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Labour launches 2020 Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary

1 June 2020

Statement by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD
Spokesperson on Education, Enterprise and Trade

Launching the Labour Party’s ‘Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary’, Labour’s Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has invited students to apply for the bursary for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.

The bursary, worth €2,000, is named after the leader of the Labour Group on Dublin Corporation who was killed during the Easter 1916 Rising, Cllr Richard O’Carroll.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“Throughout his life as a trade unionist and labour activist, Councillor Richard O’Carroll promoted education as a means to liberate young people from poverty. We are honoured to have worked with Richard O’Carroll’s relatives to create this bursary which we hope will assist young people further their career through education.

"The Labour Party is about bread and roses. Bread: for dignity at work; rights at work; and protection at work, but also roses: for aspiring to something more profound, that money can’t buy. Education is key to realising these aspirations. Education is the great liberator.

“Since the launch of this initiative in 2016, this bursary has been awarded to four deserving students from across the country.

“The Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary is a fitting way to mark the legacy and values of Councillor O'Carroll and I am delighted that the Labour Party has worked with his family to continue to award this bursary."