Left Field | Labour News
August 2017


Refreshing the Labour team

Each of our TDs has been given responsibility for Government Departments that will remain a central focus for us. Our Senators were given full Government Departments to shadow, and tasked with devising some new and radical policy and campaigning ideas around those areas. I have also added to our team, with our councillors who are new candidates for the next general election given responsibility for some key policy areas for Labour.

Brendan Howlin TD, Labour Leader

Former Labour leader spearheads Ireland's plan to land Rugby World Cup by 2023

Cast into the Labour leadership in very difficult political circumstances in 1982, appointed Tánaiste just eight months later at the age of 32, and deputy leader of a number of Irish governments during the worst days of the Northern troubles, Dick Spring has never been one to shirk a challenge.

Tony Heffernan, Dublin Rathdown

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Earlier this week, our national broadcaster revealed that despite the wealth of female talent at RTÉ just three of its top-ten earning presenters are women.

Cllr. Deirdre Kingston, General Election candidate for Dún Laoghaire

From Wexford town to Zambia

At a time when the Paris Agreement on climate change is under threat from President Trump, it’s timely to focus on who exactly carries the can now and into the future when it comes to ignoring scientific realities. Climate change is no different to any other challenge that any country faces in the 21st century. Those that are well resourced will fare better than those that are poorer.

Joe Ryan, Area representative on volunteering with Zamda

The International Affairs Unit wants your views

The International Affairs Unit of the Party is now up and running and wants your views!

Dominic Hannigan

World Breastfeeding week

Loraine Mulligan writes about her breastfeeding experience and why the launch of the Labour Party's new breastfeeding policy document, that she helped develop with Senator Kevin Humphreys to mark World Breastfeeding week is so important.

Loraine Mulligan, Dublin Central

2017 Labour Party Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary

The Labour Party Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary is named in memory of Councillor Richard O’Carroll. It was launched last year by the Labour Party to mark the centenary of his death during the 1916 Easter Rising.

Marty O'Prey, Dublin Central

Come into the Parlour

Waterford City South Labour Local Area Rep Seamus Ryan hosted a very successful evening of music and conversation last week at the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms in Waterford.  

Seamus Ryan, Local Area Rep, Waterford

Labour Women guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery

On Saturday 8th July, 40 intrepid Labour members, supporters and friends gathered for a fun-filled, educational afternoon on a special Labour Women guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Aideen Blackwood, Dublin Central

Awareness campaign aims to highlight major obstacles people with disabilities face in Dublin City

A campaign to promote disability awareness in the city of Dublin was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr and Dublin City Council. The initiative aims to make the people of Dublin aware that their simple everyday actions can unconsciously create major difficulties for people with visual and mobility disabilities on the streets of Dublin.

Mick Keegan, Chair Labour Disability

We must look beyond the traditional programmes for hosting events in cities

The re-development of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is one to be warmly welcomed by all in Cork city and county and the wider region. The weekend of two days of top billings hurling championship matches shows the benefit of strategic planning for traffic that can bring peace of mind to visitors and residents alike.

Peter Horgan, Cork South Central Local Area Representative