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Day 8 : #GE16 We'll introduce affordable and high-quality childcare

Posted on February 10, 2016

Today we launched our plans for affordable and high quality childcare with Tanaiste Joan Burton, Deputy Ciara Conway and Cllr Mark Wall. Our plan whic h includes capping the cost of childcare for parents to €2 per hour by 2021 and an increase in paternity leave by three months. 

[You can read our plan here]

As a father our candidate in Kildare South, Mark Wall knows the importance of good childcare provision "Today we are also proposing that parental leave is extended by 3 months, to be shared by both parents. We recognise that fathers should have the opportunity to bond with their new-born children – it’s why we introduced two weeks of paternity leave in the last Budget, which will happen in September."

 

 

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Day 7 #GE16 : We're Launching a Skills Revolution

Posted on February 09, 2016

Today we launched our plan for a living wage and investing in skills in one of Ireland's living wage employers - Clúid Housing with Tánaiste Joan Burton , Minister for Business Ged Nash and our candidate in Dublin Central Joe Costello TD.

[Read our plan for a skills revolution]

We will introduce a Living Wage of €11.30 per hour by 2021 and we will make the State a living wage employer by 2021. Our plan commits to creating 50,000 apprenticeship and traineeship places by 2020 and100,000 new free part-time education places.

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Here's our party political broadcast

Posted on February 08, 2016

Our party political broadcast (PPB) will be aired tonight on RTE 1 after the Six-One news but you can see it here first. Do share it with your family and friends. 

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Day 6 #GE16 : A Strong Economy for a Decent society

Posted on February 08, 2016

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Today in our Headquarters in Dublin's Docklands we launched our economic plan for the next five years that centres around creating a strong economy for a decent society. Our tax plan is focussed on low and middle income families -the families that most need a break.

Tánaiste Joan Burton, Ministers Brendan Howlin, Alex White and Deputy Nolan launched our plan in which we will invest €3 in services for families and communities for every €1 reduction in tax - only Labour will invest in the services that families and communities need.

[Read our plan for a Strong Economy for a Decent Society]

Day 5 #GE16 : We're growing the Green Economy

Posted on February 07, 2016

Ministers Alex White, Kevin Humphreys and Cllr Carrie Smyth today launched our policy on how we are going to grow the green economy and create 13,000 new jobs in the procress.

[You can download our Growing the Green Economy Plan here]

We will create a new €1 billion Green Infastructure Fund to fund immediate action needed on climate change . Having delivered ground-breaking and historic climate change legislation we will now invest in the energy sector to create jobs, grow business and benefit the economy by expading the Better Energy. Warmer Homes scheme to retrofit 225,000 homes over the next five years.

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Day 4 #GE16 : We're standing up for Rural Ireland

Posted on February 06, 2016

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Today we launched our plan for Rural Ireland in Athy with Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan, Senator John Whelan and Cllr Mark Wall. 

[Download our Standing up for Rural Ireland plan here]

We're committed to achieving a whole of Ireland recovery. Our vision is to build thriving hubs of economic activity across every region. Labour’s goal is to provide a job for everyone who wants one by 2018. We believe that every person should have the chance to work, which means investing in and supporting balanced regional development. By building up all of our regions, we can reverse the cycle of emigration and provide sustainable opportunities in rural communities.

 

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Day 3 #GE16: We've officially launched our campaign!

Posted on February 05, 2016

Today we officially launched our campaign around the corner from our new head office in the beautiful Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Our Party Leader Tánaiste Joan Burton , Deputy Leader Minister Alan Kelly and Minister Brendan Howlin addressed many of our candidates who were in attendance as well as election staff.

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Minister Alan Kelly, fresh from his appearance on Today with Seán Ó Rourke , MC'd the event describing the Labour Party is the party of opportunity. "To make the most of this opportunity, Ireland requires a stable and balanced government, not a gamble on an uncertain future. The Labour Party is the only party that can provide stability and balance."

Minister Alan Kelly  

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Day 2 #GE16 : A Job for Everyone Who Wants One

Posted on February 04, 2016

Today we launched our Standing up for Jobs Plan  - our plan is to reach full employment by 2018. There will be a job for everyone who wants one. Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Ged Nash launched the plan in the Boann Distillery in Drogehda. 

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Labour is the party of work. Work gives us dignity and purpose, as well as improving the quality of our lives. We are facing into a decade of opportunity, and our plans are based on delivering one simple, but powerful promise – a job for everyone who wants one.

[Download Standing up for Jobs from our policy section.]

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#GE16 - We're Off!

Posted on February 03, 2016

Today President Michael D. Higgins dissolved the 31st Dáil. The General Election will be held on Friday, February 26th. 

As a party, we are ready for #GE16 - our candidates have been out knocking on doors meeting people, election teams are putting up posters today and Tánaiste Joan Burton is ready to go around the country on the Leaders' Tour.

The Tánaiste Joan Burton talking to staff in our HQ about the coming weeks and #GE16

You can follow our campaign on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , Flickr , Youtube , Snapchat (thelabourparty)

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Standing up for Ireland's Future- Tánaiste Joan Burton at #LP16

Posted on January 30, 2016

Over the weekend at national conference, the Party Leader Joan Burton revealed Labour's ambitious plans for Ireland's future. You can read her speech below or watch it back from the video.

 

This will be a year of profound journeys for Ireland.

We’ll journey back in time, to 1916, to reflect on the spark that lit the flame of independence.

We’ll journey to airports, ferries and train stations, to see our loved ones return home in great numbers as the recovery gathers pace.

And we’ll journey to the polls in our millions, to chart the way forward for our country.

We’ll start from different places and with different emotions.

But we’ll share the same objectives, concerns, and desires.

That our families are healthy and happy.

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