The hallmark of Labour councillors, has and always will be, their hard work and dedication to their local communities. That is what Labour councillors do. They work day after day on the issues that matter most to people in their local areas, whether it’s protecting playing fields and open spaces, investing in parks and playgrounds, making local youth, library and recreational facilities better or ensuring that parking, planning and cleansing services actually respond to the needs of local residents.
The women, coming from the arts, journalism, music, theatre, politics and academia, included Catherine McGuiness, Senator Jillian Van Turnhourt, Denise Charlton, Sally Anne Kinahan, former Senator Mary Henry, Muireann Noonan, Margaret Corcoran, Dr Mary McAuliffe, Minister Joan Burton, former Minister Niamh Bhreathnach and Labour party chair and candidate in the Dublin West byelection Loraine Mulligan.
Labour's relentless focus since coming into government has been on job creation and fixing the economy. When we entered government in 2011, an astonishing 250,000 jobs had been lost in just over two years between 2008 and early 2011. At the peak of the crisis, unemployment stood at 15.1%.
However, after three years of working together with a determined focus on job creation we are starting to see real results in terms of jobs and economic growth. In March 2011, 7,000 jobs were being lost a month.
“As a public representative with twelve years solid experience of representing and of delivering for Dublin, I know the crucial role Europe can play in making Dublin a better place to live, work and raise a family... My plan identifies the challenges now facing Dublin, as Ireland begins to recover.”
Speaking today launching our Local and European manifestos, the Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore praised the ‘determination and hard work’ of our candidates, their supporters and party members during the campaign.
“They are determined, as I am, to engage directly with voters, to speak to them about the issues, to hear their concerns, to debate their interests. That is exactly what Labour candidates have been doing and continue to do. They are talking to the people in their communities, their neighbours, their acquaintances,” the Labour Leader said.
We've compiled a slideshow of images of our candidates, TDs, Ministers and of course our party members (who have been fantastic in their continuing canvassing efforts for our candidates) on the campaign trail. Click on the arrow to view it, of course we've many more images of our canvassing campaign on Flickr.
An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore's speech to the James Connolly Commemoration at Arbour Hill held yesterday, Sunday, May 11th.
We gather here every year to remember, and to pay our respect to, James Connolly. All of us together. His family. His union. His party.
This, the annual commemoration of James Connolly, serves to remind us that ours is an enduring project. A shared endeavour, that has spanned generations. Generations who have kept the flame of the labour movement alive, because of their belief in the values that inspire it. Values which are universal and timeless. Justice. Equality. Freedom. Solidarity.
“We have the challenge of getting the people who think Labour to vote Labour. IN the midst of the most difficult recession the country has ever faced, the country needs Labour values of equality, justice and fairness more than ever,” Labour’s candidate for the forthcoming Longford/Westmeath byelection Cllr Denis Leonard has said.
He was speaking at his selection convention which was attended by members from all over the constituency. Cllr Leonard also paid tribute to Nicky McFadden whose untimely death brought about the byelection.
His priorities include jobs, a living wage, a safe and clean environment and making the recovery local. You can hear the speech Denis made at his selection convention from the audioboo below.
Labour's European candidate in Midlands-Northwest, Lorraine Higgins, formally launched her campaign yesterday in Galway and her new Party Political Broadcast (PPB) was featured at the event. The video is being broadcast this evening at 6.55pm after the Six-One news on RTE 1.
In the video, Lorraine talks about her priorities for the constituency, running on the platform of making recovery local for small towns and villages across the constituency, tackling youth unemployment and addressing our legacy bank debt.
As she says in the video: "I got involved in politics in 2009 because I was frustrated with the way communities were suffering as a consequence of what went on with the gambling of our economy. I knew that I could make a contribution, I knew that I could represent the people of my generation and that I could be a voice for those people. We need new, young, energetic voices in Europe fighting for the cause of provincial towns right across this constituency – places like Athenry, Castlebar, Sligo, Dundalk, Drogehda, Naas, Kells, Navan, They're all part of Ireland but they're also equally part of Europe. That why Europe matters to us."
Lorraine is continuing to visit local communities the length and breadth of Midlands-Northwest, meeting people, hearing their concerns, and designing solutions that work.