The Proclamation of the Irish Republic shook an Empire and created a Nation. The 1916 Rising was led by activists, trade unionists, poets, musicians, and Gaeilgeoirí. Those women and men were challenging the Ireland of their parents and they demanded change. We in the Labour Party are proud to commemorate the centenary of the Rising and to use this opportunity to question the Ireland that we live in today. We want to use 2016 as a time to remember, to reflect and to keep focused on our efforts to achieve a true Republic with citizenship, liberty, social justice, equality and rights at its core.
Tánaiste Joan Burton has turned the sod at the GROW HQ building site in Waterford City. GROW HQ is Grow It Yourself's national food education centre which will open in Waterford in September 2016.
It is the aim of Grow It Yourself that through GROW HQ they can make nutritious food available to everyone and to help people to live healthier and more sustainable lives by inspiring and supporting them to grow their own food.
Speaking at the launch, Tánaiste Joan Burton said "GROW HQ promises to be fantastic resource that will put Waterford on the map as the home of an important food movement. GIY is a really imaginative approach that brings together social enterprise, community involvement, and healthy eating."
Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced this week that Rule 68 will be repealed in January.
For the last 50 years the official rule governing our national schools -Rule 68- stated in part, that “of all parts of a school curriculum, Religious Instruction is by far the most important, as its subject matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s faculties, and affords the most powerful inducements to their proper use.
Minister Jan O'Sullivan said that Rule 68 will be repealed in January, along with any other rules that don't reflect the diversity of our nation.
Minister Alex White has said in today's Irish Independent that only Labour can deliver a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendement. You can read the original article here.
I campaigned against the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in 1983, and I look forward to the day it is repealed. It prevents Ireland from having a humane framework to deal with tragic cases, such as the pregnant women whose babies have been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.
It has created a constitutional morass that doesn't even deliver what its advocates said they wanted. Worse, the amendment endangers the health and well-being of Irish women.
But we shouldn't make the assumption that achieving a repeal of the Eighth will be easy.
Minister Brendan Howlin recently responded to an editorial in The Financial Times. Link to article here
Your editorial “Ireland should beware a return to boom and bust” (November 27) over-eggs the pudding somewhat. The current government, a coalition of the centre left and centre right, is more than aware of the risks of returning to the past. We have spent considerable energy cleaning up that mess.
Today the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 has passed through the Houses of the Oireachtas. After years of promised Climate Change legislation, the Labour Party has ensured that this important legislation has finally gone through all stages,
Unlike previous Governments, we have not shied away from our commitment to address climate change. Instead, we have sought to responded in a comprehensive manner to one of the most challenging issues facing this and future generations.
Last night Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Bill was amended by the passing of the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013. The Bill amends the provisions of Section 37(1) of the Employment Equality Act to remove the discrimination of LGBT employees of religious run institutions. The passing of this Bill by the Oireachtas is another step for equality for LGBT people.
In our 2011 Election Manifesto we promised amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Acts to end discrimination against LGBT teachers and trainee teachers and we have made good on this promise through the hard work in particular of Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister Jan O'Sullivan, Deputies Ciara Conway, John Lyons, Dominc Hannigan and Senator Ivana Bacik.
Today, the Cabinet agreed to proposals by my colleague, Labour TD Willie Penrose, to reduce the bankruptcy period from three years to one, in a bid to further assist those burdened by unsustainable debt.
I’m confident that by the end of the Dáil’s term, they will have become law, thereby delivering on another core Labour objective. This, in turn, will be another example of the balance Labour has brought to this coalition government.
Last night Deputy Joanna Tuffy, Cllr Pamela Kearns and Cllr Mick Duff held a public meeting in the Red Cow Hotel on the Living Wage. The Panel included David Begg, Director of TASC; Susie McGowan of the Justice for Clerys Workers Campaign and Peter Byrne from the South Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Labour in government has been standing up for families to make sure that every family benefits from the economic recovery. Today the Tánaiste Joan Burton with Deputy Ciara Conway launched a video which is being used in advertising on Facebook and YouTube with the theme "Standing Up for Families'. The video demonstrates how families are beginning to feel the benefits of the economic recovery through a simple slice-of-life scenario of a couple (Michael and Lorraine) being able to afford to attend a major concert for the first time in a number of years.