During Leaders Question today in the Dáil, the Labour Leader Brendan Howlin welcomed the Government's decision of an infrastructural fund of €250 million to be used for housing. However Deputy Howlin questioned how Local Authorities were to match the funding and when the money would be drawn down. You can watch the full exchange below.
At the annual Tom Johnson Summer School, Brendan Howlin gave his first address to Labour Party members as Labour Party Leader. Deputy Howlin spoke about the gains Labour made in Government and how we will highlight issues rooted in core Labour values in opposition.
Deputy Howlin spoke about whilst others on the left talk, the Labour Party do the hard yards. "But alone on the left Labour realises the link between social progress and economic success. In our last two periods in office we have left the economy and the public finances in better condition than we found them. Who else can say that?"
We were delighed recently to welcome pupils from Gaelscoil Mhainitir Na Corann (Midletown) with winning student Abbie Foley (10 years old) to the Dáil. Abbie was the Munster winner of the Labour Party 1916 Primary School Art competition 'My Republic'. The class enjoyed a tour of the House after meeting the Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD and their local Labour Oireachtas member Deputy Sean Sherlock.
Today during Leaders' Questions Brendan Howlin called on the Government to to establish a robust task force dedicated to tackling crime and deprivation in Dublin’s North Inner City.
Deputy Howlin stressed that it is essential the task force carries real weight and has a cross government department approach in tackling the root causes of crime and deprivation. It must include representation from the North Inner City community. The people who understand most the problems in the area are the people who live and work in the community.
Today our Party Leader Brendan Howlin announced our spokespeople line up on Kildare Street.
In the Dáil, in the Seanad, and in society at large, they will lead the work of rebuilding our party. And fighting for progressive change in Ireland. The group of 19 spokespersons announced today will begin this important work working with our 50 councillors.
Our councillors and spokespersons, along with members across the length and breadth of the country will begin working to revive a radical policy agenda for the Labour Party;
Last night, the Dáil supported the Labour Party’s motion and said #Yes4WorkersRights. This marks the first loss for the new FG/Independent Government and the first time a Government has lost a Private Members' Motion since 1989.
We were delighted to be joined in the Dáil Gallery last night by Clerys' workers, trade unionists and Labour members old and new to see the Dáil back improving working conditions for people by introducing a living wage, tackling zero hour contracts and delivering stronger rights and protections for employees in the workplace.
The passing of our motion has shown New Politics and Labour's constructive opposition at work. We've only just begun - get involved today.
The Labour Leader Brendan Howlin TD introducing Labour's workers' rights motion to the House
Today during Leaders' Questions our Party Leader Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when the Government plan to legislate for the recommendations of the University of Limerick Report on Zero Hour Contracts.
Deputy Howlin pointed out to the Taoiseach that there is only 2 paragraphs on workers' rights in the Programme for Governemnt which is miniscule compated to other topics - and that workers' rights were in danger of being the first area seriously damaged by this Governmet.
Is it the Government's intention to legislate the proposals on Zero Hr Contracts that was advanced by @geraldnash ?-Brendan Howlin #Dáil
The Labour Party was born out of the trade union movement and we have a long history of standing up for working people.
In government we resisted domestic and international pressure and increased the minimum wage twice and introduced collective bargaining to strengthen the ability of workers to negotiate with employers over pay and conditions.