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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted on July 22, 2017

Opposition to the creation of technological universities has come from many quarters over recent years. The role of members of the Higher Education Authority is not to undermine stated government policy, as Seán Sherlock wrote in the Irish Examiner yesterday.

Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region.

This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop.

The idea of technological universities had emerged from the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, published in January 2011.

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Restoring Trust and Confidence in an Garda Síochána

Posted on July 19, 2017

Brendan Howlin addressing the MacGill Summer School 2017 on the topic of restoring trust and confidence in an Garda Síochána.

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Stopping company directors from jumping ship - Ged Nash

Posted on July 19, 2017

The report from the Company Law Review Group takes over 150 pages to decide: “Yerra, ’twill do”.

In my report to Government two years ago on the sale and liquidation of Clerys, I wrote of the widespread public concern about the way Clerys was closed and how those whose livelihoods depended on the business were treated.

When a company becomes insolvent, then clearly not all creditors can be paid in full. Hence the vital importance of ensuring that there has been fair dealing with the company’s assets and that all property that should be available is used to pay off the company’s debts.

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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.


Pio Smith – Lord Mayor of Drogheda 


Mary McCamley - Mayor of Fingal


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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