Left Field | Labour News
March 2018


Brexit is a Tragedy, not farce

Almost two years have now passed since the British people voted in the Brexit referendum. For those of us this island, those two years have seen plenty of anxious moments.

Brendan Howlin TD Party Leader

Women who’ve blazed a trail for Labour

In Ireland the women’s cause is felt by all Labour men and women as their cause; the Labour cause has no more earnest and whole-hearted supporters than the militant women.The Reconquest of Ireland by James Connolly, 1915

Joanna Tuffy, Spokesperson on Affordable Housing

Labour Women Suffragette School

2018 marks 100 years since some women achieved voting rights in Ireland. While the role of women in Irish politics has certainly come a long way since that time, it has to be acknowledged that there is still a significant gender imbalance in the political sphere.

Ellen O’Sullivan, Labour Women

In April, let’s march

The National Homeless and Housing Coalition is a broad coalition of unions, NGOs and political parties. It grew from a SIPTU and FORSA Housing Campaign begun in 2016 that focused on secure rents and increasing public housing supply.

Cllr. Alison Gilliland

Freehill’s Report on Women’s Empowerment Adopted at Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) Conference in Egypt

Cllr Mary Freehill our Labour member of the European Committee of the Regions and member of the PES recently presented a report on “The Empowerment of Women in the Mediterranean” to the Association of Local and Regional Authorities for the Mediterranean (ARLEM), in Giza, Egypt.

Emer Costello, Dublin Central

Launching Repeal in Cork

Almost a year ago, Luke Field and Siobhán Lydon, both of Labour Cork South Central, attended the inaugural meeting of the Cork Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

Siobhán Lydon, Cork South Central

Repeal Fundraising Phone Bank

Brian McDowell, General Secretary

Labour LGBT news

March was a great month for Labour LGBT. Co-chairs Karl Hayden and Aoife Leahy were delighted to attend the launch of LGBT Ireland at the Mansion House on March 5th 2018.

Aoife Leahy and Karl Hayden

What more can we do for gender equality

Locker room talk has evolved over time. Donald Trump’s experience has been very different to mine. I remember one particularly animated conversation I had in the fire station locker room back in 2012.

Eric Nolan, Cork

Woman’s Day 1918

The noted labour historian W P Ryan in this famous book of 1919:256) The Irish Labour Movement viewed as “An important step for Irish Labour was the founding towards the close of 1917 of a weekly organ of its own, Irish Opinion, called subsequently The Voice of Labour.

Dr. Jack McGinley, Irish Labour History Society

Dates Of Some Labour History Events Later In 2018

Wednesday 18th April: 10.20AM to 3PM: Anti-Conscription Seminar, Wednesday 18th April: 2018 Hugh Geraghty Lecture, Saturday 5th May 2018: Conference on Labour and Nationalism, 9th/20th October 2018: Conference Taking Place in Belfast on the life of William Walker.

Quiz for Repeal

As the referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment approaches, join Labour Youth at our table quiz fundraiser on Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm in the Teachers Club, Parnell Square Dublin 1. We’ll have some fantastic prizes on offer for both the quiz and the raffle afterwards.

Chloe Manahan, Chair of Labour Youth