Labour Women congratulates first female leader of the Labour Party

7 July 2014

Labour Women today extended their congratulations to Joan Burton TD on her election as the first woman leader of the Labour Party.  

Sinead Ahern, Chair of Labour Women said, "This is a momentous day for the Labour Party as our members have elected the first ever female leader of our Party.  Minister Burton’s career in politics has spanned over four decades and in that time she has been a dynamic and outspoken proponent of Labour values and a key supporter of women's issues and indeed of supporting and encouraging many women into politics in Ireland."

"We know, as party that there is much re-building to be done across all levels, within all constituencies and within our membership.  This is no small task but we look forward to working with An Tanáiste Burton in supporting her in this work.  

"We also know that for too many Irish people the recovery has been slow in coming and many are still struggling to get by. We are confident that with Minister Burton at the helm, Labour values will be at the heart of the recovery and we can ensure that the recovery benefits those who need it most.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing leader, Eamon Gilmore TD who has been a constant supporter of Labour Women during his time as leader, and we wish him well on his future endeavours."

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