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How small is the fiscal space? That’s Leo Varadkar’s big headache

Posted on July 05, 2017

In yesterday's Irish Examiner, Brendan Howlin wrote about why fiscal space will be a headache for Leo.

AS I write, harried officials in the Department of Finance are looking down the back of every sofa in Merrion Street.

The National Economic Dialogue (NED) took place over two days last week and the fiscal space isn’t nailed down. The new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, is talking about hidden fiscal space. That’s a far cry from the budget transparency we were promised.

After all, the NED is supposed to discuss what to do with the money available on budget day.

Forget Shane Ross and the judges. This is the real mess on the Taoiseach’s plate.

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24/7 cardiac care for the South East is urgently needed.

Posted on July 04, 2017

Today we attended the #OurLivesMatter rally outside the Dáil for quality, round the clock, cardiac care for the South East.

 

 

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Boys look at political leaders and assume it is where they fit. Girls don't have the same comfort.

Posted on June 29, 2017

Labour Party candidate for Dublin Bay North, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, believes that Leo Varadkar made the wrong decision in his ministerial promotions. Read below to find out why

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Labour is selecting young, vibrant candidates to contest the next General Election

Posted on June 28, 2017

In the last 3 months, we have started selecting young vibrant candidates to contest the next General Election. 

Six general election candidates have now been selected – Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North),  Rebecca Moynihan (Dublin South Central), Ged Nash (Louth), Deirdre Kingston (Dun Laoghaire)  Andrew Montague (Dublin North West). Martina Genockey (Dublin South West)

By the end of the year, we expect to have completed our selection conventions. Leo is saying he won’t call an early election, but if  he does, we’ll be ready.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

 

Rebecca Moynihan 

 

Ged Nash

  Deirdre Kingston

 

Andrew Montague

  Martina Genockey

 

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Mayors and Chairs

Posted on June 28, 2017

Labour is working hard in local authorites for you in communities right across the country. Over the last few weeks Labour Councillors have been elected as mayors and chairs of local authorities and municipal areas.

Louth

Pio Smith – Lord Mayor of Drogheda 

Fingal

Mary McCamley - Mayor of Fingal

 Carlow

Willie Paton - Cathaoirleach, Carlow County Council 
Willie Quinn – Leas Cathaoirleach, Carlow County Council  

Dublin City Council

Áine Clancy - Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin City Council

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Join with us to end the gender pay gap

Posted on May 22, 2017

This Wednesday, the Labour Senators will table a bill requiring employers to publish the difference between what they pay men and what they pay women.

We are asking all Labour members to join us on Kildare Street outside Leinster House at 6pm on Wednesday 24th May, to show your support for this legislation.

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Sign our petition to stop the sale of AIB shares

Posted on May 22, 2017

On Thursday, Dáil Éireann passed a Labour Party motion that calls on the Government to postpone the sale of AIB shares until the fiscal rules are changed to permit enhanced capital spending, rather than using these proceeds to deliver a meaningless reduction of just over 1% to our debt-GDP ratio.

Michael Noonan has now announced that he is going to ignore the decision of the Dáil, and that is not good enough. Sign our petition that calls on the Government to abide by the decision of the Dáil.

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A living wage is key to decency and justice in the workplace

Posted on May 17, 2017

The first defeat suffered by this Government was in relation to the rights of those who work.  Back in June of 2016, the Labour Party tabled a motion on this area, and got enough support from across the house to win Dáil approval for our policies.

 

Since then, the Government has shamefully ignored that motion, which called for the introduction of a living wage of €11.50 per hour throughout the public sector.  And they seem to have ditched their own commitment to substantially increase the national minimum wage. To this useless Government, votes in the Dáil don’t matter. And neither do their own promises.

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Brendan Howlin: Selling off a quarter of AIB is of no benefit to us

Posted on May 15, 2017

In yesterday's Sunday Business Post, Brendan Howlin wrote about why selling 25% of AIB is of no benefit to us.

The Lord Giveth and the Lord taketh away. And so it is with Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe.

Not too long ago, we were treated to an announcement of the Capital Review, the first truly post-crash opportunity to look at our capital funding requirements. The following week, we were briefed on the contracting fiscal space for 2018 and the need for Ministers to pare back programmes in their Departments. Announcing the capital review Minister Donohoe said resources were very, very, very constrained. Contradictions abound.

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Proceeds of AIB sale should be used for capital investment

Posted on May 10, 2017

This week in the Dáil, we are calling on the sale of shares in AIB to be postponed until the proceeds can be committed to capital investment.

 

Government plans to sell AIB shares should be put on hold, until the funds raised can be used to invest in vital State infrastructure.

What we have here is a real opportunity to tackle the infrastructural bottlenecks that are emerging across the country in areas such as transport and housing, to hospitals and schools.

 

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