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Budget invests in people and public services

Posted on October 14, 2014


Today Minister Brendan Howlin delivered his Budget speech. Budget 2015 will cement the recovery through shared prosperity, sustaining the economy and being fair whereby all Irish people will begin to feel the recovery in their everyday lives and in their standard of living.

You can watch Minister Howlin's speech back from the post and read his speech from our media centre.

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Minister Nash launches National Entrepreneurship Policy

Posted on October 10, 2014


The Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has launched a new plan (the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland) aimed at creating an extra 93,000 jobs from start-up companies.

[Download the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland]

“Entrepreneurship is critical to the health of the Irish economy. We now have a comprehensive policy to support our existing entrepreneurs and to ensure a steady pipeline of future business founders… We need to encourage more people to start their own businesses and have the supports in place to assist more companies to survive the first difficult years - this strategy is the blueprint to do just that,” Minister Nash said.

The measures in the plan include:

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Leaders' Questions - October 9th 2014

Posted on October 09, 2014

Here is a video of Leaders' Questions with the Tánaiste Joan Burton. The debate centred around mental health funding and water charges. You can watch the entire debate back from the video.

If you're on Twitter, do follow Labour for all the latest news.

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Major reform of planning process announced

Posted on October 02, 2014

Cllr pamela Kearns

This afternoon, the Minister for the Environmment and Local Government Alan Kelly was with our Dublin South West byelection candidate Cllr Pamela Kearns, Cllr Mick Duff and Deputy Pat Rabbitte were in Tallaght village this morning to launch major reforms of the planning process which includes amendments to the Part V provisions on social and affordable housing as incorporated in the Planning Act of 2000.

Speaking at the launch on the proposed Part V changes Minister Kelly said: "If this policy had been in place since 2000, we estimate that there would be an additional 15,000 social housing units in Ireland today. Under these plans, we expect in the region of 4,000 additional social housing units built by 2020. 

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Leaders' Questions - October 2nd 2014

Posted on October 02, 2014

Today's Leaders' Questions in the Dáil were taken by the Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton TD. Today's debate saw questions on state board appointments process, and the economic recovery. 

You can watch the entire debate back from the video. If you're on Twitter, do follow Labour to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the party. 

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We are recruiting

Posted on October 02, 2014

Joan Burton with UCD Labour Youth


Labour Youth has the fastest growing youth organisation in Ireland. The Leader of the Labour Party, Deputy Joan Burton, Tánaiste & Minister for Social Protection, is continuing to renew Labour in Ireland, and to build an active campaigning organisation in every constituency. Further development of youth membership is a key part of this renewal.

The Labour Party is now seeking to recruit a highly motivated person, with strong organisational skills to take on the role of The Labour Party - Youth & Development Officer.

Applications with CV and cover letter outlining relevant experience in writing to: General Secretary, 17 Ely Place, Dublin 2 or email: Closing date for completed applications 12.00 noon Friday 17th October 2014.

The Labour Party is an equal opportunity employer

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Labour out in force at the Ploughing

Posted on September 23, 2014


Labour Ministers, TDs, and Senators are decamping to Ratheniska this week for the National Ploughing Championships.

The Labour Party stand will host a series of events and meetings throughout the three days.

On the Tuesday, Minister for Rural Affairs, Ann Phelan, is teaming up with Bobby Kerr from Dragon’s Den and David Fitzsimons from Retail Excellence Ireland to launch a new report on boosting rural towns and villages. The report ‘A Strategy for Rural Retailing’, looks to bring citizens, businesses and customers together to reinvigorate their town or village.

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Freshers go red as Labour Youth’s recruitment campaign kicks off

Posted on September 19, 2014

UCD Freshers' Week

It’s that time of year again when colleges welcome thousands of fresh faced and enthusiastic new students to their campuses! Starting college as a fresher is a bit of a rollercoaster, between the excitement and nerves, new courses, unfamiliar surroundings, meeting new people, and the choice of so many different clubs and societies to join, it really is an exciting time.

For many students, it can be the first time to get a taste of political activism! Labour Youth’s national recruitment campaign is well and truly in full swing. Last week we signed up hundreds of new members in University College Cork and NUI Galway.

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Kelly campaign kicks into gear

Posted on September 10, 2014

John Kelly launch

On Monday night, Labour activists, representatives and senior Ministers gathered in Durkin’s in Ballaghaderreen to kick-off Senator John Kelly’s bid for the Dáil. John is the Labour Party candidate in the upcoming Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election.

Tánaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton, and Deputy Leader Minister Alan Kelly both addressed the packed room to rally the troops and get John’s campaign formally underway.

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€23m cash boost for social housing

Posted on September 08, 2014

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Social housing got a boost on Friday, when Environment Minister Alan Kelly announced a further €23million to deal with a range of issues such as housing adaptation and energy efficiency.

€15million will be targeted at important energy works such as improving attic and wall insulation. This will make local authority homes warmer and more comfortable for tenants, as well as creating jobs in the green economy.

He said: “As a result of the further €15 million for energy retrofitting works to social houses, I expect to see over 4,000 houses becoming warmer homes, with reduced fuel bills this winter.”

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