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.
Here are two videos of Martina Genockey, our Local Election candidate in Tallaght South, you should see.
The first video highlights the work Martina has done in her community in Tallaght and the second video is one Martina made herself entitled 'Tallaght Is' which she made because she is "proud of where I'm from, and what Tallaght is to me".
Last night Martin Schulz was in Dublin to launch his Irish campaign as PES candidate for European Commission President. Martin is President of the European Parliament, and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was joined by party candidates including our Euro candidates Dublin's MEP Emer Costello, Lorraine Higgins (Ireland Midlands/North West) and Phil Prendergast MEP (Ireland South), Labour Youth and party members in welcoming Martin to Dublin and launching his campaign.
Launching Martin’s campaign, the Tánaiste said Martin has been a great friend to the Labour Party and to Ireland: “During the course of these last difficult years Martin has been forthright and forceful in his support for our country. At a time when we have badly needed the solidarity of our European friends Martin has been constantly there to help us and to persuade others to do the same."
Today the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was in Mullingar at the National launch of Local Enterprise Offices where he spoke of how the Government's main objective when it came to office was economic recovery, but economic recovery was not an end in itself. "It was, and is, about repairing the lives of our fellow men and women, a quarter of a million of whom lost their jobs in the worst of the crisis".
Earlier today Dublin's MEP Emer Costello launched her nomination papers for the forthcoming European Elections. In the Audioboo below you can hear what Emer said at a doorstep to journalists. We've also uploaded photographs from this morning to Flickr which you can see here.
With posters on lamposts the elections are in full swing. Over the last few months Dublin's MEP Emer Costello has been busy canvassing steadily throughout the city. Yesterday morning her day started at the crack of dawn in Clonsilla train station with Councillor Michael O'Donovan and from there it was off to Terenure to meet Minister Joan Burton and Councillor Henry Upton.
Today Minister Jan O'Sullivan announced that 952 homes will be provided through a scheme which will bring long-term vacant local authority units back into use. Speaking about the €15m scheme Minister O'Sullivan said: "There is significant pressure on social housing supply and I am determined that no suitable home will be left empty when there are families in need of housing."
Dublin's MEP Emer Costello welcomed the news which will see 135 vacant houses in Dublin returned into liveable homes. "It seems absurd that while we have thousands of families on the housing list, we also have houses lying idle. Boarded up houses benefit no one - especially the communities in which they stand."
This ongoing series will feature our candidates in the forthcoming Local and European elections, party staff and party members sharing their day in photos to give you a taste of a day in the life of a campaign from all different perspectives.