long hoped for economic recovery. That has happened and now as we start into 2014 we can dare to hope again for the first time since the crisis began.
This Sunday, the Troika will leave Ireland after three long years. Although their exit will not wave a magic wand over our finances, it is an important day which underscores not just the hard work taken to get us here, but also symbolises a new juncture in Ireland’s journey post-bailout.
[Listen to the Tánaiste's speech made to the IIEA earlier today.]
Leaders' Questions lead by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore saw debate on the CRC salary top-ups controversy, and an ESRI Report on Budget adjustments. You can watch the entire proceedings back from the video clip.
On Friday 22 November I held a regional consultation seminar on the Youth Guarantee at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. This year, I have held five events across Dublin, in Tallaght, Swords, Dun Laoghaire and the City Centre, to encourage those working in youth support and education to give their suggestions on how the European Youth Guarantee might be rolled out. The findings from these events will be submitted to Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, ahead of Ireland’s application to the Youth Guarantee programme before the end of the year.