Left Field | Labour News
May 2017

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Labour – the campaigning Party!

It has been a busy month for the Labour Party. In Leinster House, our legislation on the gender pay gap passed second stage in the Seanad, while our legislation banning microbeads passed second stage in the Dáil, and our motion calling on the Government to delay the sale of AIB until the proceeds could be invested in capital infrastructure also passed through the Dáil.

Brendan Howlin TD

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017

On 24 May 2017, on behalf of the Labour senators group, I introduced a new Labour private members bill in the Seanad for debate. This bill, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017, seeks to tackle the ongoing gender pay gap.

Senator Ivana Bacik

Welcoming the Introduction of Injecting Centres to Ireland

Last week the President signed the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 introducing Injecting Centres to Ireland for the first time. For me it was the culmination of two years of hard work, for others it was the final act in a ten year campaign.

Senator Aodhán ÓRíordáin

Cork City to host 2017 Tom Johnson Summer School

Just over a week to go to the Tom Johnson Summer School, 9-11 June in the Metropole Hotel Cork!!

Caroline Winston, Head of Membership, Development and Party Sections

New Party Units established under Party Constitution

Thank you to all those people who attended and helped out at national conference. The feedback from members has been positive but I am conscious that we can always improve how we organise events.

Brian McDowell, General Secretary

Fighting Climate Change

Pushing the envelope on fighting climate change has been a core pillar in Labour's rebuild. Whether the discussion is taking place in our constituencies, within Labour Trade Unionists or our recent annual conference in Wexford, there is a recognition that it is possible to uphold the value of decent working conditions, while moving to a low carbon economy.

Aideen Carberry, Area Representative for Rathfarnham

A Living Link with Tom Johnson

Considering that the political career of Tom Johnson, the first leader of the Labour Party, ended 81 years ago in 1936 it was fascinating recently to hear of a living link, still surviving in Limerick today, with Johnson and his day to day work as a Labour representative in the 1930s.

Tom Shortt, Limerick City Councillor 2009-2014

Housing policy consultation in Mansion House a great success

At my housing seminar on Tuesday, Chaired by Cllr. Alex White, we heard about what is needed to get vacant housing back in use, and the urgent need for affordable housing. We heard from Dr Lorcan Sirr, housing lecturer in DIT who outlined the appalling data we have on vacancy rates, and the thousands of units that could be put back into use.

Jan O’Sullivan TD

How motherhood became a crime - A planner’s view on post-Tuam reform

My insights into the horrible experiences of women in Irish institutions began in the 1980s. At a Dublin mental hospital I was informed how the place held young women for many decades, merely because they were unmarried mothers.

Diarmuid Ó Gráda, Dundrum Branch, Dublin Rathdown

Area Representatives continue to put themselves forward in the name of Labour

Since the last edition of Leftfield, the Organisational Committee has ratified six more Local Area Reps.

Billie Sparks National Organiser

Erasmus for all

The Erasmus scheme is one of the EU’s greatest success stories. Now we want to open it to everyone

Declan Meenagh, Area representative Cabra

Dublin Pride – Saturday 24th June

A month to go for the Dublin Pride Parade! We hope you can join us for what is a very enjoyable and memorable day in the annual calendar.

Waterford remembers Spanish Civil War veterans

May Day was celebrated in Waterford this May Day at the Spanish Civil War memorial where relatives and friends gathered to remember the 11 Waterford men who fought in the Spanish Civil War in defense of the Spanish Republic and against the fascists of Franco.

Seamus Ryan, Area Representative Waterford City South

Social Media and the Law against Cyber-Bullying and Abusive Posts

There is a growing trend in Irish society of cyber-bullying and online abuse with social media trolls apparently free to continue their attacks with no consequences to their actions. However, what most of these cyber-bullies and their victims fail to realise is that there are laws in Ireland, which protect against these cowardly attacks.

Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee, PRO and Social Media Manager of the Labour Tipperary Executive Committee