Blog Archive | 2011

An Tánaiste takes Leaders' Questions

Posted on September 29, 2011

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore took Leaders' Questions in the Dáil this morning, which discussed jobs, the sale of State assets and financial governance. You can read the transcript at the Oireachtas website.

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Rabbitte announces funding for digital skills training

Posted on September 28, 2011

Minister Pat Rabbitte - At the Silver Surfer Awards where he announced funding for digital skills training
At the Silver Surfer Awards where he announced funding for digital skills training

Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources today announced funding of a total of €1.88m for 20 training projects in a variety of community and voluntary groups and not for profit organisations under the Benefit 3 scheme.

The funding was announced at the Silver Surfer Awards which was sponsored by Google in conjunction with Age Action. The awards were given to people over the age of 50 who had interesting stories on how they began to use technology, be it on the internet or on their mobile phone.

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Gilmore backs bid for Palestinian statehood

Posted on September 26, 2011

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore addressing the UN General Assembly

Today An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD addressed the UN General Assembly where he said 'the decision of President Abbas to seek Palestine's membership of the United Nations is entirely legitimate and understandable. Palestine has the same right to membership of the United Nations as Ireland or any other Member of this Organisation'.

An Tánaiste also said: "Everybody knows what a final and comprehensive settlement would involve: two States, based on 1967 borders with mutually agreed swaps, living side by side in peace and security. It is more pressing than ever before to get direct negotiations underway which would address all the core issues and would culminate in such an agreement within a specified time-frame.

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Grand Canal Cycle for Console

Posted on September 25, 2011

The Lord Mayor Andrew Montague - The Grand Canal Cycle for Console
The Grand Canal Cycle for Console

Well done to everyone who took part in the weekend's Grand Canal Cycle for Console. The fun family event was organised for Console and saw cyclists ride from the Grand Canal Theatre to the 12th Lock (Lucan).

At the launch of the event was the Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and it is hoped the cycle will be become an annual event.

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Labour turn the heat up on Sinn Féin

Posted on September 22, 2011

Speaking on the Dáil motion on the sale of a minority stake in the ESB, Labour deputies highlighted the utter hypocrisy of Sinn Féin.

In typical Sinn Fein 'doublespeak' they claim that this proposed minority sale, which we are committed to by way of a sovereign commitment in the EU/IMF deal, will result in the State losing its majority ownership of ESB. This is utter nonsense and is deliberately attempting to mislead the public.

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€6 million rail investment announced

Posted on September 19, 2011

Minister Alan Kelly

"If we want to offer people a proper level of public transport this will require investment. This funding will greatly enhance both the customer service Irish Rail offers as well as equipping them with the ability to reduce costs in the future. It's a win win," Minister Alan Kelly has said today announcing a €6million investment for Irish Rail.

The funding is coming from reallocated capital within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and is being spent on works that will be completed by year end including on line speed improvements, further roll-out of wifi on trains and important fuel saving technology to reduce costs.

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Gilmore takes Leaders' Questions

Posted on September 15, 2011

The Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore today took Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, among the topics raised were the sale of State assets and lump sum payments for public servants.

Today is the first time that the Tánaiste has taken Leaders' Questions under the new Standing Orders and he robustly defended the record of Labour in Government.

You can watch the proceedings in the accompanying video and read the Dáil transcript when it is live on the Oireachtas website.

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We're recruiting

Posted on August 22, 2011

[EDIT] This position is now closed.

We're recruiting a part time position of Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of Dáil Eireann.

Closing Date is September 2nd at 5pm

You can find out more details and how to apply on our Recruit page.

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Book of Condolences opened following yesterday's tragedy in Norway

Posted on July 23, 2011

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Following yesterday's violence in Norway we have opened an online Book of Condolences which will then be presented to Norwegian Labour Party.

The Labour Leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore expressed his shock at the tragedy and extended his deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives and to our Norwegian colleague and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The Tanaiste's statement can be read here.

Sign the online Book of Condolences here.

A further book will be opened in the Labour Party head office in Dublin on Monday and we will provide more details of that later.

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Opposition JLC Bill not sufficiently robust says Deputy White

Posted on July 20, 2011

A lot of concern has been expressed about JLCs in the wake of last week's High Court decision to find them unconstitutional. The situation is more complex than a lot of people believed it to be and last night Deputy Alex White outlined some reasons why we can't rush into passing legislation. You can see Deputy White's speech in the accompanying video. You can also read Deputy White's speech from our media centre.

You can also see a video of Minister Sean Sherlock's contribution at this link.

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