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Marriage Equality now a Reality

Posted on October 22, 2015

Today the Marriage Bill passed through the Seanad. The Marriage Bill has given legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples to get married. Following on from the historic Marriage Equality Referendum in May, Labour TDs, Senators and members gathered in Leinster House today to watch the Bill being passed.

Speaking after the Bill passed in the Seanad Deputy John Lyons TD said: “The realisation of marriage equality in Ireland will have a positive impact on the lives of so many lesbian and gay couples who have been waiting for the right to be able to say 'I do' in front of their friends and in front of their families.

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Are You Better Off in #Budget16?

Posted on October 20, 2015

Launching our Budget 2016 calculator

Today, An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have launched the Labour Party’s Budget 2016 calculator.

[Try the Budget calculator to find out how Budget 2016 affects you.]

The calculator helps people quickly access how various tax cuts and child benefit increases will positively affect the money in their pockets and can be found on our Budget 2016 website here.

The recovery is starting to reach the kitchen table. Families have a little bit more at the end of every month. This Budget continues that, but does nothing to risk that recovery. This Budget is also about delivering on opportunity. It shows what Labour in Government is delivering, and what we can deliver if returned to Government.

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Budget 2016 is about making life better for our people

Posted on October 13, 2015

Through perseverance Labour in government has restored the health of our public finances. It will not risk the hard earned gains of that recovery.

#Budget16 - Better for Families

This government will, however, continue the process of significantly raising living standards and investing in essential services. It will also deliver for vulnerable groups. Only a strong economy can deliver a decent society and only a government with Labour at its core can deliver both.

This budget will mean better living standards and fairer taxes. We will reduce contributions from all low and middle workers on all income earned under €70,000 and we will increase the minimum wage. We will increase vital supports including the pension and respite care grant and will provide an increased Christmas Bonus.

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#Budget16 - Better for You - Better for All

Posted on October 13, 2015

Over the next while we'll be posting lots of information about today's Budget. In the meantime you can watch Minister Howlin's full Budget speech from the link and we've also prepared a comprehensive document containing everything you need to know about #Budget16 which you can download from here

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Today is the start of a very profound shift in the Irish workplace - Tanaiste

Posted on October 08, 2015

Today An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Business Ged Nash have welcomed the announcement by Lidl that they will be introducing a living wage to their workforce of 3,800 people. Lidl are the first employer to become a nationwide employer; paying their employees North and South a living wage.

An Tánaiste and Labour Party leader, Joan Burton has described the move by Lidl as a “profound shift in the Irish workplace, when employers begin to embrace the Living Wage”.

[Read the Tanaiste's statement in our media centre.]

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Labour Women launch Childcare Report

Posted on October 07, 2015

Let's talk about childcare

Labour Women have launched their Let’s Talk About Childcare Report which was commissioned by An Tánaiste and Labour Party Leader Joan Burton to explore issues surrounding childcare in Ireland and to make recommendations that will feed into Labour’s General Election manifesto. 

The report was presented to the Party Leader by Deputy Joanna Tuffy, Deputy Ciara Conway, Deputy Arthur Spring and Deputy Michael McCarthy along with representatives of Labour Women.

[Download Let's Talk about Childcare' working group report from our policy section.]

The working group was established in July 2015 to look at at progressive ways to improve childcare in Ireland. An online campaign was carried out using videos, online and offline questionnaires as well as public meetings. 

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Minister O'Sullivan launches Digital Strategy for Schools

Posted on October 07, 2015

JOS Digital Schools (1)

Minister Jan O’Sullivan (Minister for Education and Skills) has today launched the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. Speaking at the launch at the Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Minister O’Sullivan said: “Giving our students the opportunity to develop 21st century skills is a priority. Technology is embedded in all aspects of our lives, and is bringing our society new advantages and solutions every day. “This five year strategy will achieve our goal of allowing all students to develop 21st century skills.

[Download the Digital Strategy for Schools from our policy section here.]

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Minister Howlin talks about this week's announcement of the Government's Capital Plan

Posted on October 01, 2015

Earlier this week Minister Brendan Howlin and the Tánaiste Joan Burton revealed details of the Capital Plan, 'Building the Recovery' -  a large scale investment programme that will increase the State’s infrastructure, support economic recovery and jobs, support sustainable communities throughout Ireland and provide modern, fit for purpose buildings to deliver services to our citizens.

In the video Minister Howlin talks about the capital plan and how it will make Ireland's infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

You can find out more about the Capital Plan in a previous post we published on Tuesday and you can download 'Building the Recovery' the capital plan from here

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Minister Nash hosts Living Wage forum as Labour pledges to sign up as a Living Wage employer

Posted on September 30, 2015

Living Wage Forum

Speaking at today’s Living Wage forum organized by the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD, the Tanaiste Joan Burton announced the Labour Party is signing up to be a Living Wage employer.

During his contribution Minister Ged Nash said no one wants to see an economic recovery that creates a growing pool of underpaid workers. He added that he looks forward to Government approval to bring the new minimum wage into effect in the New Year.

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Capital plan will support sustainable economic recovery

Posted on September 29, 2015

Capital Investment Plan Launch - Minister Brendan Howlin

Today’s announcement of a €27 billion capital investment plan 'Building the Recovery' by Brendan Howlin, Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, will provide substantial social and economic benefit to our future and it will contribute to making life better for all.

[Download the Capital Investment Plan 2016 - 2021]

Speaking at the launch the Tanaiste Joan Burton said 'economic recovery is not enough'

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