"Today, this Government is setting out how it will avail of that opportunity to ensure that the recovery improves living standards for every person, every family and every community... We will deliver a social recovery - to ensure that the burden borne by the people of this country has not been in vain," the Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil today during a speech following the Cabinet reshuffle.
The Tánaiste also confirmed a construction programme to triple the number of houses built to 25,000 a year by 2020 as well as the holding of a referendum on marriage equality next spring. You can read the Tánaiste's entire speech in our media centre or watch it back from the video.
This afternoon the Tánaiste Joan Burton announced her appointees to Cabinet. They are Minister Joan Burton – Social Protection; Minister Alan Kelly – Environment and Local Government; Minister Brendan Howlin - Public Expenditure and Reform; Minister Jan O’Sullivan – Education; Minister Alex White – Communications and Minister Ged Nash – Business and Employment (Super Junior).
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The new Leader of the Labour Party and Tanaiste is Joan Burton and the new Deputy Leader is Alan Kelly. Below you can hear what Joan said following her election.
And below that we've also posted what Alan Kelly told party members following his election. We'll have more photographs from the day soon on Flickr. Congratulations to both Joan and Alan and well done to all the other candidates for a great leadership campaign. A big thanks also to our party members for their enthusiastic participation and engagement.
Leaders' Questions today was taken by Minister Ruairi Quinn. The issues debated were social welfare fraud, the health budget, and the Housing Assistance Payment. You can watch the entire proceedings back from the video.
In this post Andrew O'Driscoll posts about Friday evening's keynote speech from Professor Richard Wilkinson.
Professor Wilkinson is a best selling author and a believer in social democratic values. Speaking at Labour Youths Tom Johnson Summer School he highlighted the many social problems that have a clear correlation with income inequality. Wilkinson explains that having more material substance means little to our well being and life span in rich developing nations, “We need to stop associating external wealth with internal well being”.
In this post Rachel Walsh posts about the first session which saw Senator John Whelan welcome participants to Portlaoise followed by a panel which discussed the Importance of Equality in the current political landscape. The panelists were Deputy Anne Ferris, Tom Healy from the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dan O'Neill from the Young Workers Network and Ian Power from Spun Out.