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.
Saturday morning’s discussions at Conference revolved around four main themes. Minister Joan Burton opened proceedings with an overview of the issues at stake. This was followed by contributions on creating jobs and supporting businesses in local communities, which saw a range of ideas and proposals on fostering job creation and promoting the retail environments of small towns in particular.
The second session looked at measures brought in by Labour in government to support hard-pressed families. Free GP care, the book rental scheme, action on school uniforms and internet safety were among the measures discussed.
Speakers then addressed ideas on supporting small towns and villages. Candidates spoke from local experience on issues such as broadband, the Purple Flag scheme, youth cafés and tourism as means to stimulate and support their local economy and community.
Environmental issues, currently so topical in the wake of severe flooding in parts of the country, were among the issues put front and centre in the next session. Climate change, green gyms, and action on anti-social behaviour featured in the wide-ranging discussion.
The final session addressed the many schemes that have been introduced at local level for housing and transport. Action by Labour Ministers on unfinished estates, boarded up housing, and support for rural transport, bike schemes and cycle ways were highlighted by candidates from around the country.
The Labour Party conference is being held tomorrow (February 15th) in Enfield. Among the key highlights of our conference is the Party Leader Eamon Gilmore’s speech on Saturday night, the presentations of awards to long-standing members, as well as the weekend's debates and workshops.
The vast majority of the conference will be available to follow online, from livestreaming the entire weekend’s debates, regular blog posts from each session, the constant updating of conference pics on our Flickr account, posting videos of each speech to our Youtube channel , live tweeting the conference (#LP14), as well as regular updates on Facebook . So if you’re not able to attend conference you can still keep up with everything that happens.
On Sunday in a packed Liberty Hall, members of the Labour Party endorsed Emer Costello MEP (Twitter @EmerCostello) as our candidate in the forthcoming European Elections.
Speaking after receiving the nomination Dublin’s MEP Emer Costello spoke of her passion and her optimism for Dublin, Ireland and Europe’s future and how Labour has a strong tradition of representing the people of Dublin in Europe.
“MEPs have a much greater say than ever before. Decisions taken in the European Parliament affect Dublin more than ever before. The choice facing voters is clear.