Left Field | Labour News
September 2017


Ploughing on with #LabourRebuild

From the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, to our annual think-in in Athy and the British Labour Party Conference in Brighton, we have had a busy few weeks preparing for the new Dáil term.

Brendan Howlin TD, Party Leader

March for Choice in Dublin

We in Labour Women would like to thank you for joining us at the 6th annual March for Choice last Saturday in Dublin city centre.

Sinéad Ahern, Chair Labour Women

Time to build on the foundations we have set

Since the general election Party members from across the Country have come together to ensure that the rebuild of our Party takes place from the ground up. Solid foundations have been put in place.

Brian McDowell, General Secretary

Vótáil 100 Celebrating a centenary of women’s suffrage and representation in parliament

2018 marks a particularly important milestone in the celebration of women’s achievements in politics and society, as 1918 marked the first year that Irish women were allowed to vote and run in parliamentary elections.

Senator Ivana Bacik, Chair of the Oireachtas Steering Committee

European social democratic crisis

On September 24 th , the Social Democrats in Germany had their worst national election result in the history of the German Federal Republic. Earlier this year, the French Socialist Party suffered the worst result in their history in an even more dramatic manner.

Neil Warner, Vice-President of the Young European Socialists (YES)

The “Humanising Human Rights”* radio project

As human beings we all have human rights. Mostly, though, we give these human rights of ours very little thought and certainly don’t expend much time or energy pondering the significance of international conventions and treaties that our politicians and civil servants have signed us up to and ratified – often a decade later.

Jane Mulcahy, member Labour Women Executive

No more Homework

Populism has taken the world by storm. Donald Trump and Brexit are the most damaging examples. Like so many others I have watched with dismay. In that light I’m a little uncomfortable proposing what could be considered the most populist proposal ever. No more homework.

Eric Nolan, area representative Cork East

The Basic Income Scheme – Will it work?

In Finland a pilot project on Basic Income started in January 2017. 2,000 randomly picked unemployed 25-58-year-olds are receiving €560 per month with no strings attached. The participants can access employment or training without losing any of their Basic Income. The pilot will run for two years.

Kirsi Hanifin, Labour Party Organiser

What is the Future of Work in Cork?

Join Senator Ged Nash, Spokesperson on Employment and Social Protection; Kathleen Lynch, Spokesperson on Mental Health and Disability; Linda Kelly, IMPACT; Colm Cronin, ONE Cork; Adrian Kane SIPTU and Ciarán Lynch, Spokesperson on Workplace Skills and Training.

New NUIG Labour Youth Society Formed

After a very successful Societies Day in NUI Galway earlier this month Labour Youth is once again an official society in NUIG.

Labour Youth

Special Offer: Ultimate West Cork Foodie Experience

Celtic Ross Hotel: 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast with a West Cork Tasting Menu Dinner on one evening and complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival €115pps