Yesterday afternoon, the Labour Deputy Leader Joan Burton, Dublin's MEP Emer Costello and our Dublin West byelection candidate Loraine Mulligan published a briefing paper Options for Ireland's Bank Debt. The paper, by UCD economist, Professor Karl Whelan, examines the issue of legacy banking debt and suggests additional ways in which both the Government and Ireland's MEPs can push for a deal that will further help our economic recovery. [Download 'Options for Ireland's Bank Debt from our policy section.]
Our euro election candidate for Ireland Midlands/North West Lorraine Higgins launched her six-point plan for Making Recovery Local this afternoon. Her plan aims to revitalise main streets across the Midlands/North West and promote new initiatives to support entrepreneurs and small business.
Proposing her plan Lorraine said she wanted to ensure the recovery is not a 'Dublin-led bubble' but sustainable economic growth that 'touches every town and village across my constituency of the Midlands/North West'.
The hallmark of Labour councillors, has and always will be, their hard work and dedication to their local communities. That is what Labour councillors do. They work day after day on the issues that matter most to people in their local areas, whether it’s protecting playing fields and open spaces, investing in parks and playgrounds, making local youth, library and recreational facilities better or ensuring that parking, planning and cleansing services actually respond to the needs of local residents.
The women, coming from the arts, journalism, music, theatre, politics and academia, included Catherine McGuiness, Senator Jillian Van Turnhourt, Denise Charlton, Sally Anne Kinahan, former Senator Mary Henry, Muireann Noonan, Margaret Corcoran, Dr Mary McAuliffe, Minister Joan Burton, former Minister Niamh Bhreathnach and Labour party chair and candidate in the Dublin West byelection Loraine Mulligan.
Labour's relentless focus since coming into government has been on job creation and fixing the economy. When we entered government in 2011, an astonishing 250,000 jobs had been lost in just over two years between 2008 and early 2011. At the peak of the crisis, unemployment stood at 15.1%.
However, after three years of working together with a determined focus on job creation we are starting to see real results in terms of jobs and economic growth. In March 2011, 7,000 jobs were being lost a month.
“As a public representative with twelve years solid experience of representing and of delivering for Dublin, I know the crucial role Europe can play in making Dublin a better place to live, work and raise a family... My plan identifies the challenges now facing Dublin, as Ireland begins to recover.”
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.