Left Field | Labour News
December 2018


'The Bigger Picture'

A life lived well is one where we have done something of service of others. This Christmas, we will all hopefully be enjoying some well-earned rest after a busy year.

Brendan Howlin, TD, Leader of the Labour Party

Presentation of Jo Cox Award

In 2017, Labour Women set up the Jo Cox award for bravery, to be given annually at Labour Party National Conference. It was felt that an award recognising bravery was a fitting tribute to the late MP Jo Cox. This year, the hugely deserving recipients were Vicky Phelan, Stephen Teap and Lorraine Walsh.

Ellen O’Sullivan, Labour Women

Labour delivers on Workers’ Rights, again

Too many people in Ireland go to bed on a Sunday night not knowing what hours they will work and how much money they will earn. But from mid-March of next year, that uncertainty and insecurity will become a thing of the past for thousands of workers in precarious and casual employment.

Senator Ged Nash

European Elections

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban’s government hit world deadlines this again week in what many have dubbed the end of all pretence of democracy in the country. The government passed two laws one which effectively abolished independent judicial oversight and the other, the so-called ‘slave law’ which will mean workers can be asked to take on up to 400 hours' overtime per year. This in a European Union member state in 2018.

Iverna McGowan, Party member Meath West

Labour Women and Vótáil 100

This year marks the centenary of the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which provided Irish women with the right to vote for the first time. Legislation passed later the same year meant women gained the right to run in parliamentary elections, and on December 14th, 1918, women voted for the first time in a general election, in which Constance Markievicz was elected as the first woman TD and MP.

Senator Ivana Bacik

The Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary awards presented to two wonderful young women

The bursary was launched by the Labour Party as part of our 1916 Rising Centenary Commemorations, to remember the life and legacy of Cllr Richard O'Carroll, a Labour Party founder and trade unionist.

Mags Murphy, Head of Campaigns

The practical challenges of delivering social housing

Beech Hill Terrace is a relatively short road here in Donnybrook. There were ten terraced houses built along one side and about five on the other side when Dublin Corporation developed the Estate in the 1950's.

Cllr. Dermot Lacey

2019 will provide plenty of opportunity for Labour

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may well avoid a General Election in 2019 but they will not be able to run away from the local and European elections due to be held on May 24 th 2019. They will not be able to avoid the escalating housing crisis and the deepening problems associated with our Health service.

Brian McDowell, General Secretary

Cork Expansion

The Bill to expand the City of Cork the legislative floor in Leinster House this month, with 128 amendments on the Bill that will redefine Local Government in Cork debated in Committee by TDs and Senators and on the floor of the Dáil by our spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan and in the Seanad by Senator Kevin Humphreys.

Peter Horgan, local election candidate

Irish Labour History Society/Umiskin Press Update

Thanks to all the Labour party supporters in the North East, Donegal/Derry, South East, Wicklow/Wexford/Waterford, Belfast, Dublin, Leitrim, and various other pockets in their turnout in relation to events hosted to do with labour history/Labour Party in 2018.

Jack McGinley

A New Republic Commemoration Event in January 2019

We have now finished accepting submissions for A New Republic, and a busy team of elves is hard at work collating and analysing them. Many thanks to all the members who sent in their thoughts and ideas.

Evanna Craig, Project Manager

Labour Youth Annual Conference 2018

The last 12 months have been extremely busy for Labour Youth. The total membership has continued to rise and Labour Youth has been an active member of the Housing and Homelessness Coalition, campaigning on the 8th amendment and access to free third level education.

Patrick Ahern, Chair

Climate Action Means Rapid Economic Change

Everyone is familiar with the sign that was pinned up in Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign headquarters: “the economy, stupid”. It was a daily reminder to the team – and the candidate – that no matter what they wanted to achieve, the people needed an economy in good shape to deliver jobs and prosperity.

Ivana Bacik and Seán Sherlock

Labour LGBT Update

Labour LGBT co-chair Aoife Leahy and Labour LGBT Treasurer Sean Kearns attended the Belong To Rainbow Ball in late November with Senator Kevin Humphreys, Dominic Hannigan (Labour Party International Unit), Padraig McLoughlin (Labour Equality) and friends. Labour Equality sponsored the table at this important fundraiser, which supports Belong To’s Youth Services.

Labour LGBT

Season’s Greetings - Party Chair

The year is almost over….. and a brand new one beckons, laden with opportunities to further the cause of full economic equality for all, along with climate justice, by rebuilding Labour in Ireland.

Jack O Connor, Labour Party Chairperson