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July 2018

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The Dáil may be in recess, but there’s plenty of political activity going on

The Dáil may be in recess, but there’s plenty of political activity going on. First and foremost, I would like to again thank Party members for all of their hard work on the referendum. It’s yet another example of how Labour’s campaigning over many years has moved social policy in Ireland in a better direction. But we have some important fights on our hands to address Ireland’s many unresolved inequalities and injustices.

Brendan Howlin TD, Leader of the Labour Party

Budget 2019 Members’ Survey

Budget 2019 in October is going to be important. We’re keen to hear from a variety of party members about their analysis and what they feel Labour should prioritise in our alternative budget proposals.

Nat O’Connor, Political Director

A New Republic update

Over the last six weeks we have held a number of different events as part of #aNewRepublic, our party initiative aiming to get people talking about the kind of Ireland they would like to see built over the next 100 years, and rewriting Tom Johnson’s Democratic Programme for the 21stCentury.

Evanna Craig, Project Manager

Party Conference update

As per the new Party constitution agreed in April 2017, everyone who is registered as a head office or constituency Party member for not less than 12 months prior to the 2ndNovember, and who is paid up as of that date, is entitled to attend the Conference as a voting delegate.

Brian McDowell, General Secretary

Commemorating Civil Rights Movement

The International Affairs Unit of the Labour Party (IAU) hosted a seminar in Drogheda in early July to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. As Chair of the IAU I organised and chaired the event, and welcomed speakers including Party Leader Brendan Howlin, Senator Gerald Nash and Councillor Deirdre Kingston, as well as Colin McGrath MLA, Ethel Buckley of SIPTU and Professor Yvonne Galligan of QUB.

Dominic Hannigan, Chair IAU

Craft Beer bill now law thanks to Alan Kelly TD

Alan Kelly has raised a glass to the successful passing of a Bill he introduced in the Dáil that will allow craft brewers sell their products on site. It also applies to small distilleries and cider makers. It means that Ireland's growing craft drink industry can now offer sales of their world renowned products to visitors after tours, as is normal across breweries and vineyards in Europe. It will support jobs across rural Ireland, and shows the impact Labour continues to make in Irish politics, and how small changes in the law can make a real difference.

We need to talk about cycling

As a society we have become hell bent on ensuring that our roads are good enough to transport cars by the lorry load, with no thought given in the round to the road experience for cyclists and pedestrians. We may have cycle lanes but far too often around our city and county they peter out into nothingness, leaving cyclists isolated once again on our road.

Peter Horgan, Area Representative

Representing Labour Party at YES Summer Camp

At the Young European Socialists summer camp in Rota, Spain, Labour Disability held it's first International event. We hosted a workshop on Disability and Universal design as part of the camp program.

Declan Meenagh, Labour Disability

We are hiring

The Labour Party are looking to hire a Membership Development Manager and an Online Campaigns, Web and Database Manager to join the team in head office.

Full job descriptions are available on the Labour website.