Brendan spoke to Miriam about the buzz that the Wexford Opera and Light Opera Festivals bring to Wexford and while the current Government has neglected the Arts community - Labour in opposition will be vocal on the side of the art's community.
Today during Leaders' Questions our Party Leader, Brendan Howlin TD offered his and the Labour Party's full solidarity and support to the people of Inner City Dublin who are under siege because of criminal activity in the area.
Deputy Howlin said it was important that the Dáil and every Member in it not only stands with the people in the Inner City but is determined to solve the problems they face.
Deputy Howlin called on the Taoiseach to set up a a multi-agency task force to combat the rise of gangland crime in Dublin’s North Inner City - which the Taoiseach responded positively too and assured Deputy Howlin that all sides of the House will have input into the terms of reference.
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Today, Brendan Howlin was elected the 12 th Leader of the Labour Party.
Speaking at the announcement of his Leadership, Brendan Howlin thanked his parliamentary colleagues fot their support and spoke about what Labour has to offer for the Irish people.
Deputy Howlin said: "Labour doesn't offer theatrics. We offer real change. This is uniquely Labour’s space. Democracy is predicated on a contract with the people. And that contract is based on improving people’s standard of living and quality of life."
Today Deputy Willie Penrose with members of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) pubished a Bill which seeks to amend the Constitution to provide for the retention of certain public utilities in public ownership by stipulating there can be no sale of the assets without a referendum.
Speaking at the launch deputy Penrose said: "If the amendment is approved at a referendum, it will not possible for the Oireachtas to pass legislation to approve the privatisation of the companies that own our gas or electricity transimission adn distrubition networks or the public water supply and waste water treatement infrastructure.
The purpose of this Bill is to hold a referendum to retain public ownership of water, gas and electricity .- Willie Penrose
Registration is now open for the annual Tom Johnson Summer school which takes place in Dublin on June 10th to 12th. The theme for this year's summer school is 'Rexamining the Republic' and is one of the key Labour Party 1916 Centenary Commemoration being held this year.
Among the speakers over the weekend are Women for Election’s Hannah Deasy, General Secretary of ICTU Patricia King, General President of SIPTU Jack O’Connor, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Chairperson of TENI Sara Phillips.
Yesterday, the Labour Party and SIPTU celebrated the life of James Connolly with members of the extended Connolly family.
We began the day with a service in the Capuchin Friary on Church Street where special guest President Michael D. Higgins addressed a combined group of trade unionists, members of the Connolly family and Labour Party Members.
We were then led by the Irish Citizen's Army and the Dublin Fire Brigade Band from Church Street to Arbour Hill.
Earlier today our Parliamentary Party Chairperson, Willie Penrose launched the Labour Water Charges (Fair Treatment of Customers Bill) 2016. This Bill will ensure that, in the event of water charges being suspended, there should be fair treatment as between the majority who paid their water charges and those who did not. This Bill provides for the full refund of monies paid by customers who had complied with the law within 6 months.