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.
Tá toghcháin Pharlaimint na hEorpa ag deireadh na míosa seo tábhachtach.Tábhachtach don Eoraip.
Tábhachtach d'Éireann. Agus tábhachtach duitse.Le cúpla bliain anuas, tá muintir na hÉireann agus muintir na hEorpa ag deileáil le deachrachtaí.Agus táfeabhas ag teacht ar cursaí in Éirinn. Táimid ag cruthú cúig mhíle post gach mí. Tá tuilleadh muiníne ann ná mar a bhí le tamaill fada.
Agus an Nollaig seo caite, d'fhágamar slán leis an Troika.Chun an próiséis seo a chur i gcrích, caithfimid na daoine is fearr a chur chuig Pairlimint na hEorpa.
Oibróidh Phil Prendergast as son dlite nua a chur i bhfeidhm chun tomhaltóirí a chosaint.Tuiginn Lorraine Higgins go bhfuil teaghlaigh óg ag brath ar an infheistíocht agus na postanna gur féidir len Eoraip a chur ar fáil.
Speaking at her campaign launch for the forthcoming Dublin West byelection Loraine Mulligan said she would campaign to win a seat so she can ‘pursue the priority concerns of people in Dublin West in Government’.
Loraine, a researcher for SIPTU, has been heavily involved in fair wage and anti-poverty campaigns and will continue to advocate for continued investment in schools, job training and Connolly Hospital.
“I’ve hit the ground running and met hundreds of people in Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Mulhuddart, Tyrellstown, Ongar and Castsleknock. The thing that has struck me most is the most people I’ve met over the last few days know there’s a recovery taking place but they’re still to really experience it.”
Speaking at her European campaign launch on Sunday, Dublin’s MEP Emer Costello spoke of being proud of Dublin saying there is nowhere she would rather live than ‘in this great city’.
“I have always championed the cause of Dublin and all the people of Dublin. I am passionate and optimistic about Dublin’s future, about Ireland’s future and about Ireland’s future in Europe,” Emer told a packed-out room in the Rotunda with standing room only after being introduced by Labour’s newest candidate for the Dublin West byelection Loraine Mulligan, as well as the Party Leader Eamon Gilmore and deputy Leader Joan Burton.
Yesterday afternoon in Dublin the Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Eamon Gilmore, the Labour Deputy Leader Minister Joan Burton launched our European and Local Elections campaign.
The event, which was attended by our three Euro candidates, Dublin’s MEP Emer Costello, our candidate in Ireland Midlands/North West Lorraine Higgins and Phil Prendergast our MEP in Ireland South. Candidates for the Local Elections from all over the country also attended.