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Labour LGBT celebrates ten years in 2013

Posted on December 10, 2013

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A group of LGBT Labour party members set up the Labour LGBT group in 2003 working with the Parliamentary Labour Party, with Ministers, Councillors, TDs, community groups and others over the past ten years to create change for LGBT people in Ireland. Some of our work has included:

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For first time since crisis began, we can dare to hope again - Gilmore

Posted on December 01, 2013

"For first time since crisis began, we can dare to hope again", the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told delegates at the party conference last night. 

"The progress we have made is due to the hard work and the endurance of the people of this country, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

"There is again a future.

"It is a future that belongs to everyone."

You can read the Tánaiste's speech from our media centre, or watch it back from the video. 

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Working Together - the story of the Labour Party in Government

Posted on December 01, 2013

The theme of the Labour Party conference 2013 was Working Together:

Working Together on behalf of the Irish people,
Working Together with our partners in Government to create jobs and build economic recovery,
Working Together as elected representatives, members, and supporters of the Labour Party.

Our team of Ministers at the Cabinet Table have also been working together to fix the mess we inherited from Fianna Fail, exit the bailout programme, and get our people back to work.

That task hasn’t been easy. But we have made enormous progress and on December 15th will say goodbye to the troika. The short video tells the story of how we went about that challenge.

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Century of Struggle and Achievement

Posted on December 01, 2013

At the Labour Party conference 2013 we marked the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Lockout. Our party, trade unions, our members and our supporters, continue to draw inspiration from those events.

Over the 100 years since the Lockout, the Labour movement has contributed so much to the struggle for social and economic justice in Ireland. That struggle continues to this day through our work in Government in bringing Ireland out of the bailout.

This video captures the Labour movement's Century of Struggle and Achievement.

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Views from Conference Floor – Saturday afternoon

Posted on November 30, 2013

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Views from Conference Floor – Saturday afternoon, by Paul Deane 

This was a lively afternoon at conference, which saw a range of motions on housing and other areas of local government. After that came motions on party organisation, followed by motions on justice and equality. Passionate and sincere discussion followed on a range of justice issues, such as traveller rights, gender balance, and adoption legislation.

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View from conference floor - Saturday morning

Posted on November 30, 2013

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Views from Conference floor - Saturday morning, by Yvonne Campbell

Last night as a delegate, I got the chance to vote on a range of education matters that are close to my heart as a teacher. Today, combating youth unemployment, free GP care for under 5s, improving access to quality child-care, encouraging female entrepreneurship, combating obesity, and retrofitting and renovating houses to make decent homes were some of the motions covered that happen to directly affect my family too.

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View from conference floor - Friday night

Posted on November 30, 2013

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Friday night - Siobhán de Paor- Labour Youth, Membership Development Officer

The opening session of Conference is always one of my favourite parts of the weekend as it allows for reflection on how much the Labour Party has achieved since the previous Conference.

We firstly heard from local Senator Marie Maloney who gave us a warm welcome to Killarney. We then heard from Deputy Arthur Spring who encouraged delegates to have a great weekend in Killarney. We then heard from Phil Prendergast MEP who spoke with great vigour about the upcoming European Elections.

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Proud of Labour's achievements in Government

Posted on November 29, 2013

Speaking at the Labour Party conference this evening the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore spoke of Labour's achievements in Government.

"I am proud of what this Party has done in Government. I am proud that after 20 years, we are the first Government to deal with the X case, and make pregnancy safer for Irish women. I am proud of the reforms we have brought in to make this a more transparent and open country, and to promote women in politics. I am proud of the fact that we are finally doing the right thing by the Magdalene women. And I am determined that this Government and this party is going to fight and win a referendum on marriage equality.

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Leaders' Questions, November 21st 2013

Posted on November 21, 2013

In the Dáil today Leaders' Questions was taken by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. The debate centred around State assets, penalty points and assisted suicide. You can watch the entire debate back from the video.

If you're on Twitter, why not follow the Labour Party and the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore; you can also follow our Labour Party Fact Check account.

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Countdown to Conference 2013

Posted on November 19, 2013

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The countdown is on to our national conference 2013 which is being held next weekend (November 29th - Dec 1st) in Kerry. Among the key highlights of our conference is the Party Leader Eamon Gilmore’s speech on Saturday night, the Larkin award, presentations of awards to long-standing members, not to mention the debate over the weekend.

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