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.
May Day is celebrated as a workers' holiday throughout the world. The Labour Party introduced the May Day public holiday in 1994.
Since 1994, we have done a lot more for workers' rights :
Increased the minimum wage - twice.
Introduced collective bargaining rights for all workers
Gave Dads two weeks paternity leave to spend time with their families
While much has been achieved the fight for workers continues. We believe that the next big issue for workers is a Living Wage. We believe that everyone who is working should earn enough to live on. We support the introduction of a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour.
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Today, our Party Leader Joan Burton spoke in the Dáil about a possible British Exit of the European Union. The Tánaiste spoke about the benefits of being a member of the European Union and said that the Union is better and stronger together.
The EU has been an essential force not just in building peace, but spreading democracy. Similarly, it has been an essential force not just in promoting prosperity, but equality and human rights. It was the EU which put equal pay on the agenda, the EU which prioritised the rights of people with disabilities.