Speaking in the Dáil during the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said 'at its heart, the core purpose of the Bill is very simple. It is about protecting women’s lives'.
"Some opponents of this Bill want to turn the clock back to 1983. To Ireland as it was then. They want an Ireland, where a woman’s right to life is not self-evident, but to be parsed and weighed by lawyers. An Ireland that would risk the life of a suicidal 14 year-old rape victim, as though suicide was not fatal.
The Action Plan is based around the six issues of cycling, sustainable development, youth and heritage, tourism, senior citizens and local government. Highlights include delivering a city-wide cycle network with routes along the coast and the canals; preventing the planning mistakes of the past; rolling out imaginative reading initiatives in schools and libraries; promoting sporting events such as Triathlons and Iron Man events; hosting events to promote awareness of elderly needs; ensuring that a directly-elected Mayor has real powers.
Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn said: The action plan that we are launching today is something the three of us are determined to implement. We will be working, not in isolation, but as a party in a position of strength with over forty councillors along with 16 Dublin Oireachtas members.
Dermot Looney, Cathaoirleach, South Dublin County Council said: Making Dublin a cycling city is something that I believe we can make serious progress on over the next year, but there will be little or no progress unless we get support from the Government.
Carrie Smyth, Cathaoirleach, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said: Dublin has great potential to attract visitors and we need to do everything we can to unlock that potential.The development of sport and leisure activities are critical for ensuring healthier lifestyles for Dublins citizens. Triathlons and Iron Man events, for example, also present significant tourism and jobs potential.
This week the Dáil debated the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, the debate will continue next week and the week after. There is no guillotine in place so everyone who wishes to speak will get a chance to make a contribution. Over the next couple of weeks we'll post our Labour speakers here on the blog so do check back. In the accompanying video you can watch Deputy Ciara Conway's speech back and we've posted more videos below.
Minister Kathleen Lynch today announced the Magdalene redress fund, which will provide compensation for women who worked in the Magdalene laundries. This comes after the publication of the Quirke Report, which made recommendations for the best means of compensating the Magdalene women.
I began this process a year ago, as rapporteur for the committee because I wanted to seriously look at ways in which we could bring down costs for parents and create a better relationship between them and their child’s school, one which is educational and not financial.
Having consulted with all of the relevant stakeholders such as the School Patron Bodies, the relevant NGOs and members of the public, I used this report as a means to merge aspiration and practicality outlining four core recommendations in my report.
Cllr Carrie Smith is the new Cathoairleach for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown while Cllr Tracey O’Brien is Mayor of Bray Town Council. Cllr Gearoid Buckley was returned as Deputy Mayor in Bandon Town Council and Cllr Willie Hamilton is also Deputy Mayor for Newbridge Town Council.
This morning the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking at an event organised by GLEN and hosted by Google in Dublin, linked progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the progress Ireland needs to rebuild its economy.
“Ireland today is a modern outward-looking society, our progress is not complete. There is still work to do... Economic progress has to be embedded in a free, open, progressive society. We have to construct new ways to build our vision of society where social solidarity and prosperity go hand in hand,” the Tánaiste said.