If you haven't seen it yet do take a minute to watch this St Patrick's Day video which was developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Fáilte Ireland in coordination with the State agencies.
The video was launched yesterday by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore who said it 'is about our people, our companies, our culture, our creativity and our country'.
"There's no better time to send a positive message about who we are," the Tánaiste added.
Yesterday TDs, Ministers, Senators, Councillors and party members from all over Ireland South gathered in Cork to endorse Phil Prendergast MEP as Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming European Elections for Ireland South.
With standing room only the Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described Phil Prendergast MEP as ‘tireless’ ‘influential’ and an ‘excellent representative’.
“Phil has been an excellent representative for the people of Ireland South. She is someone who has, for three years, fought their corner. And I know that Phil, and the Labour Party, is ready to fight again in May – and win.”
This International Women's Day, Saturday 8th March, Labour Women is asking all party members, all PLP members, and all Labour Women members to donate a few hours of your day and support your local Labour woman running for election. When planning what to do for International Women's Day, Labour Women thought about a public meeting, a networking event, a photo opportunity...and then they decided - the most useful thing they could do this International Women's Day would be to get out and canvass with our local Labour woman putting herself forward for election this May.
Yesterday in the Dáil the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore spoke about the Government's priorities for the year ahead, on the third anniversary of the Government.
In his speech he asked following the bailout what kind of post-crisis Ireland do we want to create and what kind of future do we want to build for our children.
The Tánaiste said: "I want Ireland to be a genuine Republic. Where opportunity is open to all our people. Where if you work for a living, you can afford to live. Where a job pays enough to pay the bills, to buy a home and raise a family. Where you can hope for something better for your children, and where you can grow old in safety and dignity.
(Click above to listen to the Tánaiste speaking at today's press conference.)
It has been a dramatic three years in many ways, and it has been a time when the Labour Party has faced some tough decisions, but we can now, perhaps for the first time, look forward with some sense of optimism.
Minister Brendan Howlin and Dublin's MEP Emer Costello were among the Labour politicians who donned their hard hats and hi-vis jackets for a visit to the site in Grangegorman, which will become home to the DIT campus.
Emer said: “The new Grangegorman site is a strategic project for Dublin and will provide much needed construction jobs over coming years. The €26 million development which has begun today will see over 200 construction workers on site. In tandem with jobs, the development will play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the North Inner City.
“Often promised in the old days by Fianna Fail, particularly around election time, a world-class educational facility at Grangegorman is now finally being delivered by Labour Ministers such as Brendan Howlin and Ruairi Quinn.”
Leaders' Questions today was taken by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. Among the issues discussed were free GP care, Universal Health Insurance, flooding, and mortgage arrears. You can watch the entire debate back from the video.
Speaking to a packed room full of supporters, Lorraine reiterated that she is in the race to win it. Relatively new to politics, Lorraine reminded the crowd that it was the shambolic situation created by Fianna Fail which led to her decision to make a stand and enter politics.