Left Field | Labour News
June 2018


Migration Reform by Brendan Howlin TD

These are the important issues I raised at Leaders' Questions yesterday. Ireland, as you know, is one of the world's most open economies. But we are also one of the world's most open societies.

Brendan Howlin TD, Leader of the Labour Party

Pride everywhere this month

June was a busy month for Labour LGBT, with a huge variety of Pride events being held. At the FLAC launch of the Dr Lydia Foy case report on June 8th, it was great to hear praise and thanks for Senator Kevin Humphreys and Joan Burton TD from TENI chair and Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade Grand Marshall Sarah Phillips, for all their work on gender recognition legislation.

Aoife Leahy and Karl Hayden Labour LGBT

Government failing homeless families

On Thursday the Dáil debated child homelessness and on the same day, the latest figures for May were published showing a national scandal of 3,826 homeless children. With the school holidays now underway this presents a nightmare scenario for families that are accessing emergency accommodation in hotels.

Jan O’Sullivan TD, Spokesperson on Housing

We are election ready

Are you surprised that Leo and Michael, two conservative men are happier talking about themselves and elections instead of housing, health, education and worker’s rights? I’m not.

Brian McDowell, General Secretary

A New Republic Public Meeting

What’s next to achieve equality in Ireland? How can we ensure affordable housing for all? What does the future of work look like

Evanna Craig, Project Coordinator

Seminar on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

On Saturday 7th July our seminar will start at 11:00 in Barlow House. This historic building was the former home of the Drogheda Gardaí until about a decade ago, when it was converted to a public space. Tea and coffee is served at arrival for attendees.

Dominic Hannigan, Chair International Affairs Unit

2018 Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary

The 2018 Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary application process has opened. The details and application form are available online on our website.

Mags Murphy, Head of Campaigns, Communications and Fundraising

Join Labour LGBT at Dublin Pride

Labour LGBT invites you to take part in the Dublin Pride Parade which takes place this Saturday the 30th of June 2018. This year is the 35th anniversary of the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade. It is also the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality and last but certainly not least, the year we finally repealed the 8th Amendment from our constitution. Let’s celebrate these momentous landmarks together.

Caroline Winston, Head of Membership, Development and Party Sections

Lá na mBan celebrated in Kilkenny

On Saturday 9th June Labour Women in Kilkenny held an event to commemorate the centenary of Lá na mBan which took place on the same date in 1918. The event was organised by Labour Party members Andrea Cleere and Róisín Ní Cléirigh in Butler House in Kilkenny and we were joined by members of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society.

Gina Doolan, Chair Charlie Smith Branch

We're hiring

The Labour Party are currently recruiting a Part time Online Campaigns and Web Officer.

The Government has finally proceeded to the General Scheme of legislation that will see Cork City Council expanded for the first time in over 50 years

There are issues aplenty to discuss through the legislation, the transition and the implementation of this newly expanded metropolitan area. However, what is one of paramount importance is the ethos of the authority. Is it to be a representative organisation of the newly expanded city or remain an Executive-heavy directed subsidiary of central government?

Peter Horgan, Area Representative