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  1. Support bubbles needed for those who live alone

    Thu Oct 15, 2020 - 09:35 am - Senator Rebecca Moynihan Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan has called on the Government and NPHET to consider allowing for support or social bubbles for those living alone or in single parent households.“The announcement by t...
  2. Fuel allowance payment down €49 versus last winter

    Wed Oct 14, 2020 - 03:33 pm - Seán Sherlock TD Four extra weeks were paid in 2019/2020 season worth €98.Budget increase of €3.50 a week will apply for only 14 weeks from January, worth €49 in 2020//2021 fuel season.After the failure of the g...
  3. Enormous amounts borrowed in Budget 2021 to change very little

    Wed Oct 14, 2020 - 01:55 pm - Alan Kelly TD Speech by Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly on Budget 2021.Yesterday was a historic occasion. It was the first time a Budget was announced outside of Leinster House, it was the largest Budget in the hist...
  4. Independent Review into Leaving Cert Calculated grades fiasco welcome

    Wed Oct 14, 2020 - 11:30 am - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Inquiry must report before the end of the yearLabour Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister Norma Foley that she will facilitate an independen...
  5. Pupil Teacher Ratio reduction must be passed onto DEIS Schools

    Wed Oct 14, 2020 - 11:19 am - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD DEIS schools cannot be allowed fall further behindIreland will have some of the largest class sizes in Europe even with the reductionThe Minister for Education needs to ensure that the pupil-teacher-r...
  6. Mother and Baby Homes Legislation too important to rush

    Wed Oct 14, 2020 - 09:37 am - Senator Ivana Bacik Speaking before it is taken at second stage in the Seanad today, Labour Seanad Group Leader and Spokesperson for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Senator Ivana Bacik has outlined why her...
  7. Budget 2021 fails to address pay and conditions in the Defence Forces

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 07:24 pm - Senator Mark Wall Increased capital investment welcomeBudget 2021 fails to address pay and conditions in the Defence Forces which is exacerbating the recruitment and retention crisis in the forces according to Labour D...
  8. Budget 2021 designed to dazzle - all style but little substance for workers

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 05:24 pm - Senator Marie Sherlock Missed Opportunity to upskill and retrain workers during the pandemic   Speaking in response to the government’s Budget 2021 announcement, Labour Party spokesperson on Employment Affa...
  9. Budget does not deal with any of the long-term structural issues in higher education

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 05:19 pm - Senator Annie Hoey Nothing in this budget deals with precarious workBudget 2021 does not deal with any of the long-term structural issues in the higher education sector according to Labour Spokesperson on Further and Hi...
  10. Budget is a missed opportunity to transform Education in Ireland

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 04:21 pm - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Budget 2021 is a missed opportunity to transform Education in Ireland according to Labour Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.Speaking after the announcement of Budget 2021, Deputy Ó Ríord...
  11. Budget 2021 not ‘equality-proofed’ - no funding increase for childcare

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 04:16 pm - Senator Ivana Bacik no increase in funding for childcare sector.Not enough done for Disability and early years to deliver transformational change.Labour Seanad Group Leader and Spokesperson for Children, Disability, Equa...
  12. A two tier health system in a two tier economy - time for a New Social Contract

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 02:37 pm - Ged Nash TD Speech by Ged Nash TD, Labour Finance spokesperson on Budget 2021. Check against deliveryWe have known deadly disease on our island before.In the 1800’s the Great Hunger saw millions emigrate or die...
  13. Developers Budget Fails Renters and Young People

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 01:47 pm - Senator Rebecca Moynihan No hope for housing crisis unless State ramps up construction beyond todays weak commitmentsHelp to Buy will only inflate housing prices and shared equity line developers pockets Labour called for ove...
  14. Budget fails those on PUP and weekly social welfare payments with no certainty for older workers beyond 2021

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 01:00 pm - Seán Sherlock TD Restoring the cut to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment would cost appox. €10m a week.For second year in a row no increase to weekly social welfare payments.Budget only delays Pension Age increase fo...
  15. Huge increase in young people claiming the PUP – Budget support needed

    Mon Oct 12, 2020 - 03:20 pm - Seán Sherlock TD Biggest increase is in under 25’s with over 10,000 new claimants.Most claimants now in under 25, and 25 – 34 age cohorts.Budget must deliver for young people with new training places and continued...